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

Focus on vitality, equity, and accountability

  • Create a coalition of accountability 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 immediate steps to enforce fair housing laws and prevent price-gouging in an over-stressed housing environment with a large and newly-displaced population.


Commit to an effective, inclusive planning approach

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

  • Direct government staff to use common sense approaches and flexibility in search of workable short-, middle-, and long-term solutions. The old rules and regulations should not stand in the way of the future of affected communities.

  • Provide livability guarantees 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 simple, common-sense 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 reimagine 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.

Demand accountable, responsive local government policy

  • Create 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 Latinx populations—in the planning and policies to come, so that their needs and vision can be a driving factor in Talent’s future.

  • Reduce, abolish, or defer 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 solar 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.