Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio gives his inauguration speech at the Orpheum Theater on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014.

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The city of Phoenix has collected more than 13,000 ideas and comments on how to draft the new 10-year general plan and what should go into it.

Now with a framework of ideas they’ve received council approval to approach the public once again.

The plan so far has a pyramid structure with a connected oasis being the goal. That goal will be addresses through health, environment and prosperity.

Five themes form the center of the plan; connecting people and places, celebrating our diverse communities and neighborhoods, strengthening our local economy, build the sustainable desert city, and create an even more vibrant downtown.

The seven tools to review those themes are the base and include plans, codes, financing, operations, partnerships, knowledge and “I PlanPHX,” or asking residents what they can do themselves.

The city has not formed an official draft of the general plan yet. The planning committee will take this framework back to the public, starting with presentations in all the different villages in February and March.

Workshops and events, similar to the ones the city has conducted so far, will help the committee gather more information through the spring and a draft is expected to be released in September.

In February of 2015 the City Council is expected to review the draft of the general plan before the city votes on it in August of 2015.

“I was involved in the last general plan process,” Mayor Greg Stanton said during the City Council policy meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 28. “By the book they took the legally required areas and we had 16 chapters. I think the document is 400 to 500 pages. We killed a lot of trees in that process.

“As a practical matter I think it’s a document that has been reviewed by a very small number of people. It’s not a relevant document for citizens in their every day lives. It’s very relevant for zoning cases, but in terms of real citizens engaging in their city and feeling invested there’s more we could have done. That was the exact strategy. We engaged this incredible leadership committee. Thank you so much for all you’ve done and the incredible amount of hours. Now we need to amp it up and get more community involvement now that we have this framework.”

The city has been gathering ideas for the general plan through public meetings, events and through the use of a special website,

That website has more than 1,300 registered users and 190,000 page views, according to the city’s report.

For more information on the process or to get involved, visit or

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