Comprehensive Plan

Respect and Cooperation

Officially adopted by County Commissioners on April 8, 2003, the McKinley County Comprehensive Plan establishes a broad framework for interjurisdictional respect and cooperation. Its principal purpose is analyzing citizen's resources toward improving quality of life while preserving tradition and natural assets.

While recognizing the sovereignty of tribal lands, property rights of individual citizens, municipal adopted plans and regulations as well as preferences of unincorporated community residents, the plan focuses on a dozen different subject areas:

  • Land Use
  • Transportation
  • Water
  • Intergovernmental Relations
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Education
  • Tourism
  • Economic Development
  • Fiscal Impact
  • Infrastructure
  • Implementation Program

Vision Statement

McKinley County's planning vision centers on its people. Our shared values of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness include personal and social responsibility, cultural sensitivity, spirituality, equality and mutual respect. There is appreciation for education and strong support for the importance of family, nurturing of children, non-violence and security from hunger - all of which contribute to a strong sense of community.

Convivial, progressive spirit envisions living quality in beautiful communities where the environment, arts, history and culture are preserved. The bio-region can be sustained through sensitive growth that stewards water resources by maintaining natural green areas as well as protecting and conserving the desert.

Coordinated, unified governance will foster a stable future based on diverse development that offers an improved rural economy, attraction of well-paying jobs and encouragement to entrepreneurial ventures. County citizens commit to increased community involvement for true participatory democracy that thrives on a spirit of volunteerism and philanthropy.

Ethical, proactive leaders will meet citizens' expectations to engage in regional cooperation with accountability, equitable distribution of resources and excellence in public service.

Working together for a stable tax base will enhance local jurisdictions' ability to provide safety, education, health care, infrastructure quality, responsive public services, tourism attraction and recreation. Future planning remembers: to protect water and air quality; to assist the young, the aged, the infirm and all those in need; and to promote the enjoyment of living in McKinley County.