2007 RHE Neighborhood Plan process

In 2007, residents of RHE worked with Dr Barbara Becker and students from her Comprehensive and Strategic Planning class at the University of Arizona to create a Neighborhood Plan for Richland Heights East. You can follow the progress from the following postings that appeared on the RHENA blog.

May 5, 2007:


Students in the University of Arizona Planning Department spent 3 months in the Spring of 2007 working with the RHE board and neighbors to come up with the attached neighborhood plan.

Neighbors will use the draft plan as a starting point to develop a Neighborhood Plan that the entire neighborhood can live with.

THIS PLAN IS A DRAFT, none of the items in it have been agreed to by the neighborhood. It represents the result of a neighborhood survey and multiple meetings between RHENA neighbors and the students.

To view a copy of the plan click here: Richland Heights East Neighborhood Plan
[Note: this now links to the final version of the plan.]

May 5, 2007:

Sunday, May 6, 2007
9:00 am-Noon
3301 N Wilson

We are having a final, hard core, page-by-page analysis of the Richland Heights East Neighborhood Plan so that we can recommend final document changes to the U of A Students and Dr Becker.

Come prepared to suggest changes based on the three meetings held with the neighborhood, their comments, AND what the U of A thinks would work well for our neighborhood. We will not spend time "rehashing" the already presented. We want to spend 3 hours in informed discussion, and to make the final changes to the document. So please have your thinking caps on.

July 24, 2007:

July 14, 2007, 3:00-5:00 pm, at the church on Olsen and Prince, in the church hall (not in the church itself).

Come join your neighbors for lively discussion and delicious ice cream to help us all beat the heat! The purpose of this meeting is to start the actions/activities based on the final Neighborhood Plan, prepared for us by the University of Arizona students. We want individuals to form groups based on the sections of the plan, and to determine what part(s) of any section they want to tackle as first projects. See you there!

July 18, 2007:

On Saturday, July 14, 2007, at least 34 neighbors turned out to form committees and begin activities based on ideas from the final planning document prepared by the U of A students. The committees are: Land Use, Public Infrastructure, Circulation, Parks & Conservation, and Neighborhood Resources. Neighbors chose a committee to join (or more than one), then each group discussed issues they would like to start working on, and when to meet again.

If you were not able to attend but would like to participate, contact the webmaster or a RHENA board member for more information.

Many thanks to all the people who contributed the ice cream and toppings at the meeting!

August 27, 2007:

The next meeting of the Circulation Committee will be held at Sandy Miller's house on Tuesday, August 28, at 7:00 pm.

We have a couple of things to discuss:

  1. What we want to be done at the corners of Olsen & Ft Lowell and Lind & Campbell.
  2. Gerald's idea of combining "road narrowing" with water harvesting using porous pavers.
  3. Whether we want to pursue getting our roads resurfaced sooner than currently scheduled.
  4. Whether we want to pursue getting more speed humps installed throughout the neighborhood.

In general, the Circulation Committee focuses on issues of traffic, road conditions and moving through the neighborhood -- on foot or on wheels.

All RHE neighborhood residents interested in participating on this committee are welcome at the meeting. Hope to see you there!

There were 3 comments to this post:

  1. (9/4/07 from Linda) I agree with the bump outs on Lind & Olsen. However, I think the committee needs to pursue bump-outs for all other streets too, in order to prevent pass through traffic just moving to another street. I think all streets need bump outs, or some visible traffic calming item! Linda
  2. (10/19/07 from Sandy) Linda, I agree completely, as I think we all do. The reason we are concentrating on Lind/Campbell and Olsen/Ft Lowell is that they can be included in the RTA project at Campbell and Ft Lowell, with no cost to the neighborhood. We intend to follow up with all other streets entering the neighborhood from Campbell and Ft Lowell (and Prince, too, if/when that becomes a problem). Sandy
  3. (12/7/07 from Gerald) If additional bump outs are planned we should consider a < shape. This will help to direct water runoff to projected curb cuts for water harvesting.
October 20, 2007:

This older neighborhood plan encompasses both RHE and RHW (Richland Heights West, on the west side of Campbell Avenue), and includes updates through March of 1990.

1977 Richland Heights Plan

October 26, 2007:

To help our neighborhood proceed with long-range planning and project implementation, we're using a simple three-level organizing structure to keep us moving forward:

  • One overall Focus Group
  • Five group facilitators
  • Members of the five groups
This document -- presented at the Fall Annual Meeting on 10/15/2007 -- explains the responsibilities and activities taking place at each level.

Definitions of responsibilities of Focus-sections

October 26, 2007:

The Focus Group has created a method for communicating important planning issues to neighbors. This document, RHE Policy Statement #1 -- presented at the Fall Annual Meeting on 10/15/2007, explains how this process works.

Final Group Process Communicaton to RHE