The current New River Area Plan was developed in 1999, around the time Anthem was just breaking ground. Since that time, the population of the area has increased from 11,000 to 38,897, largely in part due to Anthem. However, the land in the area has decreased from 163 square miles to 121 square miles, due to annexation of some areas by the City of Phoenix.
A New River Area Plan update in 2019 will take into account ideas and desires of New River, Desert Hills and Anthem residents as they relate to future development, state land (Daisy Mountain), etc. The Plan outlines the unique conditions and specific needs of the area, and will serve as a policy that sets direction for development of plans & projects of federal, state and county agencies.
Residents are encouraged to weigh in with your thoughts on the Plan Update.
The next community meeting is December 12 at 6 p.m. at Desert Mountain School in New River. After that, a draft of the plan is expected in February.