So How Do We Get There? Here Are Some Strategies For Moving Forward…​

Focus on vitality, equity, and collaboration

  • Create a collaborative network to encourage conscientious, robust, and equitable practices during the cleanup effort, development phase, and volatility of the real estate market.

  • Focus efforts to restore migrant and essential working populations. We need to acknowledge their place at the heart of this valley’s economic and cultural identity.

  • Provide strong incentives, support, and infrastructure for the return and recovery of local businesses and neighborhoods.

  • Take steps to insure fair housing laws are enforced and prevent price-gouging in an over-stressed housing environment with a large and newly-displaced population.


Commit to an effective, inclusive planning approach

  • Support emergency declarations from local government agencies that encourage rapid deployment of critical infrastructure, temporary housing, and shelters.

  • Use common sense approaches and flexibility in search of workable short-, middle-, and long-term solutions. Evolve and update old rules and regulations that stand in the way of the future of affected communities.

  • Provide options that encourage the return of the county’s lower- and middle-income populations to their towns and neighborhoods, while promoting sustainable building practices for those who can afford to rebuild.

  • Explore special-use permits with criteria that allow for innovative, immediate solutions.

Create a livable, sustainable Downtown Talent

  • Build off of—and expand upon—existing city development initiatives. Preserve the parts of these plans that work in these new and evolving conditions…and support  the reimagining of what doesn’t.

  • Stimulate infill development that fosters resilience, including support for returning businesses, local business incubator spaces, mixed-use buildings, and affordable housing.

  • Encourage the timely relocation of the Talent Irrigation District (TID) facilities so that a cohesive Downtown urban initiative can be developed.

  • Reimagine Downtown Talent as a place fostering walkability, participatory culture, shared communal areas, vibrant public event spaces, and a compelling retail experience.

Facilitate collaborative, responsive local government policy

  • Support flexibility and efficiencies in local building codes, permitting, and planning to allow for innovative building practices to flourish. Allow for short-term solutions to address immediate and evolving needs.

  • Engage those most impacted by this tragedy—including traditionally marginalized and Latino/a/x populations—in the planning and policies to come, so that their needs and vision can be a driving factor in our community’s future.

  • Examine a reduction of Systems Development Charges (SDCs) where they are found to obstruct responsive and creative development in a timely manner.

  • Establish an early warning system and more effective tools of communication to mitigate the loss of both life and property in the event of future disasters.

Adapt to long-term climate change

  • Emphasize sustainable materials that reduce and mitigate environmental impacts in future construction.

  • Integrate and incentivize use of Firewise materials and best practices to reduce exposure to future fire events.

  • Make Talent and Phoenix “solar ready” to maximize the value of available clean energy credits.

  • Minimize energy consumption through smart building technologies and appliances.

  • Develop future power infrastructure in-ground to minimize fire danger and mitigate the impacts of future climate events.

  • Use drought-resistant permaculture and water-preservation practices as we remake Talent.