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The City's General Plan and Amendment documents are available below. If you have questions or comments please contact Planning and Zoning staff by calling (928) 763-0123 or visit our office in City Hall at 2355 Trane Rd., Bullhead City, AZ 86442. Faxes can be sent to (928) 763-0131, attention P&Z.


2002 General Plan

2005 General Plan, Amendment (Laughlin Ranch)

2014 General Plan

City of Bullhead City, 2016 General Plan Update:

2016 General Plan, Tentative Adoption Schedule

2016 General Plan, Public Participation Plan

2016 Bullhead City General Plan


Bullhead City General Plan Update: ---------- NEW 2016 ----------

Every 10 to 20 years, towns, cities, and counties throughout Arizona revisit their general plans to ensure that an up-to-date connection exists between residents' values, visions, and objectives; state law; and the physical development of their community.

In 2013 and 2014 the City of Bullhead City prepared and adopted an update to the Bullhead City Plan on April 15, 2014.  The next step was to send the Plan to voters for approval.  Approval of the Plan was narrowly defeated by the voters at the November 4, 2014 election. 

As such, the City must restart the process of updating the General Plan as needed to address any changes that may have taken place since the Plan was adopted by the City Council in 2014.  This Plan, which is being prepared by city staff, will provide recommendations regarding the future development of the City.   The Plan will address matters concerning land use, transportation, public facilities, parks/open space, housing, water, development, growth, etc.    

Section 9-461.06 of the Arizona Revised Statutes, requires a municipality to adopt written procedures to provide effective, early, and continuous public participation in the development of the general plan from all geographic, ethnic, and economic areas of the municipality.   The City Council approved these procedures during their November 3, 2015 meeting. 

The public participation procedures call for the City to solicit input from community stakeholders throughout the update process.  The stakeholders represent the diversity of businesses, entities, and residents in Bullhead City.  The purpose of the stakeholder contact is to provide information and advise the City during the General Plan Update process.  As a minimum, representatives from various City Departments, Mohave County, Arizona State Land Department, local utilities, representative community organizations, and school districts, have been asked to comment on the proposed 2016 Bullhead City General Plan.

Drafts of the 2016 Bullhead City General Plan will be presented to the stakeholders,  Planning and Zoning Commission, and City Council for review during the next several months.   In addition, state law requires a 60-day Agency Review period that is tentatively scheduled to begin in January  2016.  Public hearings before the Planning and Zoning Commission will take place in April and May, 2016.  The City Council will be asked to approve and adopt the General Plan in May 2016. The adoption of the General Plan is required to be approved by affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of the members.

The Bullhead City General Plan and other related information will be made available to the public in a number of mediums, including the City's website, the public information television channel, as well as in hard copy format upon request to enable citizen participants to view plan related materials and make comment on same.

Meeting Dates:

  • April 7, 2016 at 5:30 pm before the Planning and Zoning Commission at the City Council Chambers, 1255 Marina Blvd, Bullhead City, AZ.
  • May 5, 2016 at 5:30 pm before the Planning and Zoning Commission at the Suddenlink Community Center, 2380 Third Street, Bullhead City, AZ.
  • May 17, 2016 at 5:30 pm before the City Council at the City Council Chambers, 1255 Marina Blvd, Bullhead City, AZ.

Purpose of the Bullhead City General Plan:

The Bullhead City General Plan provides a clear vision for City decision makers, residents, and others working with the City. It includes separate elements that, taken together, provide a blueprint for growth and development that will enhance the life of Bullhead City residents and businesses. The goals, objectives, and policies of this plan constitute the implementation strategy, and they will be carried forward as time, circumstances and resources allow, when practical and possible. All parts of this Plan are related and should be collectively applied. This Plan meets the requirements of Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) for General Plans, ARS §9-461.05.

What is a General Plan and Who Uses It?

A general plan is an expression of long-term community intentions regarding the future development and physical form of the community. It contains maps, goals, objectives, and policies that are used to coordinate and implement land use decisions with other decisions about infrastructure, parks, recreation and open space, city services, housing supply and affordability, and environmental resources such as air and water.

City decision-makers and staff, residents, and others working with the City may use this Plan to describe a common understanding of the expectations of the community and the actions needed to achieve these expectations. Residents can use the Plan to learn about their City, how it plans to maintain or enhance the high quality of life that residents and businesses now enjoy and the City’s long-term plans for growth and development. The City staff, the Planning and Zoning Commission, City Council, and other decision-making or advisory entities within the City will use the Plan as a guide to make sure that infrastructure, land use, and other decisions are closely coordinated. Those working with the City can use the General Plan to help them understand the types of developments appropriate to the City and the plans for future development.

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