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Coronavirus Resources for Arizona Businesses

Covid-19 News and Resources for Valley Partnership Members

 

In an effort to help all of our Members, Valley Partnership will update and add to this information as it becomes available from Federal, State, and Local resources for business during this critical time.  If you have any questions please reach out to Valley Partnership President & CEO, Cheryl Lombard at clombard@valleypartnership.org and she will try and direct you to the best of her abilities.

 

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Federal Assistance/Small Business Administration (SBA):


Great resource for everything available from the Federal Government Right Now with the
Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act


Link to the Arizona Office of the Small Business Administration


Arizona business owners can now apply online in the Disaster Loan Application Portal at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.  The electronic loan application will be screened by the Disaster Processing Center when it is received. 

 

Below are the requirements so business owners can prepare.

 

CONUS DISASTER BUSINESS LOAN APPLICATION Filing Requirements:

FOR ALL APPLICATIONS THE FOLLOWING ITEMS MUST BE SUBMITTED:

  • Loan application (SBA Form 5), completed and signed (this is electronic/online in the portal)
  • Tax Information Authorization (IRS Form 4506-T), completed and signed by each applicant, each principal owning 20 percent or more of the applicant business, each general partner or managing member; and, for any owner who has more than 50 percent ownership in an affiliate business. Affiliates include, but are not limited to, business parents, subsidiaries, and/or other businesses with common ownership or management
  • Complete copies, including all schedules, of the most recently filed Federal income tax returns for the applicant business; an explanation if not available
  • Personal Financial Statement (SBA Form 413) completed, signed, and dated by the applicant, each principal owning 20 percent or more of the applicant business, and each general partner or managing member
  • Schedule of Liabilities listing all fixed debts (SBA Form 2202 may be used)

All of these forms are available in the Disaster Loan Application.  For program questions or assistance in completing the application online, businesses can contact Disaster Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955.


List of resources to help with CARES/Federal Too
ls – Coming Soon

The U.S. Treasury has just released extremely thorough, additional information on the Paycheck Protection Program for lenders and borrowers on their website. Please find that information at the following link, as well as listed out below:

https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/top-priorities/cares-act/assistance-for-small-businesses

The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.

Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards .

Valley Partnership is working on a list of volunteer experts to help those who want to apply for this information find their way through all of the information. If you can help, or know someone who can, please email clombard@valleypartnership.org so we can pass along that information to needy businesses.

SBA LOANS AND OTHER FINANCING OPTIONS - NEW

- A list of SBA approved banks is available:

* www.azcommerce.com/media/1544424/lender-master-record-2020.pdf

* On slide 21 of the Arizona Commerce Authority’s webinar slide deck in context of the overview of SBA opportunities at www.azcommerce.com/media/1544629/aca-covid19-webinar-ensuring-business-continuty-4120.pdf

- Additional funding opportunities can be found under “what are banks doing to help?” at www.azcommerce.com/covid-19/business-financial-support/. As new opportunities are created, this list will be updated.


State of Arizona Assistance:

ARIZONA GOVERNOR ISSUES STAY AT HOME EXECUTIVE ORDER

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced Arizona's version of a "stay-at-home" order at 2 pm on March 30, 2020. The order follows a letter from the Department of Health Services Director Cara Christ recommending enhanced physical distancing measures based on the latest data from her epidemiologists, and following President Trump's announcement yesterday that federal distancing guidelines are being extended until April 30.

The Governor's order is titled "Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected," and unique to Arizona, includes a strong focus on mental health. The order encourages Arizonans to participate in outdoor activities, as long as they are accompanied by social distancing measures. Additionally, it stresses the need for "social connectedness" -- a concern of public health officials, especially among our senior population and those struggling with depression and suicide.  

The exact new order can be found here - https://azgovernor.gov/sites/default/files/eo_2020-18_stay_home_stay_healthy_stay_connected_1.0.pdf.

The order exempts essential business, outlined in a previous Executive Order last Monday from the Governor, as well as essential activities, which includes outdoor activities. Note that it does seem to cover all construction; the exact language used is “construction (including, but not limited to, construction, construction of long-term care facilities, public works construction, and housing construction); building management and maintenance; landscape management …”

The order takes effect Tuesday, March 31 at 5 pm and is in effect until April 30.

All of the Executive Orders can be found at https://azgovernor.gov/executive-orders

ARIZONA STATE LAND DEPARTMENT - NEW

ASLD is open for business as usual.  All Divisions/Sections are operational. ASLD will continue with meetings and application processing, utilizing some teleworking and convening most meetings via Google Meets .

ARIZONA COMMERCE AUTHORITY

The Arizona Commerce Authority’s COVID-19 Arizona Business Resources page at www.azcommerce.com/covid-19 provides information, tools and guidance on business finance support, workforce assistance, essential infrastructure information, supply chain and logistics, housing and community volunteer opportunities. This site will be updated regularly as new information becomes available.

 

 

County & Municipal Updates:


MARICOPA COUNTY RECORDER

- The Recorders front counter is currently closed

- All digital recordings and documents sent by mail will continue to be processed

- Digital recording instructions and multiple 3rd party filing submitters can be found at https://recorder.maricopa.gov/recorder/accountinfo.aspx

 

MARICOPA COUNTY PLANNING/DEVELOPMENT

- The County has instituted interim guidelines for citizen participation in development-related public hearings, including the Board of Adjustment beginning with the April 16, 2020 public hearing, and the Planning and Zoning Commission beginning with the April 23, 2020 public hearing, continuing until further notice.

* The public will not be allowed to attend public hearings in person until further notice. Instructions for how to attend and participate in the hearings in the ‘virtual’ setting will be provided at www.maricopa.gov/797 one week prior to the hearing date.

* The Chairman will conduct the ‘virtual’ public hearing according to normal bylaws, and according to the rules established by the Chairman regarding public comment. However, any written public comment received by staff after publication of the Commission or Board of Adjustment packet will be read into the record by staff.

* To ensure accuracy, the Chairman will verbally identify the specific members responsible for all motions and seconds. Votes will be done by roll call vote only. 

* Attendance at these hearing shall be online/telephonic only. Instructions on attendance and how to submit questions/comments may be found at: www.maricopa.gov/797 one week prior to the hearing date

- ARS §11-813 will continue to be followed for public notice:

* Notice in a newspaper of general circulation, prepared by staff, 15 days prior to hearing;

* Site posting in no less than two places, with one sign for each quarter mile of frontage along perimeter ROW

* Site postings will continue to follow the requirements established by Maricopa County, except that the location/time of hearing will be replaced with the following language:

* Notification, in accordance with Maricopa County requirements, sent to all property owners within 300’ of the subject property.

- Applicants should continue to follow the public outreach guidelines established by Maricopa County, except that, in accordance with Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance, no face-to-face community meetings of groups larger than 10 people should be held until further notice. Applicants are encouraged to communicate with potentially affected citizens to the greatest extent possible, to use technology options to provide broad dissemination and gathering of information, and to promote public input. The results of public participation efforts will continue to be required prior to scheduling public hearings.

- Staff will continue to follow established public outreach protocols during the review phase of cases, except that no face-to-face meetings/interaction with the public will be allowed. All staff communication with the public shall be by written, verbal or online methods.

- Staff reports will continue to be prepared according to current guidelines, and will include a discussion of the public participation efforts by the applicant, specific numbers of support and opposition, and a summary of any concerns/issues submitted by the public.

- All comments received via email/mail or other print will be included in the packet for distribution to the Commission, and for public viewing via the department’s website.

- Maricopa County is only accepting permits online or via drop-box located at 501 N. 44th Street, Suite 200.

- The Permit Counter is closed to walk-ins.

- Permits can be submitted digitally through the Online Customer Portal.

- Inquiries can be directed to PNDpdcustomerservice@maricopa.gov and 602-506-8573.  

- Building and drainage inspections will still be conducted as long as social distance requirements as defined by the Center for Disease Control can be met.

 

PINAL COUNTY RECORDER

- The Pinal County Recorder’s Office will continue to offer counter service at all Recorder’s Office locations.

- Applicants are strongly encouraged to mail their documents for recording instead of coming into one of the Recorder’s Offices. The mailing address for all documents is PO Box 848, Florence, AZ 85132.

- E-recording services are not affected.

- The fee to record a document is $30.00. Checks and money orders must be made payable to the “Pinal County Recorder”.

- The office does NOT accept credit card numbers by mail or by telephone.

 

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APACHE JUNCTION

- Applicants must call or email in advance of visit the Planning & Zoning and Building divisions to get an appointment time.  

- Planning & Zoning Division can be reached at (480) 474-5083 or planning@ajcity.net with questions prior to coming into the office.  You may be required to leave a message when contacting by phone. Messages will be returned ASAP.

- Building Division can be reached at (480) 474-5156 or buildingpermits@ajcity.net with questions prior to coming into the office. Many questions can be answered over the phone or online at www.ajcity.net/Development_Services.

- Additional information about services and online resources can be found at www.ajcity.net/Development_Services.

- Applying for building permits:

* Printing fees are temporarily suspended for permits submitted via email like solar, electrical, small residential, etc.

* The maximum file size is 10 megabytes. The 10 MB is the sum total of the sizes of the attachments, and 1000 kilobytes KB = 1 MB.

* All drawings/plans submitted must be in PDF format.

- Review times are approx. three weeks

- Inspections are currently being carried out as normal

 

AVONDALE

- All over-the-counter plan review and permitting is suspended.

- Online plan submittal is available at www.avondaleaz.gov/government/departments/development-engineering-services/apply-for-a-permit.

- Conference calls and video conferencing in lieu of in-person meetings.

 

BUCKEYE

Buckeye has implemented an interim citizen review process for development-related matters, as follows:

- A.R.S 9-462.03 requires an adopted citizen review process to include the following:

 * Adjacent landowners and other potential affected citizens will be notified of the application.

* The municipality will inform adjacent landowners and other potential affected citizens of the substances of the proposed rezoning.

* Adjacent landowners and other potential affected citizens will be provided an opportunity to express any issues or concerns that they may have with the proposed rezoning before the public hearing.

- The City of Buckeye’s adopted Citizen Review Process is contained in Article 8 of the 2010 Development Code and is required for the following applications:  General Plan Amendments, Specific Area Plan Amendments, Development Code Amendments, Rezoning, Community Master Plans, Planned Area Developments, and Conditional Use Permits.

* This process shall continue to be followed except that a neighborhood meeting as noted in Section 8.2.2 will not be required. 

* Instead, applicants shall notify residents in the same fashion listed with a summary of the application materials and be given a contact phone number, email and mailing address to express any issues or concerns that they may have for the application. 

* The summary of this information shall be provided to the Development Services Department as currently required.

- Planning staff will only be available on an appointment basis. Appointments must be made for picking up or dropping off plans/permits.

- Many staff members are telecommuting. While the Planning office is technically open on an extremely limited basis, arriving without an appointment may not allow applicants to make contact with the person they had intended to meet. Applicants MAY be allowed up to the 2nd floor two at a time, as managed by 1st floor security.

- Please call 623-349-6200 to make appointments.

-  For all other requests for information email:

* permitcenter@buckeyeaz.gov for building and permitting questions

* planningandzoning@buckeyeaz.gov for planning and entitlement questions

* engineering@buckeyeaz.gov for civil and engineering questions;

- All paper submittals will be quarantined for 48 hours prior to review distribution.

- In-person submittals by appointment only

* It’s strongly preferred that commercial, civil, and residential standard plans as well as all planning applications be submitted via USB rather than with paper copies. 

* The number of USBs should equal the number of copies listed in application guidelines for review distribution. 

- Mailed Submittals

* Applications such as solar and sign permits, discovery/due diligence meetings, planning consultation, pre-application conferences, single-lot design reviews, temporary signs, temporary use permits, and zoning verifications can also be submitted via mail to City of Buckeye, Attention: Development Services Department, 530 E Monroe Ave, Buckeye, AZ 85326 with USBs and payment.

- Emailed Submittals

* Pool, Fence and Gasline permits can be submitted via email to permitcenter@buckeyeaz.gov with payments taken over the phone.

- All on-site and off-site meetings will be changed from in person to telephone conference call, go-to or video conference.

- There are no current changes to the inspection process

- The City is working quickly to transition to electronic plan review

 

CHANDLER

- Development Services plan reviews and other consultations are by appointment only by calling 480-782-3000.

- Plans may be dropped off at a self-service area in the lobby at 215 E. Buffalo Street.

- As usual, the City requests that applications be made electronically at https://developmentpermits.chandleraz.gov/clics/Chandler.aspx

- General Development Services information can be found at www.chandleraz.gov/government/departments/development-services/building-safety-plan-review-permits-and-inspections

- Public records requests should be submitted via email to records.requestinfo@chandleraz.gov

 

EL MIRAGE

- All over-the-counter plan review and permitting is suspended.

- Most of the Community Development staff is working remotely and will only be available for picking up or dropping off plans/permits on an appointment basis.

- All paper submittals will be picked up with disposable gloves and quarantined for 24 hours prior to review distribution.

- Staff will continue to strongly encourage digital submittals or by U.S. mail.

- Review timelines are expected to be extended.

- Engineering and Building Safety inspections will be conducted as normally as possible.

- All on-site and off-site meetings will be changed from in person to telephone conference call using the MAG phone number.

- In-person cash payments are not accepted. Checks can be placed in an envelope and can only be received by appointment. Electronic payment is encouraged through XPress Bill Pay.

 

GILBERT

- All submittals are required to be done electronically

- No interruption in plan review is anticipated.

- Inspections are continuing as normal. 

- Planning Commission and Town Council meetings will be held as scheduled, but through electronic means.

- Additional information on Town services can be found at this link:  https://www.gilbertaz.gov/community/residents/covid-19-information.

- Town facilities are closed through at least April 10 with most employees working remotely. 

 

GLENDALE

- City Hall is now restricted for public access.

- Appointments can be made by calling 623-930-2800 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. M-F

- All new plan submittals will be processed electronically.  Visit www.glendaleaz.com/electronic_plans for instructions.

- Permitting questions can be directed to permits@glendalaz.com

- Permit updates can be accessed by:

* Calling 623-930-2800

* Emailing permits@glendlaleaz.com

- Hard copy plans that are approved or redlined will be available by appointment. Contact  623-930-3289 or 623-930-2800 to make an appointment for pickup.

- City Council meetings will be closed to the public during City Council Workshops and City Council Voting meetings. Instructions for remote public participation can be found at www.glendaleaz.com/your_government/connect/departments/city_clerk/public_meetings___notices.

 

GOODYEAR – UPDATED

- City staff is available and working but all customer meetings will be virtual.

 

- The City of Goodyear will not yet be implementing a new building valuation data table (originally scheduled for 4-1-20 implementation)

- Instead, the City will use the currently implemented valuation table. This interim policy will govern until Mayor Lord's Emergency Declaration is terminated.

- Goodyear is implementing an Interim/Alternative Citizen Review Policy for all projects that require a citizen review process, such as general plan amendments, rezones, use permits, special use permits and annexations. Effective March 23, 2020, and continuing through the period Goodyear’s emergency declaration is in place, the following shall be the process for citizen review:

- Notice shall be provided in the manner of State Statute 9-462.03 Article 1-3-8

- A neighborhood meeting will not be scheduled for any projects

- General project information will be provided in the notice as required by state statute. More detailed project information including project narrative, maps, draft documents, and project plans will be posted on the City’s website for public review.

- Applicant and staff contact information will be provided in the notice and on the City’s website, providing opportunity to comment via email, phone or US Mail. Anyone who cannot access project information via the website can request a mailing be sent to them by City staff.

- The notice will be sent at least 35 calendar days prior to a public hearing to provide ample opportunity for input prior to noticing the public hearing itself.

* April 15 PZ Commission Meeting, Notice sent by March 11

* May 6 PZ Commission Meeting, Notice sent by April 1

* June 10 PZ Commission Meeting, Notice sent by May 6

- The applicant shall provide a summary of any input they have received to City staff at least 10 business days prior to the public hearing

- Any input received will be provided as an attachment to the staff report that is provided to the PZ Commission and City Council.

In addition:

- Staff is allowing in-person submittals but encouraging electronic submittals.

- Review timelines are expected to be extended by an additional 3-5 business days, to a total of approx. 30 business days.

- Inspections are currently unchanged, with the exception of occupied structures and Tis as described below.

- The following building inspection requests need to be elevated to Eric Bee, Building Inspection Supervisor for evaluation, coordination, and assignment until further notice:

* Occupied structures - Goodyear will approach these as generally being postponed for homes and businesses (meaning inspections that require inspectors to walk into/through an occupied space). However, if the occupied structure needs an inspection to be approved in order to have safe occupancy (i.e. water, electric, gas) - Goodyear will perform those inspections. Outdoor inspections such as pools and patio covers are not impacted.

* Tis without separate construction entrances - Goodyear will be requiring that PPE be provided for the inspection staff.

- Contact Randy Westacott, Building Official, at randal.westacott@goodyearaz.gov or 623-980-0682

- Contact Eric Bee, Building Inspections Supervisor, eric.bee@goodyearaz.gov or 623-236 -0779

 

MARICOPA

- City Hall is closed to the public.

- The majority of building permits can be completed online via the Permit Center at www.maricopa-az.gov/departments/economic-community-development/permit-center.

- City Hall is still accepting paper check payments curbside.

- Public Records Req4uests continue to be processed via the online Public Records Request Form at https://maricopaaz.justfoia.com/publicportal/home/newrequest.

- City Council meetings can be viewed online at www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZsZ8SfIRLcx_iSSQ7UG8hKyWD5BkebNl

 

MESA - UPDATED

- Mesa has implemented a temporary Citizen Participation/Neighborhood Meeting Process for Land Use Applications

* In place of traditional in-person neighborhood meetings, the City will allow applicants to use video conferencing and other telephonic platforms to comply with Citizen Participation requirements.

* The notice from the alternative-style meeting shall include City staff and applicant contact information and provide an opportunity for the public to comment via email, phone or US mail.

* The applicant must send out the notice at least 35 calendar days prior to holding the first public hearing meeting for the project.

* All other requirements for public notifications (including but not limited to providing a written Citizen Participation Report at least 10 City business days prior to the first scheduled public hearing) as outlined in the zoning ordinance and state statues remain in effect

 

- All public meetings, including Planning and Zoning Board, Board of Adjustment and Design Review Board will continue to meet on the regular schedule but will use a modified online format.

* The Planning and Zoning Board will conduct their public hearings via a video conferencing platform which will continue to be broadcast live at Mesa11.com/live. You can also listen to the meetings via phone by calling 888-788-0099 or 877-853-5247 (toll free) and using ID 530 123 2921.

* Planning and Zoning Board Study Sessions, Board of Adjustment and Design Review Board meetings, members will conduct their meetings via a telephonic conferencing platform. You are encouraged to listen to the meetings via phone by calling 888-788-0099 or 877-853-5247 (toll free) and using ID 530 123 2921.

* Public comment during these hearings and sessions can be provided via an online comment card. Comments must be submitted at least 30 minutes prior to the meetings.

* Planning and Zoning Comments: www.mesaaz.gov/city-hall/advisory-boards-committees/planning-zoning-board/online-meeting-comment-card

Board of Adjustment and Design Review Board Comments: www.mesaaz.gov/city-hall/advisory-boards-committees/board-of-adjustment/online-meeting-comment-card

- All Development Services business will be conducted online and via the telephone. This includes:

* All planning/land use related questions, applications, and case processing

* All building and civil plan review and permits (both applications, processing and permit issuance) including remote meetings with applicants and their design teams

* Building Inspections

- As usual, documents can be submitted through the www.mesaaz.gov/dimes

- All questions about the DIMES system, make payments, obtain permits or any other questions can be directed to 480-644-4273. The call center is open Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

- Permits that had previously been handled “over the counter” will be managed and issued by calling the 480-644-4273 number.

- If you need to pay for a permit by check, please place the check and invoice in the payment utility box on the north side of 55 N Center.

- Building inspections are being conducted within one business day.  Inspections are scheduled through the DIMES portal or by calling the 24-hour line at 480-644-2428.

 

PEORIA

- All city buildings (including City Hall and Development and Community Services), facilities, and public counters closed but all development functions are continuing through electronic or telephonic means

- City Council and Planning and Zoning Meetings will be conducted online at

www.peoriaaz.gov/government/departments/communications/channel-11/watch-online

- All applicants are strongly encouraged to submit via https://devservices.peoriaaz.gov.

- Zoning and sign submittal inquiries should be directed to planning.applications@peoriaaz.gov or to speak to a planning staff member, call (623)773-7200.

- Over-the-counter permits must be submitted via email to otc.building@peoriaaz.gov.  Review times will be longer than current over the counter reviews, but shorter than a standard review.  * Please refer to the over-the-counter guidelines for allowable reviews at www.peoriaaz.gov/home/showdocument?id=17257.

- If electronic submittal is not possible, limited building access may be granted by appointment only by contacting (623) 773-7225, option 1.

- Inspection services are currently being conducted as normal. All inspections should continue to be scheduled online at https://devservices.peoriaaz.gov.

 

PHOENIX

- Starting Monday, March 23, planning staff will only be available on an appointment basis.

- The City continues to strongly encourage digital submittals. Staff is utilizing alternative work hours to maintain employee and customer health.

- Digital submittals, requests for information, and access to web services can be conducted through www.phoenix.gov/pdd/onlineservices/electronic-plan-review

- Inquiries can be directed to epr.support@phoenix.gov and 602-534-5933

- Review timelines are expected to be extended.

- Inspections will be conducted as normal for now

 

QUEEN CREEK

- All development services staff is working from home but available by email and phone. Open business hours remain the same (Monday - Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

- Regular functions continue to be available through https://aca.accela.com/QC/Default.aspx.

- Building and Engineering Field Inspections are expected to continue without adjustment.

- Questions can be directed to:

* Development Services Administration: Brett Burningham at 480-358-3097, Brett.Burningham@queencreek.org or Sarah Clark at 480-358-3020, Sarah.Clark@queencreek.org

* Building Safety Division: Michael Williams at 480-358-3009, Michael.Williams@QueenCreek.org

* Planning Division: Erik Swanson at 480-358-3013, Erik.Swanson@QueenCreek.org 

* Engineering Division: Chris Dovel at 480-358-3067, Chris.Dovel@QueenCreek.org

* Code Enforcement = Victor Martinez at 480-358-3307, Victor.Martinez@queencreek.org

- Application check payments

* Online payments: Paid as usual online

* In-person payments: Can be placed in the Water Department payment drop box located at Town Hall. Place checks in an envelope and write “Building Safety” “Engineering” or “Planning” on the outside of the envelope.  

 

SCOTTSDALE

- City offices are open and some staff is on-site – but the City is strongly discouraging in-person submittals.

 

SURPRISE

- Development services is closed to in-person submittals

- Permitting and submittals for all planning review, engineering permits and construction permits will be conducted via email, through developmentservices@surpriseaz.gov

- Review times are expected to be extended by 6 business days

- Questions can be directed to luis.lopez@surpriseaz.gov

 

TEMPE

- Community Development is limiting in person contact, including access to picking up existing paper plans.

- Submittals for any divisions including Planning, Historic Preservation, Signs, Code Enforcement, Plan Review, Private Development Engineering, etc. should be submitted electronically through the City’s online portal.

* Electronic submittals less than 15MB – main online portal

* Electronic submittals 15MB or more – email PermitCenter@tempe.gov to request an LF file transfer email

* Bundle documents into one (1) pdf or bundle by discipline before uploading. The maximum file size allowed is less than 15MB).

- Inspections will be conducted remotely in as many cases as possible and in-person inspections, when available, will utilize additional safety precautions


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