The Comprehensive Plan is a “blueprint” or “guide” for the conservation and development of lands and land uses in the County and promotes orderly and well-planned future development throughout the unincorporated areas of the County. The Plan was first adopted in 1984 and last revised in 2015.
The Comprehensive Plan consists of policies, Growth Area Categories, Land Use Map Designations, Master Development Plans and Community or Area Plans. Growth Category designations describe the existing and expected intensity of development of an area.
- Growth Category A--Urban area, such as that found around the City of Sierra Vista, describes an area of intense growth.
- Growth Category B—Community Growth areas, describe unincorporated communities such as the Whetstone, Tombstone, Hereford, Pirtleville and St David “townships” as well as the unincorporated areas around Benson and Willcox.
- Growth Category C—Rural Community Areas characterize the Bisbee Junction, Palominas, J-Six/Mescal, Dragoon, Bowie, San Simon, Cochise and Double Adobe areas of the County. The
- Growth Category D—Rural Areas characterize the Tres Alamos, the area around the St. David township, the Portal area and other not-specifically-identified rural areas or communities.
Community and area plans are included in the Comprehensive Plan and address the future growth of a specific community or region of the County. They offer an opportunity for citizens who live and work in an area to have voice in the location, type and intensity of growth in their community. Seven community plans have been adopted: the Naco Community Plan and Development Map, the Mid-Sulphur Springs Valley Area Plan (for an area surrounding Sunsites and Pearce), the Southern San Pedro Valley Area Plan (for an area south of Hereford Road), St. David Community Plan, Tres Alamos Community Plan, Elfrida Community Plan and the Babocomari Community Plan. These plans based on long discussion with the community are designed to support land uses that enhance and protect an area’s unique character.
Staff, the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors use plans as a guide for making decisions on land use changes. Existing zoning is not changed by the adoption of a plan or a revision to the Comprehensive Plan.