Apache County Comprehensive Plan


The Planning & Zoning Commission has finished an initial draft of the Comprehensive Plan. This draft keeps some of the sections from the original 2004 plan, but also includes many changes and additions. Click on the links below to read the three Elements. After reading them, please send comments and feedback to this email address: planning@co.apache.az.us, or call Devin or Shanna at 928-337-7526. Those comments will be given to the P&Z Commission for review as they continue drafting the plan.

Introduction (coming soon)
Land Use Element
Circulation Element
Infrastructure and Services Element
Character Areas
Existing Circulation
Proposed Circulation Routes
Existing Conditions

What is the Comprehensive Plan?
In simplest terms, the Comprehensive Plan is a way for the county to plan for the future growth of the county.

Each county is mandated by state law to develop a Comprehensive Plan, and it must be made “with the general purpose of guiding and accomplishing a coordinated, adjusted and harmonious development” of the county. ARS 11-804.A

Also, the Plan’s “purpose and effect shall be primarily as an aid to the county planning and zoning commission and to the board of supervisors in the performance of their duties.” ARS 11-804.A

The Planning & Zoning Commission is tasked with formulating the Plan. After the public has had time to comment on this first draft, the Commission will review it and make changes if necessary before holding a public hearing on a final draft. The Commission will then send the final draft to the Board of Supervisors, who, after a public hearing, can either adopt the plan, make changes, or reject it.

What is a Community Plan?
The Comprehensive Plan is a general plan for the whole county and does not attempt to address specific needs of each community. So we are encouraging communities to develop their own “Community Plans” that can be incorporated into the Comprehensive Plan. A Community Plan is a land use plan for a specific area and addresses the unique needs of that community. For example, Concho, Alpine, and Nutrioso each have community plans that were incorporated into the 2004 comprehensive plan. Right now, both Concho and Greer are working on new community plans.

If you are interested in helping your community create its own Community Plan, please contact the planning department at 928-337-7526 or planning @co.apache.az.us. Also see the links below for the previous community plans.

Existing Comprehensive Plan

Current (2004) Comprehensive Plan

Community Outreach

Top Concerns Reported at Community Meetings

Meeting Notes