Joint Planning Advisory Council (JPAC)

The Joint Planning Advisory Council (JPAC) has a shared vision to jointly coordinate planning efforts for the greater good of the regions and the State of Arizona.  It is the intent of the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), the Pima Association of Governments (PAG), the Central Arizona Governments (CAG) and the Sun Corridor Metropolitan Planning Organization (SCMPO) to coordinate their respective planning activities and cooperatively work together to foster a successful and economically viable Sun Corridor in the state of Arizona.

Sun Corridor Map

A map of the Sun Corridor region in Arizona. Click to view a larger image.

On December 17, 2009, MAG, PAG, and CAG signed a resolution stating their desire to jointly coordinate planning efforts in the Sun Corridor. At the JPAC meeting in December 2013, the newly formed SCMPO was welcomed into the JPAC. These agencies are located adjacent to one another with linked economies and acknowledge that regional planning issues transcend jurisdictional boundaries. These Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) also recognize that they collectively comprise 82 percent of the population of the State of Arizona based upon the July 1, 2013 official population estimate developed by the Arizona Department of Administration and 84 percent of the FY 2013 sales tax collections.

In the past, MAG, CAG, and Pinal County have participated in many joint planning studies, such as the Southeast Maricopa/Northern Pinal County Study, the Commuter Rail Strategic Plan, and the Hidden Valley Transportation Framework Study, for the betterment of the overall region.  To further demonstrate regionalism, MAG and CAG share five member agencies in common (Apache Junction, Gila River Indian Community, Queen Creek, Florence and City of Maricopa), and PAG and CAG share one member agency in common (Marana).

The existing Maricopa air quality nonattainment area boundaries for PM-10 particulate matter and the eight-hour ozone standard extend into Pinal County and the Governor recommended to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the eight-hour ozone nonattainment area boundary be extended further into Pinal County. More recently, the Metropolitan Planning Area has been extended again to include Florence, City of Maricopa, all of the Gila River Indian Community and portions of northern Pinal County. Therefore, it is more important than ever for these regions to work together.

The JPAC was established to identify mutually agreed upon goals and interests, provide guidance on possible technical assistance and joint planning activities, and enhance the communication and cooperation among the policymakers in these regions.

Save the Date:

The next Joint Planning Advisory Council Meeting has been scheduled for

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Francisco Grande Hotel and Golf Resort
12684 W. Gila Bend Highway
Casa Grande, Arizona 85193

9 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch will be provided

A discussion on the mining industry and supply chain opportunities for Arizona working with Canada and Mexico.  Click here to view the meeting agenda.

Meeting Resources:

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December 11, 2013 JPAC Meeting Agenda and Presentations

October 30, 2012 JPAC Meeting Agenda and Presentations

February 27, 2012 JPAC Meeting Agenda and Presentations

Nogales Port of Entry Trip, December 12, 2011:

July 19, 2011 JPAC Meeting Agenda and Presentations

August 26, 2010 – League of Arizona Cities and Towns Annual Conference – Arizona COG Directors Association Leadership Meeting.

June 28, 2010 JPAC Meeting Presentations.

April 20, 2010 JPAC Meeting Presentations.

March 9, 2010 JPAC Staff Meeting Presentations.