January LRP News
Long Range Planning News!
LRP BEGINS “FUTURES” EXPLORATION FOR OUR COMMUNITY
The December meeting kicked off our six months of doing LRP’s most important job – real long range exploration and planning. For the next six months, we will be focused not on this year’s projects or next year’s, but on the future of Sun City Grand by looking at all kinds of future trends in the retirement community business.
In December, to kick off our “futures” work, we heard a presentation from EPCOR, our water provider, about the future of water in this area. Doug Dunham, EPCOR’s Water Resources Manager, brought us all up to date with the planning and preparations they are doing to provide us a stable source of water for the next 100 years – their planning horizon. Although there are always possible future stumbling blocks, our future looks pretty darn secure at this point. Watch for an article in Grand Lifestyles for more details.
Board Member Jeff Gibbs spoke about some of the ideas being considered as alternatives for improving traffic safety in Grand. The most promising idea so far is to restripe the main thoroughfares to allow for separated spaces for bicycles and golf cars, leaving one lane for automobile traffic. Jeff is working with the City of Surprise on this idea.
Another area being researched is whether we can expand any of our facilities given the current amount of parking in Grand. This issue is closely tied with the Ad Hoc Committee on Space Allocation’s work, which will be presented in February. The parking requirements have changed since Grand was first platted. If we expand the “footprint” of any of our buildings, or build a new building, parking may be an issue. Several committee members are meeting with the city on this issue.
Carol White presented information on the idea of a “virtual” store on our website. A vendor would manage the website, inventory, purchases, shipping and reporting, making it nearly “hands off” for staff, yet provide the community with all kinds of logoed Sun City Grand Merchandise for their own use, or to give as gifts. There are many benefits to such a store that include community pride, a simple way to buy logoed products, give rewards to employees, and provide awards for clubs to order.
Next month’s meeting on January 17th in the Palms room (Sonoran Plaza) at 1:00 will continue our look into ideas for our future.