The Draft Cottonwood General Plan 2025 is now available for review. Links to the Draft Plan and associated Maps are included here. A series of Public Meetings have been scheduled to provide opportunities for additional review and input. Your comments are appreciated!

General Plan Update Process:

The Cottonwood General Plan 2025 update process began in October 2012 with a series of well-attended visioning workshops. Through the first half of 2013, the advisory General Plan Steering Committee met twice a month to review the draft plan sections and provide recommendations. Information was posted to the City website to allow for additional public review and comments. The next step in the process includes a wider distribution of the Draft Plan.

Public Open House meetings are scheduled for February 20, 2014 and March 26, 2014. Public Hearings with the Planning & Zoning Commission and City Council are scheduled for April 21 and May 6, 2014, with the Plan going to a public vote in November 2014.


Fall 2013:Preliminary Draft Plan reviewed by City Council and Public.
February - April 2014:Required 60-day review period. The Draft Plan is circulated to state and local agencies, organizations and the public for review and comments.
February 20
March 26
Public Open House Presentations.
Cottonwood Recreation Center
April 21, 2014:Planning and Zoning Commission holds Public Hearing on the General Plan.
May 6, 2014:City Council holds Public Hearing on the General Plan.
November 4, 2014:The updated General Plan 2025 will be placed on the general election ballot for a public vote.


There will be two Public Hearings to take input and consider the proposed General Plan 2015. Both the Planning & Zoning Commission and Cottonwood City Council at the Council Chambers will hold meetings located at 826 N. Main Street, Cottonwood. Your input regarding the draft General Plan is welcomed.
Planning and Zoning Commission: Monday, April 21, 2014. 6:00 pm
City Council: Tuesday, May 6, 2014. 6:00 pm.

For additional information or to submit comments, please contact:

Charlie Scully, Long-Range Planner
Cottonwood Development Services
111 N. Main Street


The General Plan is a requirement of state law under the Growing Smarter legislation passed in 2000. (Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 9, Cities. Sections 9-461.05 & 9-461.06.) However, the General Plan does more than just meet legal requirements. It is a statement of the community's values and vision. The Cottonwood General Plan 2025 contains the community's goals and policies on growth and development, its aspirations for the future, strategies for implementation to achieve future goals, and proposed maps that include land use, transportation, growth areas, community facilities and more. The General Plan is primarily concerned with: Physical Growth and Development, Comprehensive Outlook and Long-Range Outcome.


The 8-member citizen-based General Plan Steering Committee met 10 times between January and June 2013 to review and discuss each of the proposed chapters of the General Plan 2025. The time and effort they generously volunteered in reviewing the Plan is greatly appreciated as it helped to shape the plan with a balanced perspective.

Phil TerbellReal Estate Broker
Denise LeretteSedona Verde Valley Association of Realtors, Board of Directors
Tom PenderProfessional Engineer
Steve EstesVerde Valley Land Preservation
Jake GonzalesCottonwood Municipal Property Corporation
Bob WilliamsPlanning and Zoning Commission
Paulette EnglishVerde Valley Guidance Clinic
Nancy GottschalkTeacher

Updated Links:

All documents are in Adobe PDF Format

Please note file size when downloading, some of these files include graphics that take time to load and display.

Draft: Cottonwood General Plan 2025 Update

Chapter Subject File Size
-- Table of Contents 96 KB
-- General Plan (All files below, combined) 7 MB
1 Introduction 187 KB
2 Vision and Values 368 KB
3 Land Use 1 MB
4 Circulation 1 MB
5 Open Space & Parks 1 MB
6 Growth Area 571 KB
7 Environmental Planning 120 KB
8 Water Resources 232 KB
9 Cost of Development 112 KB
10 Housing 282 KB
11 Historic Preservation 453 KB
12 Plan Administration 130 KB
A Appendix 2 MB

Preliminary General Plan 2025 Maps

  Subject File Size
1 Land Use Map 2 MB
2 Planning Sub-Area 916 KB
3 Zoning 2014 2 MB
4 Cottonwood Area 181 KB
5 Street Circulation Map 210 KB
6 Traffic Counts 113 KB
7 Public Lands Map 4 MB
8 Community Facilities 3 MB
9 Growth Areas 112 KB
10 City Boundary Map 496 KB
11 Old Town Cottonwood 188 KB

Existing 2003 General Plan

Chapter Number Subject File Size
00 Cover 396 KB
00 Contents 210 KB
01 Introduction 55 KB
02 Regional Setting 445 KB
03 Local Planning & Public Involvement 995 KB
04 Community Vision 916 KB
05 Housing Element 469 KB
06 Economic Development Element 359 KB
07 Circulation Element 3,577 KB
08 Land Use Element 3,907 KB
09 Open Space Element 932 KB
10 Growth Areas Element 707 KB
11 Environmental Planning Element 700 KB
12 Water Resources Element 552 KB
13 Cost Of Development Element 279 KB
14 Plan Administration 61 KB
15 Appendix 20 KB