The Santa Cruz County Community Development Department is located at 275 Rio Rico Drive in Rio Rico, Arizona. The department's goal is to provide the highest quality professional planning services to assist with the development of safe, functional, sustainable, and healthy public and private commercial and residential projects.
The comprehensive Plan describes a general, comprehensive, long-range statement of goals and related policies to guide future growth and development. The state law of Arizona requires the Comprehensive Plan “be made with the general purpose of guiding and accomplishing a coordinated, adjusted and harmonious development of the area of jurisdiction.”1 To accomplish this end, the Comprehensive Plan addresses the coordination of physical development with infrastructure, resource conservation, and the economic goals of the County.
Zoning ordinances are designed to promote the public health, peace, safety, comfort, convenience and general welfare of the citizens of Santa Cruz County; to guide, control and regulate future growth and development in order to promote orderly and appropriate use of land in the entire unincorporated area of said County; to protect the character and the stability of residential, business and industrial areas of Santa Cruz County; to facilitate existing or potential traffic movements; to provide adequate light, air and parking facilities; and to secure safety from fire and other dangers.
Over time, floodplains develop their own ways of handling flooding, erosion, and sedimentation with natural features which provide floodwater storage and conveyance, reduce the velocity of floodwaters and volume of the peak flood, and curb sedimentation. Riparian habitat in and along the channel, along with their natural controls on flooding and erosion, help to maintain water quality by filtering nutrients and refreshing aquifers, and by reducing the frequency and duration of low surface flows.
The City of Nogales Public Works Administration Center is located at 1450 N Hohokam Drive in Nogales, Arizona. The facility houses the Planning and Development Service for the City of Nogales. Its goal is to direct positive growth in a way that preserves, protects, and sustains the City of Nogales' history, culture, and traditions.
The City of Nogales adopted the 2012 International Building Codes in 2015. The implementation brought the City of Nogales up to date with Santa Cruz County and surrounding Southern Arizona municipalities.