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Surprise General Plan FAQs now online

SURPRISE, Ariz. - Surprise residents can get the lowdown on the General Plan 2035: Foundation for the Future by checking out the newly-added FAQ section at

This site is the one-stop place to learn more about the plan, which serves as a comprehensive guide to the city’s future growth and development.

State law requires all municipalities to update the General Plan every 10 years through a public vote of the people. The next opportunity for Surprise voters is the November 5 General Election.

In 2000, when the last plan was conceived, the city’s population was 30,000; today about 120,000 people call Surprise home. That’s one of the reasons the plan required an update, as state law requires cities with a population greater than 50,000 to address additional plan topics.

Community design, education and the arts and sustainability plays a much greater role in the policy statements. A village concept was also added to the plan.

The General Plan serves only as a guide to the city’s long-range growth and development. It does not include specific future projects, costs or funding sources.

All registered voters in Surprise will receive their ballot by mail, beginning Oct. 10, 26 days prior to the election as required by state law.

Call 623-222-3154 or e-mail


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