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

Join the Email List

To join the email list and receive announcements of future meetings and notices when this webpage is updated, send an email to: or sign up for updates on the New River Area Plan Update by clicking here.

Take a Survey

Your voice matters!

The Area Plan should reflect the ideas and opinions of the community’s residents.  Your answers to the following questions will help guide the effort to prepare an update to the Area Plan for the New River/Desert Hills area. 

Responses will be kept confidential. All questions are optional --- you can answer as many or as few of the questions as you prefer.

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

Spring 2019: Draft Area Plan Review

Late Spring/Early Summer 2019: Public Hearings

Public Meeting #1: November 7, 2018

Public Meeting #2: December 12, 2018

Public Meeting #3: Late winter/early spring 2019

 Dates are approximate.

Documents:  FAQ's, Background, Drafts

Statement from Supervisor Gates

New River Area Plan PowerPoint April 18, 2018

Q&A from April 18, 2018 Meeting