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Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2008 12:00 am | Updated: 8:03 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

Elected and government officials, community leaders, environmentalists, developers, homebuilders, planners, neighborhood representatives and citizens are talking about regional land use this coming Wednesday, Dec. 3.

They’ll gather at a “Community Conversation on Regional Land Use,” discussing ways greater Tucson “can improve planning and collaboration to create a built environment that will accommodate the growth expected in our region over the next several decades,” a release said.

The event takes place 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave.

Elected officials will share their vision for their jurisdiction’s future built environment, including how it relates to transportation, conservation of open space and affordable housing. National experts are outlining how other communities or regions, like Utah, have successfully envisioned, cooperated and executed regional plans.

“As more people and businesses move to southern Arizona, it’s important for our community to develop a plan that encourages intelligent growth and preserves our important cultural and biological resources,” said Dr. Peter Likins, chair of the Tucson Regional Town Hall. “Everyone is invited to be part of the solution. We cannot properly move forward together in one direction without our region’s input.”

This meeting is the sixth community-wide discussion in follow-up to the first Tucson Regional Town Hall held in May 2007. The Urban Land Institute’s Southern Arizona division is co-hosting the event with Pima County, City of Tucson, Town of Marana, Town of Oro Valley, Town of Sahuarita, Lewis and Roca LLP, Diamond Ventures, Tucson Association of Realtors, Westcor, Metropolitan Pima Alliance, Sonoran Institute and the Arizona Daily Star.

The fee to attend is $45, which includes breakfast and lunch. The event is open to the public and scholarships are available. To register, call (800) 321-5011 or e-mail sheila.hamilton@uli.org.

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