New River Area Plan Update

Plan Update

The Maricopa County Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the final draft New River Area Plan at the October 24th Commission meeting. In addition to approving the plan, the Commission concurred with staff’s recommendation to rename the plan from the New River Area Plan to the Daisy Mountain Area Plan. The purpose of renaming the plan is to better represent the three unique communities – New River, Desert Hills and Anthem – that are included in the planning area. As the final step in the process, the Board of Supervisors will consider adoption of the plan at their November 20th meeting. Click here to provide comments regarding the plan or the proposed name change.

Important Information


Ray Banker, Planner
Office: (602) 506-2364

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

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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

Draft Plan Released / Public Meeting #3: June 25, 2019 

Comment Period for Draft Plan:  June 25 - July 31, 2019

Final Draft Plan / Public Meeting #4:  September 9, 2019

Planning and Zoning Commission Hearing: October 24, 2019

 Dates are approximate.

Documents:  FAQ's, Background, Drafts

Public Meeting #4 - Presentation

Public Meeting #3 - Presentation

Public Meeting #3 - Handout

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

New River Area Draft Final 8/30/19