In 2010, the Pinal County Board of Supervisors was unable to reach consensus on whether the availability of water supplies should be considered as part of its Planning & Zoning applications. To address this stalemate, they appointed a 10-member Citizens Task Force to develop recommendations for an amendment to its 2011 Comprehensive Plan that would clarify its water planning requirements. M&A was part of team that was hired to facilitate this process and provide the Task Force, Planning & Zoning Commission, and Board of Supervisors with relevant technical, policy, and planning information. The team of water resource, legal, and public relations professionals included WestLand Resources, M&A, Snell & Wilmer, and The Caliber Group.
The Task Force examined how the County could use its planning and zoning authority to promote responsible development and consider its physically available water supplies.
- Inventoried and summarized potentially available, renewable water supplies in Pinal County, including unused CAP contracts, effluent, and long-term storage credits
- Worked closely with ADWR and CAP staff to quantify current water demand, CAP contracts, and CAGRD memberships in Pinal County
- Provided regular updates at public meetings of the Board of Supervisors and the Planning & Zoning Commission
- Facilitated a 10-member task force representing diverse geographical areas and interests, including municipalities, private developers, large utilities, and the Arizona State Land Department
- Authored white papers on renewable water supplies and the relationship between rezoning applications and physically available groundwater supplies
- Facilitated a joint work session to consider the task force recommendations for incorporation into a comprehensive plan amendment