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City of Goodyear Design Guidelines Manual - June 9, 2014

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Design Guidelines - Cover

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Single-Family Residential

Chapter 3: Multi-Family Residential

Chapter 4: Commercial-Mixed Use

Chapter 5: Employment-Industrial


Design Guidelines Resolution

Design Guidelines Ordinance



El Rio Design Guidelines and Planning Standards-May 23, 2016

The El Rio Design Guidelines and Planning Standards document was prepared pursuant to an Intergovernmental Agreement between the cities of Avondale, Buckeye, and Goodyear as well as the Maricopa County Planning and Development, and Flood Control District of Maricopa County to provide a consistent set of goals and policies for development across jurisdictional boundaries within the Gila River corridor.  On May 23, 2016, the Goodyear City Council approved Resolution No. 16-1761 which adopted the “El Rio Design Guidelines and Planning Standards: A Guide for Land Management and Implementation of the El Rio Watercourse Master Plan.”   This document also has been adopted by the City of Avondale, City of Buckeye, and Maricopa County which will be consulted whenever development of any property within the study area boundary is proposed.

These guidelines and standards supplement existing local codes, ordinances, and regulations and are not intended to replace, supercede, or modify local land-use regulations or development standards.  However, they will be used in the review and evaluation of any proposed change to the General Plan, rezoning of individual properties, and future development plans for properties located within the study area boundary. In Goodyear, the study area includes lands on both sides of the Gila River from the confluence of the Agua Fria River and Gila River (roughly at the Litchfield Road alignment) to Perryville Road.  On the north side of the river, the study area extends north from the river to MC85.  On the south side of the river, the study area extends south from the river for a distance of about one mile. 

Questions regarding the El Rio Design Guidelines and Planning Standards document may be directed to the City of Goodyear, Development Services Department, Planning and Zoning Division by calling 623-932-3005 or by email at

Click on the links below to view the document by chapter:

Executive Summary

Cover Page and Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Background

Chapter 2 – Character and Vision

Chapter 3 - Land Development Guidelines

Chapter 4 – Open Space, Paths, Trails and Edge Treatments

Chapter 5 – Landscape Guidelines

Chapter 6 – Signage Guidelines

Chapter 7 – Economic Development

Chapter 8 – Pilot Projects

El Rio Story Map

A unique partnership of cities, agencies, nonprofit groups and other organizations has developed an interactive online story map that takes viewers on a journey through history and explores the challenges the lower Gila River is facing and what collaborative landscape-scale restoration efforts are being done.

Users can scroll through detailed information that’s presented in a visually appealing and easy-to-understand format, while learning about the area’s history as it relates to how invasive vegetation has changed the function of the river.

This story describes the numerous challenges on the river, including invasive vegetation, fire and flooding, and the impending arrival of a beetle that could increase fire risk and habitat loss for threatened and endangered species. The site also provides in-depth information about efforts to address these challenges, taking the viewer on a journey with photos, maps, and key information on how the river plays an important role not only in our history, but also today and for future generations.

Check out the “Healing the Lower Gila River” story map prepared by the Lower Gila River Collaborative and hosted on the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s website at the following link: