Arlan M. Colton, FAICP, is in private practice, having recently retired as the Pima County Planning Director having served in that position for 11 years.  His career started with the Pima County Planning Department as an intern, where he eventually became Principal Planner and Zoning Administrator. After 16 years working for both the state, airport authority and within the private sector, he returned to serve Pima County.

He holds a UA undergraduate degree in Public Administration (1977) and a Masters in Urban Planning (1979), and became a Fellow of the American Institute of Planners in 2004. The Arizona We Want Institute named him the 2013 Gabe Zimmerman Citizen Engagement award-recipient. In 2015, he led the team creating  Pima Prospers, Pima County’s comprehensive plan which itself won a Large Jurisdiction Best Plan Award from the Arizona Planning Association. He teaches the Comprehensive Planning and Land Use course in the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning.  Arlan also contributed to the Imagine Greater Tucson initiative and Arizona’s Growing Smarter Acts. His many leadership positions include active involvement in the American Planning Association and the Arizona chapter.


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