Surprise general plan update now online

City’s guide for growth to be updated

Posted 7/1/22

Surprise has a plan to guide community development decisions for the next 10 to 20 years.

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Surprise general plan update now online

City’s guide for growth to be updated


Surprise has a plan to guide community development decisions for the next 10 to 20 years.

It’s called a general plan, and Arizona state law requires that it’s updated every 10 years.

The city’s existing plan was adopted and ratified by voters in 2013, so it is now embarking on an update, called the Surprise 2040 General Plan.

Go to to sign up for project updates, learn about the process and stay up-to-date on ways to get involved.

This new plan will address a variety of topics or elements based on the population. One of those elements is land use. This element will determine where homes, businesses and development activities can occur, as well as identify areas that require special attention based on growth, preservation or reinvestment needs.

The plan may also address topics such as transportation, quality of life and infrastructure. It’s meant to be a roadmap for the city’s future.

The city will be asking for resident input on the following questions to help guide the future:

• How does Surprise retain and attract the residents of the future?

• How do residents use their communities today, and how can Surprise better accommodate the needs of the population as it evolves?

• How best can the community plan for resources for today and tomorrow?

The general plan process is broken into four distinct phases and is currently in Phase I.

• Phase I: “Recognize” (spring to fall 2022) includes data collection and drafting of the existing conditions assessment, which will provide a community snapshot and a foundation for the general plan update.

• Phase II: “Engage” is ongoing throughout the life of the project and includes all public involvement efforts. The community outreach and participation plan is available now on the project website at

• Phase III: “Enrich” (fall 2022 to fall 2023) includes the drafting of the Surprise General Plan 2040 update and its numerous iterations integrating public and staff comments.

• Phase IV: “Achieve” (fall 2023 to fall 2024) includes the efforts that take the final general plan update draft through the public hearing and adoption process with city council and to the ballot for the residents to ratify in August 2024.

For questions or comments, contact Surprise Planning Manager Jason Moquin at 623-222-3045, or


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