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The annual City Hall tree lighting is set for Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. Photo by Mason Callejas

The community is invited to a big night at City Hall on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Mayor Christian Price will light the City Hall Christmas Tree. Festivities include a special visit from Santa, hot cider, cookies and musical entertainment from Marissa and Brandon Montgomery, Phillip and Ella Ehrbright and the Maricopa Choir. Maricopa Youth Council members will also read holiday poems.

Maricopa ARTS Council will also open its first solo gallery, a photography showcase titled “Faces of Maricopa,” the brainchild of former councilmember Carl Diedrich.

“Faces of Maricopa” is a 20-piece work, part of a larger work of photographic art that is meant to evolve over time: a capsule portrait of our city presented through individual candid photographs taken at differing locations around town of a wide cross-section of Maricopans. Each photo is accompanied by that person’s thoughts of the day preserved in quotation and each single “portrait” is taken on its own particular date.

The original idea was to focus on a single person’s “portrait” in photo and words on every single day throughout 2017, but the project is now stretching forward to encompass several following years and may not be completed to its full 365-piece length until close to 2020.

The ceremony will be followed by the City Council Meeting at 7 p.m. City Hall is located at 39700 W. Civic Center Plaza.

This Saturday, Nov. 11, the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 133 and Veterans Parade Committee are hosting a Veterans Parade starting at 9 a.m. and going from Legacy Traditional School to Leading Edge Academy.

Below is additional information for viewing the parade and/or driving around the area during the parade:

Parade Route: Parade staging will start at 7:30 a.m. at the Legacy Traditional school parking lot.

The parade will start at 9 a.m. at Legacy traditional and ending at Leading Edge Academy.

Road closures from 8:30-10:30 a.m.

  • Porter Road from North Adams Lane to West Bowlin Road
  • Bowlin Road from Porter intersection to Regent Drive/Smith Farms Circle
  • Bowlin Road and North Emma Lane
  • Intersection of N Adams Way and North Falcon Lane

Alternative Roads 

  • White and Parker for residents in the community near Legacy and Central Arizona College
  • Stonegate Rd. and Glennwilde Dr. for residents in Glennwilde Community

Parking areas

  • Sequoia Pathway Academy – open to participants and the public
  • Saddleback Elementary- east side parking lot for disabled guests
  • Central Arizona College – for incoming vehicles from White and Parker
  • Leading Edge Academy- for Veterans attending the Luncheon after parade

Areas to view the Parade
Spectators can enjoy the parade from W. Bowlin both sides of road and both sides of Porter all the way to end of route. Lawn chairs can be set on the sidewalks.

Parade participant’s end
Veterans participating in the parade can turn to Leading Edge Academy’s west side parking lot.

Other vehicles and floats will end at Saddleback Elementary’s north side parking lot on N. Adams Ln.

Emergencies – In case of an emergency please dial 911

Lost and Found – Police Department Volunteers/Police Explorers will have a booth located outside the main door of Leading Edge Academy to help connect lost items or children with their families.

Trash – We would like to remind you to keep our City clean. Please don’t dispose any garbage on the streets, use the trash cans in the designated areas.

Flag Ceremony – The parade will conclude with Flag raising ceremony at Leading Edge Academy led by VFW and Maricopa Police Department. Everyone is invited to attend.

The eastbound lane of Maricopa/Casa Grande Highway just east of SR 347 will be closed Oct. 17-19 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night. Traffic will be shifted to the center lane. The lane closure is due to utility relocation in preparation for the SR 347 Overpass.

Head to for an overview of the project, frequent updates on traffic impacts, project timelines, maps and videos of what the project will look like when complete. The City of Maricopa has also established a 24/7 Hotline for you to call and get answers to more specific questions or concerns at 520-316-6910.

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Councilmember Henry Wade

You’re invited to the latest Councilmember on the Corner with Councilman Henry Wade on Saturday, Aug.12 at 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Ace Hardware.

What: Councilmember on the Corner with Councilman Henry Wade
When: Saturday, August 12 at 8:30 to 10 a.m.
Where: Ace Hardware Maricopa, 21542 N John Wayne Pkwy Maricopa, AZ 85139
Who: Open to the public

“In an effort to keep residents informed on the latest city news I am holding quarterly community meetings,” said Councilmember Henry Wade. “This is an opportunity for residents to learn about what is happening in the city as well as a chance for them to speak directly to me and our staff to ask questions and share input.”

The topic of the August Councilmember on the Corner is the Housing Needs Assessment. City of Maricopa Development Services Director Martin Scribner, Zoning Administrator Kazi Haque and Economic Development Specialist Mary Wolf-Francis will be present and available to answer questions on the process of the assessment, the final report and the economic impacts associated with housing initiatives in the community.

Refreshments will be served.

On July 18, 2017, the City Council officially approved the Housing Needs Assessment conducted by Atria Planning LLC. Directed by the goals of Planning Maricopa (the General Plan), the effort was initiated and formally accepted in the FY16/17 Work Plan. Starting in January 2017, the study began to assess the housing needs of the community over the next 10 years. With an approved scope of work, Atria and City Planning Staff facilitated specific public engagement, conducting interviews, surveys, focus group meetings, and researching local and regional housing data. To view a copy of the report go to:

For additional information on the Councilmember on the Corner event please call 520-213-7497.


The northbound right lane of State Route 347 will be closed from Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway to Garvey Avenue from 8 p.m. on Monday, July 31, to 5 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1.

The eastbound lane of Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway will be closed from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 1.

The northeast and northwest shoulders at Honeycutt Road and SR 347 will be closed from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2.

The lane closures are for utility relocation in preparation for the SR 347 Overpass Project. Follow updates on the overpass at

Join us on Monday, July 31, at 7:30 a.m. for the Edison Pointe Ground Breaking Ceremony. Enjoy a short ceremony and light refreshments to celebrate the start of the Edison Pointe Project.

What: Edison Pointe Ground Breaking Ceremony
When: Monday, July 31 7:30 a.m.
Where: On the northeast corner of SR 347 and Edison Road – please park in the Fry’s parking lot

Vintage Partners acquired the shovel-ready site in 2012, while Maricopa was still dealing with the effects of the economic downturn. The revised site plan was submitted to the City for approval in late 2015 and Vintage Partners has been working to finalize tenants over the past year. The 130,000 square foot development will provide space for large anchor tenants on the eastern portion of the site with restaurant and smaller retail spaces along SR 347 and Edison Road.
The tenants currently in the works include Ross Dress for Less, Burger King, Brakes Plus, Goodwill, Planet Fitness and Dunkin Donuts; Vintage Partners is continuing efforts to attract a full-service restaurant to the site.

The eastbound lane on MCG Highway between SR 347 and Pershing Street will see closures Wednesday and Thursday.

The City of Maricopa is alerting motorists to upcoming traffic delays anticipated next week.

On Tuesday, during the Great American 4th celebration at Copper sky, Amtrak is scheduled to stop in the from 9:05 to 9:20 p.m. During this time traffic on State Route 347 will be blocked. If you are traveling during this time please plan on using Farrell Road to Porter Road or Peters and Nall Road and White-Parker Road as alternate routes.

The City of Maricopa will be providing complimentary shuttle service for the Great American 4th event, from 5:30 to 11 p.m. The following seven pick-up locations are available throughout the city: Santa Rosa Elementary School, Santa Cruz Elementary School, Maricopa Wells Middle School, Butterfield Elementary School, Ace Hardware (ADA Access), Saddleback Elementary School, and Maricopa Elementary School.

Wednesday and Thursday, lane closure is planned on eastbound Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. from SR 347 to Pershing Street. Traffic will still be able to get through in both directions, but delays are possible. The lane closure is for utility relocation in preparation for the SR 347 Overpass Project.

Head to for an overview of the project, frequent updates on traffic impacts, project timelines, maps and videos of what the project will look like when complete. The City of Maricopa has also established a 24/7 Hotline for answers to more specific questions or concerns at 520-316-6910.

The SR 347 Overpass will create a bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR.) Traffic on SR 347 averages more than 31,000 vehicles per day and future (2040) projections show over 60,000 vehicles per day. There are currently 40 to 60 trains per day; the UPRR has plans to expand service, which would increase train traffic upwards of 100 trains per day. Additionally, the Amtrak station is located just west of the intersection and vehicular traffic is routinely delayed for its passenger operations. The completion of the Overpass project will drastically ease traffic congestion and increase safety in the area.


Farrell Road will reopen by Saturday, June 24, however due to the excessive heat the current project could not be completed. As long as temperatures drop over the next week, the work will be completed Friday, June 30 – Monday, July 3 forcing the closure of the road during that time.

If temperatures do not drop over the next week, the remainder of the project will be pushed backed until after July 4. The roadway will be open to traffic during the Great American 4th event. Please use caution as there may be loose rocks. The speed limit is posted at 25 mph.

This road segment begins just east of Palo Rojo Road, in the Palo Brea Subdivision, and terminates just South of Iron Pointe Drive, in the Santa Rosa Springs subdivision. Drivers should consider using SR 347 and Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway or Peters-Nall and White-Parker Roads as alternate routes.

Lane closures are scheduled on State Route 347 from just south of the railroad tracks to just north of Garvey Avenue from Sunday, June 11, through Thursday, June 15, from 8 p.m.- 5 a.m. for utility relocation in preparation for the SR 347 Overpass Project. Traffic will be able to get through, but expect delays.




No turns will be permitted from SR 347 east onto Honeycutt Road during the lane restrictions. Traffic will be detoured onto Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway, then up through Pershing Street to get back to West Honeycutt Road.

Lanes on Hathaway Avenue between State Route 347 and Wilson Avenue will be closed from 7 a.m. Monday through 7 a.m. Tuesday for seal coating and striping.

To access the Post Office and surrounding businesses along Hathaway, traffic will need to use Garvey Road to Condrey Avenue.

There will also be lane closures on Homestead Drive and Continental Boulevard from Monday through Thursday for seal coating and striping. Expect delays, but traffic will still be able to get by in both directions on Homestead and Continental during the project.

Starting Sunday, May 14, the westbound lane of Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway will be closed from Pershing Street to State Route 347.

The northbound lanes of SR 347 from Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway until just before Honeycutt Road will also be closed. The closures will continue Sundays – Thursdays from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through Thursday, May 25.

During the closures, general traffic will still be able to get through, but expect delays. Semi trucks will be rerouted to use White and Parker Road to Smith-Enke Road.

The overnight closures are necessary to relocate gas lines in preparation of the SR 347 overpass project.

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Councilmember Henry Wade
,You’re invited to the latest Councilmember on the Corner with Councilman Henry Wade on Saturday, May 13, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Honeycutt Coffee.

What: Councilmember on the Corner with Councilman Henry Wade
When: Saturday, May 13 at 8:30 to 10 a.m.
Where: Honeycutt Coffee, 44400 W Honeycutt Road, Suite 109
Who: Open to the public

“In an effort to keep residents informed on the latest city news I am holding quarterly community meetings,” Wade said. “This is an opportunity for residents to learn about what is happening in the city as well as a chance for them to speak directly to me and our staff to ask questions and share input.”
The topic of the May Councilmember on the Corner is Prostate Cancer Awareness. Dr. Roscoe Nelson with the Arizona Center for Urology, Fred Taylor with the Southwest Prostate Cancer Foundation and Kathleen Haggerty, Human Resources director with the City of Maricopa, will present and be available to answer questions.
Nelson is nationally recognized and ranked among the nation’s and Arizona’s top physicians. Dr. Nelson has won numerous awards including Top Doc, Compassionate Doctor Award – 5 year honoree, Top 10 Doctor (AZ Urologists), ThreeBest Rated Urologist in Phoenix and Glendale and several Patients’ Choice Awards (2008-2015).
The Southwest Prostate Cancer Foundation was founded by volunteers and volunteer survivors who are dedicated to make prostate cancer a family issue in Arizona by raising public awareness. Southwest Prostate Cancer Foundation holds monthly meetings with presentations by guest experts on various topics about prostate cancer.
For additional information please call 520-213-7497.

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Looking for a fun night this weekend?  The Movies under the Stars series is the perfect chance to enjoy a fun FREE night with the family outdoors.  Join us on Saturday, April 22 for a showing of Moana. Come early, bring a blanket and a picnic dinner, and get a good seat.  This month’s event will be held at Copper Sky on the Multi-gen lawn and concessions will be available. The movie will begin around 6:30-7:00 p.m. We hope to see you there! 


Additional screenings are as follows:

May 20, 2017 – The Secret Life of Pets – UltraStar

June 3, 2017 – Sing – UltraStar

June 17, 2017 – Lego Batman Movie – Copper Sky Aquatic Center

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Edison Pointe site plan

You’re invited to a City of Maricopa Town Hall Meeting next Tuesday, April 11, at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

Public Works Director Bill Fay will give an update on the SR347 Overpass, Economic Development Director Denyse Airheart will let you know the latest information on the Edison Pointe development, and the mayor and councilmembers will be there to answer your questions and listen to your concerns.

What: City of Maricopa Town Hall Meeting
When: Tuesday, April 11 at 6 p.m.
Where: City Hall, 39700 W. Civic Center Plaza
Who: All residents are invited.

Tami Johnson

Wired is a monthly Maricopa Center for Entrepreneurship networking event of business owners learning to use various social media avenues to build their business presence online. This month’s free workshop with Tami Johnson is March 21 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at MCE, 20800 N. John Wayne Parkway, Suite 108.

All business size and types are welcome to come to learn and share. This workshop will teach the benefits of social media including revenue generation, brand development, attracting customers, referrals and networking, research on the competition, position availability/job placement and SEO discoverability. At the same time, this workshop is about each business sharing what they have learned by doing.

Johnson has worked in corporate America over 12 years and has been self-employed in three different businesses for nearly 21 years. Today she is an independent associate offering legal service plans and identity theft shield.,

Veterans are invited to the Maricopa Veterans Town Hall & Resource Fair on Thursday, March 30, at City Hall.

Veterans will be able to access resources and tools they need to succeed for themselves and for their family, all under one roof. The event is sponsored by Councilwoman Julia Gusse in conjunction with Maricopa American Legion Post 133, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12043, VET IT, Vet’s Community Connections and Blue Star Moms of Maricopa.

What: Maricopa Veterans Town Hall & Resource Fair
When: Thursday, March 30 from 5-8 p.m.
Where: City Hall at 39700 W. Civic Center Plaza
Who: All Veterans and their families are invited

Veterans are asked to bring their ID and DD214 to meet with one of the on-site Veterans Administration Representatives to find out about their benefits and get answers on their questions and concerns.

From 5-6 p.m. the Director of the Phoenix VA and the Director of the Arizona Department of Veteran Services will give an in person presentation on medical and general services available to veterans in our area and will answer questions from attendees.

This event will feature a variety of Maricopa and Pinal County service providers ready to help including:

Against Abuse
American Legion Auxiliary
American Legion Post 133
Arizona at Work, Pinal County
Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services
Blue Star Moms
Boy Scouts
Copper Sky
Department of Economic Security
Eagle One
Goodwill (Veteran Employment)
Helping/Hiring/ Honoring our Heroes
Maricopa Fire Department
Maricopa Police Department
Maricopa Police Explorers
Microsoft Chandler Store
Sun Life
The Veterans Directory (Any Veteran Need)
Vets’ Community Connections
Wounded Warrior Project

For additional information please contact:
Sara Delgadillo at 520-316-6827 or

Mayor Christian Price, backed by Vice Mayor Marvin Brown (left) and Councilmember Henry Wade, declares February Black History Month. Photo by Mason Callejas

Text of Black History Month proclamation by Mayor Christian Price

Whereas, Diversity of social identity, including racial and cultural identity, contributes positively to the development of society and is a matter of pride and celebration; and
Whereas, Americans of African descent have made valuable and lasting contributions to our country and our state, achieving exceptional success in all aspects of society including business, education, politics, science and the arts; and
Whereas, in 1976, Black History Month was adopted to honor and affirm the importance of the history of African Americans and to focus on the stories and teachings of those who helped build our nation, advance the cause of civil rights and strengthen families and communities; and
Whereas, the City of Maricopa continues to work toward becoming an inclusive community in which all citizens, past, present, and future, are respected and recognized for their contributions and potential contributions to our community, the state, the country, and the world.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Christian Price, Mayor of the City of Maricopa, do
hereby proclaim the month of February 2017 as Black History Month in the City of Maricopa, Arizona, and we urge all citizens to join with us in celebrating the significance of Black culture in its past, present, and going forward into the future.
Dated this 7th day of February, 2017

The City of Maricopa Public Safety Department is pleased to announce the 3rd Citizen Police Academy. The 2017 Citizen Police Academy will offer hands-on experience in various aspects and roles within the agency. The Academy also provides an opportunity to individuals to network and be introduced to members of the department. Selection is a first come basis and will require a background check for acceptance. Act now to save your spot!

The ten (10) week course begins Tuesday, Feb. 7 with the final class on April 11, 2017. Classes will be held every Tuesday night from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and will be held a the Maricopa Police Department Copper Sky Substation located at 17985 N. Greythorne Dr. Space is limited and the class is only open to 25 participants. During the ten (10) week course, the following areas of the Department may be covered:

Recruitment     Communications/Dispatch     Police Operations     Specialty Assignments
Defensive Tactics     Traffic Enforcement     Fitness & Nutrition     Records
Interoperability     Criminal Investigations     Property & Evidence     Street Crimes
Use of Force     Policies and Procedures     Internal Investigations     Patrol Techniques

Click here to download the Citizen Police Academy Application

Interested members can submit applications to the Maricopa Police Department in person or by mail attention: Administrative Assistant Timothy Gomez. Completed applications can also be emailed to The application deadline is Jan. 27, 2017 by 5 p.m..


19 years of age
Reside in or be employed in the City of Maricopa
No prior felony arrests
No misdemeanor arrests within one year of application.


The City of Maricopa is providing a free 24-hour drop-off location for Christmas trees. From Dec. 27 through Jan. 31 residents, can drop off their trees at 45145 W. Madison Ave., the former City Hall location.

Public Works crews will be chipping the trees. The wood chips can be used for mulch. The chips will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis, at the site, beginning Jan. 3.

If you have any questions about the program, please call 520-316-6946.

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Happy Holidays from the City of Maricopa! Please note the following City closures during the holidays.

Maricopa City Hall holiday Hours are:

  • Monday, December 26 – CLOSED
  • Monday, January 2 – CLOSED

Copper Sky Recreational Center holiday hours are:

  • Saturday, December 24 – 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 25 – CLOSED
  • Saturday, December 31 – 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 1 – CLOSED

Maricopa Public Library holiday hours are:

  • Saturday, December 24 – CLOSED
  • Sunday, December 25 – CLOSED
  • Monday, December 26 – CLOSED
  • Saturday, December 31 – CLOSED
  • Sunday, January 1 – CLOSED
  • Monday, January 2 – CLOSED

The Copa Center holiday hours are:

  • Saturday, December 24 – CLOSED
  • Sunday, December 25 – CLOSED
  • Monday, December 26 – CLOSED
  • Saturday, December 31 – CLOSED
  • Sunday, January 1 – CLOSED
  • Monday, January 2 – CLOSED

Photo by Mason Callejas

Starting Dec. 26 left turns will be prohibited from Desert Greens Drive and the Maricopa Public Library Driveway onto Smith-Enke Road. This restriction is to allow workers access to construct the median and the left turn lane for the improvements on Smith-Enke Road. During the restriction drivers wanting to go east on Smith-Enke Road. from the Rancho El Dorado subdivision should use Santa Rosa Dr. to exit instead of Desert Greens Dr. This restriction is expected to last until Jan. 9.

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Mayor Christian Price has been named to a National League of Cities committee. Photo by William Lange

Maricopa Mayor Christian Price, has been appointed to the  National League of Cities (NLC) 2017  Community and Economic Development (CED) federal advocacy committee.

This committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC’s federal policy positions on issues involving housing, community and economic development, land use, recreation and parks, historic preservation and international competitiveness. The appointment was announced by NLC President Matt Zone of Cleveland.

“I am honored to be a part of this committee that puts Maricopa on a national stage for Community and Economic Development policy setting,” said Mayor Christian Price. “Ensuring that the needs of our community are represented on a national and local level is critical as we continue to work to bring businesses and jobs to our City.”

As a committee member, Mayor Price will play a key role in shaping NLC’s policy positions and advocate on behalf of America’s cities and towns before Congress, with the new administration and at home.

The leadership of this year’s committee will consist of Chair Gerri Schroder, councilmember, Henderson, Nevada, and Vice Chairs Gyna Bivens, councilmember, Fort Worth, Texas, and Johnnie Warren, councilmember, Oakwood Village, Ohio.

For more information on NLC’s other committees and councils, visit

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Planning for public services and facilities enables the City to meet its future population expectations.

This is the final article of the Planning Maricopa  article series, and for many residents the most important – how the City serves all residents efficiently and equitably. Maricopa residents will vote on the General Plan Nov. 8 through Proposition 415.

Planning for public services and facilities enables the City to meet its future population expectations, accelerate growth in desired areas of the community and, if needed, the flexibility to constrain development where growth is not desired. The Public Buildings, Facilities & Services Element of the proposed General Plan expresses how the City will meet the present and future needs of residents and businesses.

The Element outlines the major services and facilities provided by the City and ways to identify future needs and the community’s expectations for services. The Element also highlights goals and objectives designed to help fulfill the current and future needs for:

  • Emergency Services  (Police & Fire)
  • Courts
  • Community Services (Libraries, Parks, Recreation, and Events)
  • Human Services  (Medical & Healthcare)
  • Solid Waste Collection & Disposal
  • Flood Control
  • Education Facilities
  • Information Technology (Smart Cities Initiatives, Fiber Optic Infrastructure, GIS)
  • Communications
  • Utility Services (Sewer, Water, Data, Gas, Electric)

To support the sentiment of Maricopa’s citizens, Planning Maricopa guides City decisions for evaluating needed services and considers alternatives based on measures of equity and efficiency.  The proposed General Plan, Planning Maricopa identifies three important criteria for planning City services and facilities:

  • Levels of Service standards that are adequate and equitable for all parts of the community;
  • Adequate Cost of Development to ensure service to new development is cost-beneficial to existing citizens and funded by new development; and
  • Efficient Utility (and facility) Planning to ensure management and financing that maximizes the long term value of the City’s assets.

GP-Cover-Pics-6 Level of Service

A Level of Service (LOS) is not only used for transportation planning, but should also be considered for determining all public and quasi-public services provided in the community.  Establishing levels of service is an effective way to ensure the City and utilities are meeting the citizen’s basic needs and expectations, which may change over time. For example, the City can identify how much accessible open space and recreation areas are generally needed per every 1,000 residents. This same principle applies to the amount of public safety personnel necessary to serve the various areas of the community. As the population grows, maintaining a constant LOS assures that facilities and services will keep pace with that growth.

 Cost of Development

Developer provided infrastructure, coordinated with the City’s efforts, is a critical component to this Element. City facilities, including streets, trails, utilities, and other improvements are typically constructed by developers with new developments. Additionally, the city collects development impact fees from each new home constructed to pay for the incremental expansion of public facilities to keep pace with the growth new development brings. Fees are collected for streets, police, fire, parks, recreation and library facilities.

The City has long applied the policy for new development to pay its “fair share” for infrastructure and City services, and limit the impacts to existing residents. The General Plan Update, Planning Maricopa, goes steps further to define ways the City can grow to meet the needs of future residents, while limiting the burden on existing residents.

Efficient Utility Planning

Efficient utility planning is an important component of becoming a sustainable community. Well planned utility facilities can provide high quality service at affordable rates, lower construction costs, and reduced maintenance problems. This also considers a density to cost ratio to determine if there will be enough users to justify the expansion or construction of a new utility. To this point, the Land Use and Growth Area Elements encourage a more efficient land use pattern to maximize utility efficiencies, all the while instituting more desirable and higher quality development.

This general Plan Element also incorporates a framework to leverage Smart Cities Initiatives for more efficient services. The citizens of Maricopa desire a “Smart City” approach as a path for enhancing the performance of City facilities and infrastructure, reducing costs and resource consumption, and engaging more effectively and actively with its citizens. This approach integrates technology and government with the intent to empower planning efforts and infrastructure development to create a more attractive and efficient city for residents, visitors, and businesses/employers. “Smart Cities” is an integral aspect of the Vision 2040 Strategic Plan adopted by the City Council in May 2015, sharing equal importance in this General Plan.

Planning Maricopa integrates the State required General Plan elements in ways that leverage land use and public facility decisions to enhance public and quasi-public services in Maricopa. Maricopa Proposition 415 – Planning Maricopa is on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot and early voting has already begun. Maricopa registered voters are encouraged to learn about the ballot items before placing a vote. Visit to view Proposition 415 in entirety and make an informed decision this November.


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For the last six years Maricopa Seniors have been one of the main groups using the Copa Center, located on the southeast corner of Honeycutt Road and State Route 347, as a place to meet, socialize and volunteer. On March 1, 2017, the Arizona Department of Transportation will take over the Copa Center and eventually demolish the building to make room for the SR 347 overpass.

During a City Council Work Session on Tuesday, Oct. 18, City Council gave staff direction to make finding space for the Seniors a priority and to ensure that at least one of the activity rooms at Copper Sky is available for seniors beginning in March unless another solution presents itself.

A nonprofit group has requested to lease one of the activity rooms at Copper Sky on a long-term basis. Based on the direction Council gave City staff this lease will not affect the possibility of seniors using an activity room at Copper Sky on a more permanent basis.

“We don’t want to create any arrangement that would prevent us from relocating the seniors and churches to Copper Sky that will be displaced once the Copa Center goes away,” summarized City Manager Gregory Rose after receiving input from all of the councilmembers.

Council also directed staff to explore the option of utilizing rooms that are vacant during the day at some of the Maricopa Unified School District (MUSD) properties.

“MUSD has rooms that are sitting unused during the day. We need to find a way to work within the intergovernmental agreement that the City currently has with MUSD to use that space. Whether it’s the City paying a little bit here or there or them donating that space because they know that the City needs it,” Councilmember Vincent Manfredi said.

City staff is in the process of evaluating all options and will update Council on their solution.

The City has an Age-Friendly Committee with the goal of connecting people 60 years plus with people of all ages in order to decrease social isolation and to increase access to services, social opportunities and recreation. The group holds public meeting the third Monday of the month at City Hall at 4 p.m.

The Age-Friendly Committee is hosting the second Senior Information Expo at City Hall on Jan. 21, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and hosts the Age-Friendly Game Night at Copper Sky on the last Friday the month.

Beginning on Oct. 24 there will be lane restrictions on State Route 238 as part of the Edison Road Extension project.  The lane closures will last approximately three weeks. One eastbound and one westbound lane will be open at all times during construction, however delays are possible.

Crews will be widening the existing pavement section on SR 238 to provide separate left and right turn lanes at the intersection.

The Edison Road Extension will be the main access for the future Estrella Gin Business Park and will provide a bypass for traffic on State Route 347. The entire project will take about seven months to complete.

The Estrella Gin Business Park site is a 50+ acre, city-owned parcel located just west of the intersection of Edison Road and Roosevelt Avenue. The business park is planned to be developed through a public-private partnership. It is the City’s leading project to spur local economic growth. The goal for the business park is to provide employment opportunities for local residents by allowing expanding businesses to remain in the community and facilitating the relocation of industry to Maricopa.

Approximately 40 acres is available for commercial development and is anticipated to include a mix of industrial, office and flex space. The first phase of development is planned to be an approximately 36,000 square foot building with suites for multiple tenants. The Boyer Company, the project developer, is currently seeking prospective users for the business park. To learn more about the development plans, lease and build to suit opportunities contact the Economic Development Department at 520-316-6990 or

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The aquatics center at Copper Sky is one of the recreational improvements that came about from goal-setting in Maricopa's first general plan.

Over the past 10 years, Maricopa has accomplished major milestones to advance parks, recreation, and community

Maricopa Prop. 415

Visit to view Proposition 415 in entirety and make an informed decision this November.

events in Maricopa. The city adopted a master Parks, Trails, and Open Space Plan in 2008 setting in motion a number of projects and programs that serve Maricopa residents today. Some of the improvements include:

  • Constructed Pacana Park to serve as the city’s first regional park
  • Fostered a number of community events such as the Salsa Festival and Pecan Pride
  • Established over 3.5 miles of Multi-Use Trails
  • Adopted a complete streets policy to integrate pedestrian and bicycle routes throughout the city
  • Created Lexington Park in the Heritage District
  • Developed the state of the art Copper Sky Regional Park, Multigenerational Center and Aquatic CenterProp-415-arts--culture-statue-image

The future of recreation and amenities in Maricopa were defined by the citizens in the 2040 Vision Strategic Plan, adopted by the City Council 2015. The city’s proposed General Plan, Planning Maricopa, takes this framework a step further. It integrates the 2040 Vision into a comprehensive set of actionable goals and objectives to meet the current needs of residents, with a focus to meet the community’s desires for future open space and recreation in Maricopa.  The Parks, Recreation & Open Space Element in conjunction with the Public Services and Facilities section were prepared to promote the establishment of standards and levels of service criteria that lead to the creation of a full-service parks, recreation and open space system in Maricopa. Citizen preferences place a high priority on developing and having adequate access to parks, recreation, leisure activities, community and cultural events and performing arts to serve our community. This Element identifies a comprehensive network of park, open space, trails, and recreational amenities according to the needs and standards for Maricopa.

[socialpoll id=”2393329″]In addition, for the first time the proposed General Plan incorporates the community’s vision for an Arts and Culture program. Opportunities for recreation, cultural enrichment, and social interaction make the City more attractive to its citizens. The General Plan promotes the adoption of policies to provide desired and attractive amenities to drive quality growth and development. This also includes engaging in plans for open space and recreation facilities within our Planning Area in Pinal County, such as Palo Verde Regional Park and a regional trail system.

Planning Maricopa integrates the General Plan elements in ways that leverage land use, transportation, and public facility decisions to enhance open space and recreation opportunities for the future. Maricopa Proposition 415 – Planning Maricopa is on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot, early voting began Oct. 12. Maricopa registered voters are encouraged to learn about the ballot items before placing a vote. Visit to view Proposition 415 in entirety and make an informed decision this November.

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Maricopa is a growing community that offers residents and businesses the experience of a small-town, rural atmosphere, tremendous quality of life, proximity to Phoenix and Tucson, and convenient access to major markets throughout the Southwest. To remain economically healthy over time, the City must recruit, retain and nurture the growth of a wide range of sustainable and competitive businesses.

The Economic Development Element of the City’s proposed General Plan, Planning Maricopa (Proposition 415), is a guide to establishing a fully integrated municipal economy with opportunities for residents to live, work and play. The citizens of Maricopa envision an economically prosperous, dynamic and sustainable community – one that offers a government structure that is welcoming and supportive of business and employment growth. Since the City’s incorporation, this vision has been a goal in the effort to ensure Maricopa is more than yet another bedroom community in Arizona.

Planning-Maricopa-John-Wayne-RetailJobs, revenue and financial stability contribute to a municipality’s economic health. The Economic Development Element seeks to promote these attributes by planning for increased household incomes, improving the community’s jobs-to-housing balance, and by attracting expanded retail, commercial and industrial businesses. Approximately 60 percent of all businesses in Maricopa are home based businesses. The proposed General Plan guides decisions that will create new office and retail space that gives local businesses a place to expand and remain in Maricopa.

Another goal is to create and further cultivate local business resources such as the Maricopa Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE) and Maricopa Economic Development Alliance (MEDA) to help Maricopa businesses gain a competitive edge in the marketplace.

Planning Maricopa integrates the General Plan elements in ways that leverage land use, transportation, and public facility decisions to enhance economic development opportunities for the future. These opportunities also include engaging and building upon local resources such as the Central Arizona College, USDA Arid Land Research Center, and the U of A Agricultural Center to expand Maricopa’s economy in the research and technology related industries.


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U.S. Arid Land Agricultural Research Center

Maricopa Proposition 415 – Planning Maricopa is on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot, early voting begins on Oct. 12. Maricopa registered voters are encouraged to learn about the ballot items before placing a vote. Visit to view Proposition 415 in entirety and make an informed decision this November.

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