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Peoria's history, population, vision/mission statements, sustainability efforts, redistricting, and construction projects. Info on schools, the Peoria Leadership Institute seminar, and diversity.

Information on the City Council including agendas , the Mayor, the Municipal Court, City Manager and ADA along with the city's various initiatives.

News from the city of Peoria, press releases from the Office of Commnications, links to RSS feeds and E-News signup. View programming on Channel 11, PeoriaTV.

Information on the employment process, a listing of current open jobs, how to apply on-line and a list of all jobs and salaries at the city.

 A listing of links to directories of city services, including all online e-services.

The city of Peoria Municipal Complex is home to City Hall, the Council Chambers, the Main Library, the Development and Community Services Building, the Public Safety Administration Building, and the Municipal Court.

A listing of links to maps available on the city of Peoria Website.

The City of Peoria budget is managed by the Management and Budget Division. Find copies of the latest Program Budget and the CIP here.

 

The City Code and  Zoning Ordinace, with updates are located here. Also, find the City Charter, and legal statements related to the website, including our Privacy Notice.

City Manager’s Message on Diversity and Inclusion

How to pay bills you may have with the city, including water, sewer and trash collection fees, recreation program and class fees, traffic fines and more. Setup water and sewer service.

Home and Property Resources includes information on trash pickup,water conservation, swimming  pool issues and recycling, along with other relevant information for homeowners.

Neighborhood Resources includes information on dealing with graffiti removal, block parties, animal control, street repairs, odors and other neighborhood related quality of life issues.

Helpful services provided by the fire and police departments. Report criminal activity, locate crime information, register alarms, and learn about crime prevention.

Search for scheduled events and meetings in the city including documents relating to city council meetings and other meetings.

This section contains information and links to the Peoria Public Library's website, the Arts Commission, the Center for Performing Arts, and Annual Arts festivals and Celebrations. 

Information on recreation programs and classes, afterschool and preschool programs, sports leagues and locations and amenities of city parks.

Information on bus routes, park and ride, dial a ride and bicycle paths. Also, road closures and lane restrictions.

Use this page to find information on the city of Peoria website of interest to builders and developers.Included are inspections, zoning and zoning ordinance, the city code, general plan, permitting, and impact fees.

How to get a business license, tax license, sales tax schedules/forms, register to use the online eTax system, pay taxes and fees. Bidding on contracts with the city and auctions, trash collection, recycling, traffic counts.

Business and Real EstateDevelopment, and other assistance for businesses and developers finding sites, understanding the area, and growing their businesses. Links to the Building Development Division and PeoriaED.Com.

Information on Building Permits. Find out about permits for signs, temporary use of property, filming, and alarms. Download forms and track applications for development, building, planning and engineering permits.

The city's main document portal for development related documents including planning and zoning, building, engineering and fire prevention.

The Seattle Mariners and the San Diego Padres conduct spring training at the Peoria Sports Complex each February and March. Everything you need to know is at PeoriaSpringTraining.com.

A listing of area hotels, motels and RV Parks, listed by distance from the Peoria Sports Complex.

The city of Peoria, Arizona is proud to be the "Gateway to Lake Pleasant," one of the finest water recreation areas in Arizona.

Links to Items of interest to tourists, including VisitPeoriaaz.com, our official tourism website.

The Peoria Center for the Performing Arts consists of a 280 seat main stage auditorium and an 80+ seat black box theater, designed to bring award winning community theater to downtown Peoria. 

City of Peoria hiking trails information, directions and maps.

A listing of links to maps available on the city of Peoria Website.

Special Events, sponsored and hosted by the city, held throughout the year at the Peoria Sports Complex, Oldtown Peoria and other areas.

The Peoria Sports Complex is home to the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners during spring training, and many other events throughout the year.

Bike Information

News and Updates

Background

The City of Peoria Engineering Department, with the assistance of Sprinkle Consulting, Inc., Coffman Studios, and HDR, Inc., created a comprehensive Bicycle Development Plan (Plan) in June 2007 to provide the City with a “blueprint” for the continuing development of its network of on-street bicycle facilities.  This was a much needed update to the 1993 Bicycle Route Plan, which focused primarily on the details of bike lanes on collector streets, but not on arterial streets.  In the course of preparing the Plan, the consultant team performed an evaluation of bicycling conditions on the City’s roadway network and, where necessary, made recommendations toward improving bicycling conditions on specific segments.  Various “Bicycle Friendly” practices and policies in use across Maricopa County, Arizona, and the rest of the country were also reviewed and summarized.  The consultant team, drawing upon input from City staff and residents, recommended certain policies and practices appropriate to the goals and objectives articulated by the City Council, General Plan and other documents.  Finally, the consultant proposed a three-tiered priority list for bike facility retrofits, with priority toward completing low-cost retrofits first, such as restriping with narrowed travel lanes to create width for bike lanes, before more extensive projects, such as roadway widening and side paths.  In addition, the Plan set a goal of a Bicycle Level of Service (LoS) of "C" for all streets.  The purpose of the LoS is to measure the comfort level of bike riders on any given street, similar in many ways to the LoS ratings for roadways as they pertain to traffic congestion levels.
 
When the Plan was presented to the City Council on June 5, 2007, it was warmly received, but the concept of Bicycle LoS sparked many questions and concerns.  The City Council expressed support for the Plan, but urged staff to use it only as a starting point for improving bicycling conditions for Peoria’s residents.  With this enthusiastic direction, Engineering staff began evaluating ways to implement and expand the Plan, though no funding had yet been identified.
 
Implementation

Since that time, the Engineering Department has made notable progress in the implementation of the Plan. Recommended policy changes have been incorporated into the Circulation Element of the General, Plan and other planning documents requiring installation of bike lanes on all arterial and collector streets, where feasible, during any street project, whether performed by the City or a developer.  When bike lanes are not feasible or practical, additional roadway width is provided for the curb lane to provide additional room for cyclists sharing the roadway with motor vehicles.
 
One prominent element of the 2007 Plan was abandoned however.  The concept of the Bicycle LoS was difficult to explain to citizens and was both time consuming and costly for staff to monitor regularly.  Instead, staff has focused on the universal goal of providing bike lane facilities on all feasible arterial and collector streets at the maximum practical width, usually five to six feet, but up to seven feet in some cases.  Some streets, such as Lake Pleasant Parkway, will always be more intimidating to some bicyclists, and the City will strive to provide bike facilities and allow its citizens to ride at their comfort level.
 
The Bicycle Development Plan originally identified 19 miles of roadway eligible for retrofit of bike lanes, through restriping and other minor shoulder widening projects, but the Engineering Department has increased the number of eligible streets to include more than 70 miles, by reducing minimum travel lane widths in certain applications, such as along two-way left-turn lanes and curb lanes adjacent to bike lanes, by as little as one foot.  In these examples, the extra foot or two is more valuable for a cyclist to establish a dedicated bike lane than it is for a motor vehicle.  This change in direction has enabled the installation of bike lanes on nearly all Peoria arterial and collector streets through restriping alone.  Because of this, the original priority list has become obsolete and has been replaced with a simple formula; when a street is scheduled for surface treatment, it gets bike lanes.  This strategy allows the City to retrofit bike lanes at a fraction of the cost.
 
To build new bike lanes, the Engineering Department coordinates with the Public Works Department, Economic Development Services Department, and Engineering Capital Improvements Program (CIP) Division to ensure bike lanes are installed as part of all projects, where feasible.  When bike lanes are already on a roadway, staff evaluates lane widths to determine if motor vehicle lanes should be narrowed to widen existing bike lanes.  Since 2010, Peoria has added nearly 36 miles of new bike lanes, six and a half miles installed in 2012, in conjunction with regularly scheduled Street Maintenance, CIP, and development projects.  The new bike lanes installed in 2012 include:

New Bikes Lanes for 2012 (in centerline miles)

Happy Valley Parkway - Lake Pleasant Parkway to Agua Fria River: 1.3 miles
Northern Avenue - 71st Avenue to Loop 101: 3.0  miles
Lone Mountain Road - El Mirage Road to Loop 303: 1.0  miles
Rose Garden Lane - Lake Pleasant Parkway to 107th Avenue: 0.5 miles
Beardsley Road - 99th Avenue to Lake Pleasant Road: 0.5 miles
Beardsley Road - 81st Avenue to 83rd Avenue: .25 miles
Total: 6.55 miles

The new bike lanes installed in the 2012 represent an overall 5% increase in centerline bike lane miles on Peoria’s arterial streets in one year.  These projects increase the City’s percent of arterial streets with bike lanes from 45.3% in 2011 to 50.8% in 2012.  Additional bike lane projects are continually being planned as Engineering  continues to coordinate with Public Works, CIP, and Economic Development Services, som of which have been identified below:
 
Planned New Bike Lanes for 2013 (in centerline miles)

83rd Avenue - Butler Drive to Mountain View Avenue: 2.0 miles
83rd Avenue - Peoria Avenue to Thunderbird Road: 2.0  miles
Thunderbird Road - 67th Avenue to 83rd Avenue: 2.0  miles
Other streets To Be Determined: 2.0 miles
Estimated Total: 6.0 miles

To help citizens find these new bike lanes, paths, and crossings easier, the Community Services and Engineering Departments have integrated the on-street bike lanes and routes and off-street paths and trails for the first time in the October 2011, City of Peoria Trails and Bikeway System Map to provide one seamless bike resource for Peoria's residents.  In addition, the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) has just published the 2012 Bikeways Map, which can be found in printed version at many City facilities.