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Loop 101 Scenic Corridor
The Loop 101 Scenic Corridor has been prepared in draft form and the City of Glendale is seeking comments from the public in advance of a future Planning Commission meeting.

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Grand Avenue Corridor
Grand Avenue is a major element of the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) adopted Regional Freeway System in the northwest portion of Maricopa County. Click here to learn more about Grand Avenue Corridor design specifics.
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Glendale, AZ - Planning - Service Request Form

NEW - Online Planning Service Request Form
If you are interested in developing or redeveloping a private property, you must complete a service request form to be assigned to a project planner. This step is required before submitting any formal application to the planning department. To fill your form out now, click here

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Glendale 2025 - Next Step
The City Council adopted on May 28, 2002, and the voters ratified the city’s General Plan, which is the City Council’s official policy statement to guide the physical development of the community. It is adopted by resolution and sets the vision of how the community should physically grow in the future. Any future rezoning request must be consistent with the General Plan. The City’s Capital Improvement Program must also be consistent with the General Plan.
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Glendale 2040 – Envision Glendale
Work is underway on the General Plan Update. The City of Glendale has retained Matrix Design Group to assist with the city wide update of the General Plan. The General Plan Steering Committee, appointed by the City Council is assisting Planning Division staff and Matrix on guiding this community based effort. The Steering Committee meets every other month. Please contact Jon Froke, Planning Director at (623) 930-2585 or if you have any questions about Glendale 2040 or visit

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Glendale Zoning Ordinance
This Ordinance controls the land uses allowed for property and implements the General Plan. The Ordinance establishes many zoning districts that control the use and property restrictions such as height of buildings and structures, required building setbacks, density, coverage, and lot sizes. Processes are established for amending the Zoning Map or text, conditional use permits, sign review, and when there is need to apply for a variance to the property standards.

  • Click here to learn more about the Zoning Ordinance.
  • Click here to learn more about the zoning ordinance text amendment for digital billboards.
  • Click here to learn more about the Medical Marijuana Zoning Ordinance Amendment.
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Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a green building certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 1998, which has become an  internationally recognized benchmark for environmentally friendly building construction, operation, and maintenance.  More Information>>
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Annexation & Population
The City of Glendale has grown from one square mile in 1910 to over 59 square miles in 2011. This has been done through annexation of property from unincorporated Maricopa County to the city. State statues sets forth a general procedure and the Planning Department helps to facilitate the process for property owners. The city has an adopted annexation policy to guide this process. According to the 2010 census, the population of Glendale is 226,721. 
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Design Review
Design Review is critical to promote quality development that meets city’s goals and is compatible with surrounding areas. In general, any single-family, multi-residence, office, commercial, or industrial project would be subject to Design Review.
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Historic Preservation Plan and Ordinance
The Plan sets forth the policy for historic preservation and the Ordinance establishes the Historic Preservation Commission, historic district, and administration.
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Other Items of Interest:

  • Consumer Fireworks Zoning Information - Click here to view now (pdf).
  • Banner Display Program - Click here for more information (pdf).
  • Glendale Avenue and Loop 101 Fast Facts - Click here (pdf)
  • American Planning Association Code of Ethics - Click here


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