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Deadline for Pima County Comprehensive Plan Updates and Sahuarita General Plan Amendments is April 30, 2010.
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Dove Mountain
Currently home to the Accenture Match Play Tournament and the recently opened Ritz Carlton, Dove Mountain is considered one of the most prestigious projects in Southern Arizona. The Planning Center has been involved with Dove Mountain from its inception in 1986 including master planning, cactus salvage supervision, visioning, landscape architecture and entitlements.
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Benefits of Master Planned Communities
Development of large parcels, especially those exceeding 200 acres, presents unique challenges and opportunities. Due to a large site's magnitude, a successful plan must be sensitive to long-range environmental, economic, social and political impacts on surrounding areas. Master plans directly address these issues in a positive problem-solving manner.

Creation of a master planned community requires a team effort by the developer, local jurisdiction, planners, engineers, and landscape architects. The result is a sensitive, viable plan for development in harmony with the surrounding area. Densities are pre-determined; jobs/housing balances can be achieved together with a broad range of complementary land uses. Commercial businesses complement residential growth and public services and facilities such as schools, parks, libraries and public safety services are built concurrently in an efficient and timely manner, not as a delayed reaction.

A central goal of master planned development is to preserve and enhance the landscape while maintaining the integrity of the site. Resulting designs are tailored to the topography and character of the environs. The promotion of higher density, mixed-use neighborhoods, alternatives to the automobile and the preservation of natural features are important elements in the planning process.

Active and passive amenities and their scale and placement are also important ingredients. The focus of the initial planning creates unique amenities, which enhance land values and appeal to the residents of the community.

A master planned community offers the developer, residents, neighboring property owners and public officials assurance that development will be consistent with the goals of the community and that a high level of quality will always be maintained. Such a community creates residential neighborhoods and village centers which are interconnected by walkways, boulevards and trails to afford residents the opportunity to work, shop, play and access services. Most significantly, each community's character and, therefore, each property's value is preserved and enhanced.

Click here to see a list of master planned communities by The Planning Center.
Featured Project
Sendero Pass Specific Plan
Located within southwest metropolitan Pima County, a targeted growth area, Sendero Pass is a true master planned community encompassing a mix of land uses, from residential and employment to commercial and recreation.
Sendero Pass
Pedestrian-oriented mixed-use development is a key feature of the Sendero Pass Specific Plan.

A unique combination of challenges surfaced during the preparation of this plan. The Planning Center led successful efforts to:

Introduce an out-of-town client to development in Southern Arizona;
Work with Pima County on a new approach to incorporate design standards into specific plans;
Integrate sustainable concepts and features into the project in accordance with Pima County's Southwest Infrastructure Plan (SWIP);
Cooperate with various stakeholders, including the Tucson Airport Authority and Kitt Peak Observatory, to ensure their concerns are addressed in the Plan; and
Strike a balance between local demands for sustainable and affordable development.
Kino Health Campus PAD
In cooperation with Pima County, the City of Tucson and surrounding neighborhood associations, The Planning Center created a master plan for Kino Health Campus, which currently houses UPH Hospital at Kino. The primary goal of the master planning process for the 184-acre Pima County-owned site is to stimulate private development on the campus.
Kino Health Campus
Construction of the Herbert K. Abrams Public Health Center on the Kino Health Campus was completed in February 2007.

The Kino Health Campus PAD aims to:

Consolidate healthcare-related workforce training at a single location; and
Increase the overall number of healthcare students, which results in an increased number of healthcare-related employees in the community.

The resulting document, Kino Health Campus Planned Area Development (PAD), establishes land use regulations, design standards and development phasing to support a sustainable healthcare campus featuring state-of-the-art research and teaching programs on Tucson's south side.
About the Project Manager
Robin Large, AICP

Robin Large Robin is The Planning Center's Director of Land Development Planning. She is responsible for land use plan preparation and entitlement processing, including specific plans, planned area developments (PADs), master plans and rezonings. Robin manages projects through various land development processes, such as plan amendments, annexations, development and plan subdivision plat review, variances, land divisions and conditional use permits. Prior to joining The Planning Center, Robin worked as a planner for the Town of Marana and the City of Tucson Rio Nuevo Office.
New Projects
Country Club/Fairview Senior Housing Landscape Design
Pima Mine Road/I-19 Annexation
Rancho Sahuarita Specific Plan Amendment
Center for Neurosciences Sign Code Investigation
HSL Elmwood Street Abandonment

Recently Approved Projects
Fort Lowell Park Office Rezoning
Reay's Ranch Trico Road Rezoning
HSL La Cholla Comprehensive Plan Amendment

Pro Bono Projects
Vail Visioning Development Presentation
Pima County Downtown Government Complex Landscape Design
Mike Grassinger was elected to the Executive Board of Trustees for SAHBA.
Mike Grassinger was elected as the Vice President of the DM 50.
Linda Morales was elected to the DM 50.
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