What are people referring to when they speak of San Tan Valley?
San Tan Valley is the name of Arizona’s newest community. It is also Pinal County’s largest community in terms of overall population. San Tan Valley comprises a large area south of the incorporated area (meaning inside the town limits) of Queen Creek, Arizona.
I’m hearing that my zip code is changing, too. What’s that about?
What are the zip code changes?
The U.S. Postal Service is changing the following zip codes in Pinal County:
Apache Junction, Arizona City, Casa Grande, Coolidge, Eloy, Florence, Kearny, Maricopa, Queen Creek, Red Rock, Stanfield, Superior and Winkelman.
Those with an 852 as the first three digits of their zip code will now have 851 instead. The last two digits will not change.
What zip codes are affected by the new name San Tan Valley?
Portions of the following zip codes: 85142, 85140, 85143 and 85132. You will have to examine the map
to locate your neighborhood to see if you are affected by the name change.
When will the name change take place?
On July 1, 2009, residents of this area should begin using San Tan Valley, AZ (New Zip Code) on correspondence, mailing labels and stationery. Also, begin notifying companies that bill you for utility service, charge cards, insurance companies and so forth.
You have a one year grace period to make the change. After July 1, 2010, if your mailing list has not been updated, you may not receive correspondence if it is not correctly addressed.
What about my voter registration?
The Pinal County Recorder’s Office, the office that maintains voter registration records, has a way to automatically change the address for you. No additional efforts are necessary on your part.
What should I do about magazine subscriptions?
Many mailing list companies, catalog companies and magazines have similar systems in place to ensure accurate mailings. You should not take this for granted. A quick note or call to update your subscription address (many publishers allow you to do to this by email, too) will ensure that you don’t miss an issue of your favorite magazine.
Why did we get this new name?
This area is not part of the Queen Creek town limits and there was often confusion about where people live. Depending on who you talk to, the area is known by different names: Bella Vista, Queen Creek, Johnson Ranch, “south of Queen Creek” or other variations like that.
The U.S. Postal Service announced a change in zip codes for a variety of areas throughout Pinal County. In his communication with local residents, District 2 Supervisor Bryan Martyn discussed giving the area a specific identity. By “branding” the area as different from – and larger than – Queen Creek, Supervisor Martyn believes the community will have a more marketable identity.
“When the economic recovery happens, and it WILL happen, companies will be looking to expand their businesses or regional offices in places like the San Tan Valley,” Martyn says. “We have a young, vibrant and diverse workforce that would love the chance to work closer to home. We need this marketable identity to attract the kind of economic development that pays higher wages.”
The change in zip codes offered perfect timing for changing letterhead, address labels and so forth. If you already have to make the change, it makes the most sense to do it all at once, Martyn said.
Does this mean we are now an incorporated town or city?
No, it does not. All this action does is to create a name for the geographical area. Incorporation is a much more involved process that is described in Arizona State Statutes Title 9-101. More about incorporation can be found on the web at: www.azleg.gov
or at http://www.azleague.org/pdf/pub_municipal_incorp.pdf
Pinal County does not take a position on incorporation. Deciding to incorporate or not is a matter that is decided by local residents. People may choose to incorporate for a variety of reasons but often it is because they would like their own police or fire protection, more control over local land use decisions or to solve specific infrastructure needs at the local level. There are many pros and cons related to incorporation and the Arizona League of Cities and Towns’ guide linked above can help you learn more about incorporation.
How was San Tan Valley chosen to be our new name?
A public vote was taken online and by paper ballot from Friday, June 19, 2009 until Monday, June 22, 2009. A committee of people gathered to count ballots and witness the ballots being counted and the name was announced on Tuesday, June 23, 2009.
The name “San Tan Valley” garnered 18 percent of the vote, beating 23 other names that had been recommended for the ballot. The Greater San Tan Area Coalition organized the voting and established the website. The Coalition also sponsored a public meeting on Monday, June 22 at the Circle Cross Ranch K-8 School to discuss the name and vote. You can learn more about the Greater San Tan Area Coalition at their website: www.ourgstac.com
What is the population of the new San Tan Valley?
Population estimates indicate that the area population is slightly below 80,000, making the new San Tan Valley area Pinal County’s biggest population center.
I can't tell from the map if my neighborhood is affected. Do you have a list of the affected subdivisions?
Yes. If your subdivision is on this list, you may begin using San Tan Valley, AZ as your address.
Listing of communities affected by this change:
- Arabian Trails
- Bella Vista
- Bella Vista Farms
- Bonanza Ranch
- Canyon Rock
- Circle Cross
- Copper Basin
- Dobson Farms
- Equestrian Manor
- Fairways I, II & III
- Gallery I, II & III
- Goldmine Equestrian
- Greens I & II
- Home Place
- Horseshoe Canyon
- Ironwood Crossing
- Johnson Ranch Phase I
- Johnson Ranch Phase II
- Lakeview Gardens
- Laredo Ranch
- Magic Ranch
- Magma Ranch
- Meadow Vista
- Morning Sun Farms
- Mustang Ridge
- Northern Johnson Ranch
- Oasis Magic Ranch
- Ocotillo Trails
- Ocotillo Verde
- Pecan Creek
- Pecan Farms
- Pecan South
- Quail Run
- Rancho Bella Vista
- Riding Stables
- Rodeo Ridge
- RV Park
- San Tan Heights
- San Tan Shadow
- Silverado Ranch
- Skyline Estates
- Skyline Ranch
- Sonoran Villages
- Southern Johnson Ranch
- Stagecoach Pass
- Stonegate, Rosewalk
- Superstition Views
- Taylor Ranch
- The Crossings
- The Links
- The Springs
- Torrey Park
- Ware Farms
- Wayne Ranch