Apache County Comprehensive Plan



The Planning & Zoning Commission has finalized a 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 Introduction, Elements, and Exhibits. 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 before they do a final recommendation of the plan. The P&Z Commission will be holding a public hearing to discuss the plan on May 2, 2019 at 1:00 pm in the Board of Supervisors room at 75 W Cleveland St in St. Johns.

Land Use Element
Infrastructure and Services Element
Circulation Element
Exhibits (Maps)
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.

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 Commission recommends a final draft at a public hearing, the Board of Supervisors can adopt the plan and make any changes it feels necessary.

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.

Existing Comprehensive Plan

Current (2004) Comprehensive Plan