Residents in the Tucson metropolitan area want growth to be compact, with infill and taller buildings taking priority over increasing the metro area footprint into undeveloped areas or other growth models, a community survey suggests.
Imagine Greater Tucson asked residents how they would best like to add 1 million people to the metro area and how to get at least 500,000 of those new people to jobs in the same area. The survey was part of an exercise to find out how to handle the inevitable growth the area will face.
The organization is focused on how to plan for growth. It isn't forecasting when the metro area will double in size to 2 million people. The survey asked people to choose from four options for growth.
Survey participants selected compact growth as the preferred future alternative, says Patrick Hartley, an Imagine Greater Tucson program director.
"That was consistent throughout the results," regardless of the age or location of the person surveyed, says Beth Walkup, the group's interim executive director.
People also want more transportation options and value walkable communities, Walkup and Hartley say the survey results show.
Imagine Greater Tucson is working with local governments to incorporate some of the survey results into their overall development plans, Walkup says.
More details about the survey results are available on the Imagine Greater Tucson website.