Concepts for alternative suburban planning in the northern phoenix area

Frederick Steiner, Laurel McSherry, Dean Brennan, Mark Soden, Joe Yarchin, Douglas Green, James M. McCarthy, Catherine Spellman, John Jennings, Kirsten Barré

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As part of ongoing cooperation between the City of Phoenix and Arizona State University, a charrette was organized. Planners, landscape architects, environmental scientists, and architects explored concepts for development within a 110-square-mile (285-km2) portion of Phoenix. The charrette was the summation of over a year of environment studies of the planning area. This part of northern Phoenix occupies a largely undeveloped upper Sonoran desert landscape experiencing intense development pressure. Four charrette teams addressed desert preservation, rural desert development, suburban desert development, and growth corridors. This article focuses on some of the strategies proposed by the suburban desert development team. One of these called for an alternative pattern of development aligned with natural drainage corridors. Several concepts from the charrette and findings from the environmental research were adopted by the City in the revised general plan for the area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)207-222
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of the American Planning Association
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Urban Studies


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