New River Area Plan Update

What is an Area Plan?

Area Plans are small-scale plans that account for the unique conditions and needs of specific parts of the county. Maricopa County has 13 area plans that range in size and scope.  Area plans include policies, a future land use map, and an implementation program. Although area plans address local needs, they nonetheless support and maintain consistency with Vision 2030, the countywide comprehensive plan and will be updated as necessary to reflect this support. 

This plan will replace the 1999 New River Area Plan.

Project Area

The project area is roughly bounded by Carefree Highway to the south, the Town of Cave Creek and the Tonto National Forest to the east, to the north and west by Yavapai County and at the southwest by the cities of Peoria and Phoenix.

NRAPU Project Area map

How to Participate

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Let’s work together to ensure that the Area Plan represents the wishes and needs of the New River/Desert Hills community!


Fall 2018: Visioning and Analysis

Winter 2018-19: Options and Strategies

Summer 2019: Draft Area Plan Review

Late Summer / Early Fall 2019: Public Hearings

Public Meeting #1: November 7, 2018

Public Meeting #2: December 12, 2018

Public Meeting #3: June 25, 2019 - 6-8pm;  Due to space and availability the meeting will be held at Anthem Civic Building, 3701 W. Anthem Way, Suite 201, Anthem, AZ 85086.   At this workshop, the project team will highlight the key features of the Draft Plan and will seek additional community input to incorporate in the Final Draft to be shared with the community in late August 2019.

 Dates are approximate.

Documents:  FAQ's, Background, Drafts

Update - April 25, 2019

Public Meeting #2 - Summary

Public Meeting #2 - Exhibits

New River Community Meeting Summary #1

New River Area Plan PowerPoint April 18, 2018

Q&A from April 18, 2018 Meeting

Statement from Supervisor Gates