Imagine Greater Tucson is a community-driven effort that listens, informs and partners in order to foster collaboration and align our future with our shared regional values.
We will accomplish this goal by:
• Working with local governments and community leaders to integrate the vision into policies, plans and projects
• Forming partnerships and building a network around our shared regional values
• Continuing to provide a space for genuine (meaningful) dialogue and public discourse
• Informing our community about opportunities to take action on issues affecting our regional values
• Focusing action by monitoring our region’s progress
Vision for a Greater Tucson Region
The Vision is not a plan. The Vision is our aspirations and our inspirations, serving as a guide to help our cities and towns develop plans that accomplish our regional goals while continuing to accommodate future growth.
Now is the time to affect changes that guide us towards a prosperous future by:
• Influencing land use and developing public policy
• Enhancing and diversifying our transit system
• Promoting and leveraging our region’s economic strengths
• Protecting and conserving our region’s natural resources
In doing so, we will:
• Create more residential choices and appealing places
• Diversify and strengthen our economy
• Prioritize and conserve key areas of undeveloped desert habitat
• Continue to improve water conservation
• Improve access to goods, services, and destinations
• Promote comfortable, convenient, and safe choices for walking and biking
• Increase regulatory certainty and regional collaboration
• Focus on design, increase density, and encourage infill development where appropriate
• Increase opportunities for transit-oriented development
• Maximize investments in infrastructure
Read the Vision for a Greater Tucson Region.
In the future our population is expected to double in size, so we must think ahead. Be prepared. And take action by sharing your values, and spreading the word. Imagine Greater Tucson needs your input to help make our community a vibrant and healthy place to live, work, learn and play for future generations.
- Broad-based community support for a preferred future scenario, and clear strategies and action plans to turn this future scenario into our reality;
- A robust and sustainable multi-stakeholder coalition to move action plans forward and work together on implementation;
- Integration of the outcomes from this process into Town, City, and County planning processes;
- Enhanced community cohesiveness and relationships;
- A more informed, mobilized and engaged public; and
- Tangible results felt by all members of our greater Tucson community!
How is this Different?
- With a “go to the people” approach, IGT strives for the broadest possible public participation within the region.
- IGT is committed to engaging underrepresented citizens and stakeholders.
- All issues are on the table. There is no pre-determined set of priorities, as all are determined by IGT participants themselves — that’s you!
- Our effort is truly collaborative. Ultimately, IGT’s strategies to catalyze regional vitality will require the cooperation across governmental, business, and non-profit sectors.
Is the IGT Survey the same as the SAIP survey?
There are two very important projects moving forward in the Tucson Region that are both asking for feedback from the community in the form of a survey. Both are critically important to our region and are not duplicative in any way.
Imagine Greater Tucson is a rapidly growing, community based effort dedicated to protecting and enhancing our quality of life in the Greater Tucson Region. Its goal is to involve the people of Greater Tucson in creating a shared vision for our region’s future, and catalyze the development of strategies to realize this vision. Imagine Greater Tucson is moving into its second phase, asking at least 10,000 individuals in the Tucson Region to explore options for our future physical environment, and connecting that future to our current shared regional values.
Southern Arizona Indicators Project was formed in response to the fact that there has also not been a comprehensive data driven analysis of Southern Arizona since 1992. The project will provide for the need for the high quality, community driven, objective data that can be the basis for Southern Arizona to evaluate and collaborate on issues. The project is being led by the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona in partnership with the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona.
“The Southern Arizona Indicators is a greater complement to our work at Imagine Greater Tucson,” remarked Keri Silvyn, the Founder of Imagine Greater Tucson. “The SAIP project will help provide IGT with additional research and data as a basis for making our shared vision a reality. It will provide us with a picture of the entirety of Southern Arizona and help us develop strategies and collaborations as we execute to achieve our vision.”