What does the LGMC do?
The LGMC develops and promotes a common master plan for the Governmental Mall by meeting with major stakeholders and acting as a catalyst to solve problems and promote site improvements in the Mall area. The Commission is composed of representatives from the State of Arizona, Maricopa County (“County”), and City of Phoenix (“City”), as well as from the general public.
Under State law, the LGMC shall:
- Develop, maintain, and amend, as necessary, a long-range general plan for the development of the Governmental Mall (NOTE: view the existing long-range general plan here);
- Encourage public agencies to enter into intergovernmental agreements or contracts as necessary to implement the general plan;
- Review and approve or disapprove in writing requests for permission to develop structures or sites or award construction contracts for new buildings or improvements within the Governmental Mall;
- Review all planning activities within the Governmental Mall boundaries;
- Approve the final design, dimensions, location, and maintenance requirements of monuments or memorials located in the Governmental Mall, such as at Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza; and
- Publish an annual report on the issues brought before the Commission and its recommendations.
Statutory Authority: A.R.S. 41-1361 & 41-1362; Laws 1985, Chapter 23; Laws 1985, Chapter 350; Laws 1988, Chapter 160; Laws 1995, Chapter 70; Laws 1996, Chapter 7; Laws 2001, Chapter 91; Laws 2011, Chapter 18; Laws 2014, Chapter 229
What area makes up the Governmental Mall?
The Governmental Mall is defined by State law as the area between 7th and 19th Avenues, from the Harrison Street alignment on the south to Van Buren Street on the north, including the lots on the north side of Van Buren Street. See A.R.S. § 41-1362(C).
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Who does the LGMC impact?
The LGMC’s actions could impact the public, including the following stakeholders:
- Proponents of monuments or memorials located within the Governmental Mall: After a monument or memorial is authorized by legislation and approved by the Arizona Department of Administration, the proponents of the monument or memorial must obtain approval by the LGMC of the final design, dimensions, location, and maintenance requirements. See A.R.S. §§ 41-1363 and 1364.
- Private or public developers, or any person developing any type of property, located within the Governmental Mall: Without written approval by the LGMC, the City and County cannot approve private or public development of sites (i.e., issue building permits or approve zoning changes), or award a construction contract for new buildings or improvements, located within the Governmental Mall. See A.R.S. § 34-225.
- Public agencies: As noted in the prior sentence, cities and counties cannot approve private or public development of sites located within the Governmental Mall. In addition, the City must annually inform the commission of new major development projects and new major infrastructure improvements, including parks, streets, and streetscaping within the downtown area redevelopment plan (as defined by A.R.S. § 36-1471). See A.R.S. § 41-1362(D).
Who are the members of the LGMC?
The LGMC currently consists of the following members:
House The Speaker of the House or the Speaker’s designee, as an advisory member: Lela Alston
Senate The President of the Senate or the President's designee, as an advisory member: Judy Burges
Other One member, appointed by the Governor: Mr. Barry Aarons, The Aarons Company LLC (5/10/2016)
One member of the public, appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives: Mr. Kevin DeMenna, DeMenna and Associates (9/7/2015)
One member who has experience in land planning or architecture, appointed by the Governor: Ms. Vanessa Hickman (1/16/2017)
One member of the public, appointed by the President of the Senate: Mrs. Karen Johnson (8/22/2014)
The Chair of the Historical Advisory Commission established in A.R.S. 41- 151.20 or the Chair's designee: Dr. Susan Shaffer Nahmias Ph.D., Arizona Historical Advisory Commission
The Director of the Department of Administration or the Director's designee: Ms. Nicole Ong Colyer, Arizona Department of Administration
One member, appointed by the Chair of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors: Mr. Jason Rodgers, Visionary Properties (12/31/2017)
One member who has experience in county planning, appointed by the Chair of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors: Ms. Carol Shuler (12/31/2017)
Two members, one of whom shall have experience in urban planning, appointed by the Mayor of the City of Phoenix: Ms. Debra Stark, City of Phoenix - City Council District 3 (4/6/2020); Jeff Stephens, Searer, Robbins & Stephens, Inc. (4/5/2020)
For the most up-to-date list of LGMC members, visit the Interim Committees section of the Arizona State Legislature’s website here.
Appointed members serve three-year terms. The LGMC elects a Chair from among its membership. Advisory members are not eligible to vote and do not count for the purpose of determining a quorum. Members are eligible for reimbursement of expenses. A member of the Commission who is more than one hundred years of age may vote by proxy. If a member of the Commission is more than one hundred years of age, five other members of the Commission constitute a quorum.
When does the LGMC meet?
The LGMC meets on an ad hoc basis, in other words, when persons are requesting approval from the LGMC or desiring to share information about the Governmental Mall with the LGMC.
For more information about the LGMC, including meeting agendas and minutes, visit the Interim Committees section of the Arizona State Legislature’s website here.
How do I request approval from the LGMC or request an item be placed on the agenda of the next LGMC meeting?
Perhaps you would like to request approval for a new monument in Wesley Bolin, or perhaps you would like to develop residential, office, industrial, or commercial property within the Governmental Mall and the City advises that you first need LGMC approval.
In order to request that an item be placed on the agenda of the next LGMC meeting, you should contact the Arizona State Legislature at [email protected].