By Adam Wolfe for inMaricopa.com
As the city of Maricopa officials develop their plans for the next 25 years, the Development Services Department is continuing to push forward toward its goals of expanding transportation and accessibility for the city.
Development Services had set an 18-month timeframe to complete a study regarding the city’s needs and goals for the future. The study was broken into two parts (Phase I and Phase II) and the overall cost of the study is $577,580. Nearly six months into the study, the department is right on schedule.
“Believe it or not, we are concluding Phase I of the area transportation plan,” Transportation Planner David Maestas said. “This is comprised of the ‘Transportation Master Plan’ and the ‘Regional Connectivity Plan.’”
With so many moving pieces needing to fall into place, Maestas said it would be impossible to set the goals on any shorter of a timeframe – everything from road upgrades to transit routes that don’t exist yet play important roles in the city’s future planning.
By 2040, the look and feel of Maricopa will have likely changed dramatically. In order to sustain the expected growth, transportation will need to change dramatically as well.
All of this, of course, is speculative and years away. The plans set forth now could one day lead to Maricopa being an economic power, but it is the small changes that will lead to the major ones. Phase II is expected to last approximately a year.
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