One of the things that we’ve observed and written about during past years was that one of the four criteria for amending a general plan land designation, market demand, always seemed to be the single most important criteria to both the petitioner and the Council. We’ve written about what these criteria are. They include: list. Still, when all is said and done, the criteria of market demand always seems to stand “front and center.”
So we asked Oro Valley Resident Bill Adler, an expert on Oro Valley’s general plan and zoning codes, what he thought.
"The three committees appointed to work on future policy direction for a 2015 General Plan will need to evaluate how to choose land use between pressure from market demand or thoughtful planning."
Planning is visionary. Market demand is reactionary. When a Town reacts to demand it winds up with a lot of the same thing..apartments, smaller lots; larger homes, fewer parks, many so-called senior care facilities. When a town relies on planning, it winds up with the town that it envisioned.
Planning requires more discipline because a plan has to survive downturns when market demand presents opportunities not called for in the 'plan". This is why we have so many General Plan Amendments and PAD Amendments every year. We're reacting to pressure. We are being urged to not follow the plan.
Citizens needs to become acquainted with the difference between planning for development, and reacting to development market pressure. Clearly, Town revenue from one, market demand, is more immediate than from the other.
"What the committees need to judge is the 'greater good'. Not always easy," noted resident Adler.