Glossary

Acre

A land measure equal to 43,560 square feet.

Acreage

Units used to measure the size of a property.

Addressing

Adopt-A-Highway

(See Pinal County Public Works website for county roads only)

ADOT - Arizona Department of Transportation

ADOT is the multi-modal transportation agency serving the State of Arizona. It is responsible for planning, building, and operating the state's highway system. Additionally, ADOT is charged with building and maintaining bridges and the Grand Canyon Airport as well as operating the Motor  Vehicle Division which provides title, registration, and driver license services to the general public.

ADT - Average Daily Traffic

ADT is the total volume of vehicle traffic on highways or roadways. It is used in transportation planning and engineering to make improvements and maintenance decisions.

Airports

Animal Care and Control

Annexation

A structure or land added on to a larger one or placed near a main one.

ARDP - Asphalt Rock Dust Palliative

ARDP is a surface treatment applied to low volume roadways to control dust. The treatment consists of oil penetration with a layer of high volume chips followed by oil seal coat with a layer of low volume chips which is applied to native sub-grade of a roadway.

Arroyo

A channel or gully eroded by a stream.

Asbestos Removal / Demolition Notification

ASLD - Arizona State Land Department

ASLD is the agency responsible for managing the land trust for the State of Arizona. Its mission is to maximize revenues for the beneficiaries. ASLD's authority was established in 1915 by the State Land Code. In compliance with the Enabling Act and the State Constitution, the State Land Code gave ASLD authority over all trust lands and the natural products from these trust lands.

Base Line

A principle east-west line in the rectangular land survey system.

Benchmark

A standard of measurement or evaluation made by a surveyor on a stationary point used as an elevation reference.

Bid Submittals For Vertical and Horizontal Construction

BOS - Board of Supervisors (Pinal County)

The BOS is the governing and policy-making body of Pinal County and is empowered by law to perform acts necessary to fully discharge its duties as the legislative authority of county government.

Building Codes

Building Permits

Burn Permit

(Obtain through Pinal County Air Quality)

Business License

(See Pinal County Planning & Development website)
Obtaining a business license in the unincorporated portion of the county.

CAAG - Central Arizona Association of Governments

CAAG is a council of governments that serves as the regional planning agency for Pinal and Gila Counties. It provides a regional forum for analysis, discussion, and resolution of issues including areas of transportation, environmental quality, community and economic development, job training, and social services.

Cable Licensing

Casual Use Property

Common area property with a minimum of facilities used exclusively by project residents, their families and invited guests without restriction, subject to rules as established by the homeowner organization board of director, and at no additional cost or fee. No commercial uses or paid staff to coordinate activities are present in this type property. A professional management company or other services may be hired to maintain and repair said property.

Common Area

Land and improvements within a lot, parcel, or area for the beneficial use and enjoyment of all owners. The common area may be held by owners of lots or residential units as an undivided interest, owned in its entirety by a homeowners' association, or a combination of both.

DE - District Engineers

The DE are staff engineers for the Pinal County Public Works Department. They are assigned to one of the three supervisory districts in Pinal County and provide engineering services for transportation projects within the designated district.

Deed

A written, legal instrument that conveys an estate or interest in real property when it is executed and delivered. (See also Quitclaim Deed, Warranty Deed).

Deed Restriction

A limitation that passes with the land regardless of the owner; usually limits the property’s type or intensity of use.

Development Plan Review Fee Schedule

Development Plan Submittal Form

Development Standards

Document Search – recorded documents

Drainage Manual

Earth Fissures

(See Pinal County Planning & Development website)
A narrow opening or crack of considerable length and depth usually occurring from some breaking or parting.

Earthmoving Activity

(Register through Pinal County Air Quality)

Easement

The right of use created by grant, agreement, prescription, or necessary implication, which on has in the land of another. It is either for benefit of land (appurtenant), such as right to cross A to get to B, or in gross (utilities), such as a public utility easement. The best examples are electrical utilities, water lines and ingress/egress. The existence of an easement on your property does not impact your ownership, but rather provides for the use of a portion of your property for a specific purpose by another.

Easement – Utility

(See Easement) This information may be listed on your deed, but to be absolutely sure, a title search must be done. Title Companies will do this research for a fee, insuring that the information is correct. Consult your local yellow pages for Title Companies in your area.

Easement for Enjoyment and Use

An interest in real property that conveys use, but not ownership, of a portion or all of an owner’s property. A provision in the PUD’s C.C. & R.’s conveying enjoyment and use of the common areas to the subdivision lot owners, their families and guests.

Egress

A way out; an exit or outlet.

Elections

Emergency Management – Pinal County

Eminent Domain

The right of government to take private property for public use upon the payment of just compensation. The Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, also known as "the takings clause," guarantees payment of just compensation upon appropriation of private property.

Environmental Investigations

Fee Simple

A judicial order transferring either an easement or fee title to a plaintiff for property condemned under eminent domain proceedings.

FEMA

Final Order of Condemnation

A judicial order transferring either an easement or fee title to a plaintiff for property condemned under eminent domain proceedings.

Fiscal Year

The period beginning July 1 and ending June 30.

Flood Control

Flood Maps

Flood Plain Administration

Flood Plain Ordinance

Food Inspections

Food Protection & Safety Program

FUSD / FUHSD - Florence Union School District

FUSD is a local school district in Florence Arizona serving grades from pre-kindergarten to 12th.

GADA - Greater Arizona Development Authority

GADA was created by the Arizona State Legislature to assist local and tribal governments and special district with the development of public infrastructure. GADA leverages funds to lower the costs of financing and help accelerate project development for public facilities owned, operated and maintained by a political subdivision, special district or Indian tribe.

GIS

One type of computerized mapping system capable of integrating spatial data (land information) and attribute data among different layers on a base map. Also referred to as Geographical Information Systems.

Grade

A gradient or slope, especially on a road or railroad.

HELP - Highway Expansion and Extension Loan Program

HELP provides the State and local governments with a financing mechanism to stretch limited transportation dollars and bridge the gap between needs and available revenues. It was established by the Arizona Legislature in 1998 as a comprehensive loan and financial assistance program for eligible highway projects in Arizona.

HISP - Highway Safety Improvement Program

HSIP provides the State and local governments with funding for projects that achieve a significant reduction in traffic fatalities and serious injuries on public roads. It was established through the 1966 Highway Safety Act (23 United States Code (U.S.C.) 402) and Highway Safety Act of 1973 (Title II of Public Law No. 93-87).

Home Care

Homeowners Organization

Typically a nonprofit, incorporated entity owned and controlled by the PUD lot owners. Its purpose is to operate and maintain the common area property. Also known as homeowner’s association.

HURF - Highway User Revenue Funds

HURF are shared revenues that the State of Arizona receives from licenses, taxes, penalties, and fees for vehicle registration, driver's licenses, and fuel taxes authorized by Arizona Revied Statutes 28-6501. The revenues are distributed to counties, cities, towns, and the state highway fund based on a formula defined in Arizona Revised Statutes 28-6534 through 28-6540.

IFA - Impact Fee Area

An IFA is a geographical zone identified in Pinal County's Development Fee Study and Update in which development fee revenues will be utilized to construct the needed capital improvements and infrastructre as a result of new growth and development within Pinal County.

IGA - Intergovernmental Agreement

An IGA is an agreement among two or more public agencies or public procurement units for joint or cooperative action to contract for or perform some or all of the services specified in the agreement or those powers jointly held by the contracting parties as defined in Arizona Revised Statutes 11-952.

Impact Fee Ordinance

Impact Fees

Industrial Permit

(Obtain through Pinal County Air Quality)

Industrial Permit

Land and/or improvements that can be adapted for industrial use; a combination of land, improvements, and machinery integrated into a functioning unit to assemble, process, and manufacture products from raw materials or fabricated parts; factories that render service, e.g., laundries, dry cleaners, storage warehouses, or those that produce natural resources, e.g., oil wells.

Ingress-Egress

A means of entering (ingress) and a way out; an exit or outlet (egress).

L-2 Road - L-2 Standard Roadway

An L2 road is a uniform, minimum design and construction standard for highways and roads located outside the boundaries of a legal subdivision within Pinal County. It consists of penetration asphalt followed by seal coat asphalt with cover material applied to base material thickness as determined by soil samples of the roadway subgrade. The Pinal County Uniform Standards Details and Specifications for Non-Subdivision Highways and Roads were established by the Pinal County Board of Supervisors in 1998.

Land

Real estate or real property, except improvements.

Land Contract

A contract for sale in which the seller retains title until the buyer completes installment payments for the property. The sale is not recorded until title passes to the buyer. (Also see Contract for Deed).

Land Subsidence

The lowering of the land / surface elevation from changes that take place underground.

Landfill Locations

Legal Description

A description of land that identifies the real estate according to a system established or approved by law; an exact description that enables the real estate to be located and identified. A description of real property sufficient to locate it on the ground by reference to government surveys or approved recorded maps.

Legal Owner

The owner of title, as distinguished from the holders of other interests, e.g., beneficial or possessory interests.

Long Term Care

LOS - Level of Service

LOS is Qualitative measure from "A" to "F" with "A" being little or no congestion and "F" being highly congested conditions. "D" is considered adequate and typical for some arterial in metropolitan areas. It is calculated for each movement then summed in a weighted fasion to yield the LOS for the approach and intersection.

Lot

1. A distinct piece of land; a piece of land that forms a part of a district, community, city block, etc.; 2. A smaller portion into which a city block or subdivision is divided; described by reference to a recorded plat or by definite boundaries; a piece of land in one ownership, whether platted or unplatted.

Lot and Block Survey

A plat in which a larger parcel of land is subdivided into small units for the purpose of sale. Conveyances need to refer to only to the lot, block, and plat book designation.

MAG - Maricopa Association of Governments

MAG is a council of governments that serves as the regional planning agency for the metropolitan Phoenix area. It is the designated metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for transportation in the Maricopa County region. MAG has been designated by the Governor to serve as the principal planning agency for the region in a number of other areas, including air quality, water quality, and solid waste management. In addition, through an Executive Order from the Governor, MAG develops population estimates and projections for the region.

Maps

Records of property, surveys, topography that are 1 (a:) a representation usually on a flat surface of the whole or a part of an area b: a representation of the celestial sphere or a part of it. (Contact Pinal County Planning & Development regarding recorded county area maps)

Maps

Records of property, surveys, topography that are 1 (a:) a representation usually on a flat surface of the whole or a part of an area (b:) a representation of the celestial sphere or a part of it. (Contact Pinal County Planning & Development regarding recorded county area maps)

Master Planned Community

including fairly substantial commercial and public use facilities to support the community. Common areas are typically owned by the developer initially and eventually by a multi-tiered property owner association consisting of a master association with junior, auxiliary association owning and controlling common areas in a particular subdivision subject to the master association. Sun City and Ahwatukee are good examples of master planned communities.

MCDOT - Maricopa County Department of Transportation

MCDOT is the transportation agency for Maricopa County and is responsible for maintaining nearly 3,000 miles of roadway and 250 bridges. MCDOT plans, designs, constructs and maintains roadways throughout unincorporated Maricopa County.

Meridian

A principle north-south line in the rectangular land survey system.

Minor Land Division

Mobile Homes

Mosquito Fogging

MPE Application

Multiple Use

1. A combination of compatible land uses in an area; 2. A combination of compatible uses in a single building.

New Construction

The construction of new buildings, additions to existing buildings, or alterations which convert the property to another use or extends the economic life of the improvement, is reassessed, establishing a new base year value for only that portion of the property.

OML - Open Meeting Law (The Arizona)

The OML is the public policy of the State of Arizona that meetings of public bodies be conducted openly and that notices and agendas be provided for meetings which contain such information as resonably necessary to inform the public of the matters to be discussed or decided. The intent of the OML is to maximize public access to the governmental process.

Open Space & Trails

Owner

The owner of title to a property as indicated by public records.

Owner of Record

The owner of title to a property as indicated by public records.

Ownership Type

A description of ownership type as provided by the Assessee, including proprietorship, partnership, corporation or business trust.

PAG - Pima Association of Governments

PAG is a nonprofit metropolitan planning organization with Transportation Planning, Environmental Planning, Energy Planning and Technical Services divisions. These divisions coordinate efforts with all the local jurisdictions in Pima County, and with the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and Tohono O'odham Nation.

Parcel

An area of land, of any size, that is capable of being conveyed by a single legal description in one ownership.

Parcel Number

This is a unique number assigned to each parcel. The first three digits are usually the Assessor's book number, the second two digits are the Assessor's map number, the next three are the Assessor's parcel number. Sometimes, when the parcel has been split, you will see a letter after the last three numbers.

Permit Submittals

Planned Unit Development

A type of residential, commercial, and/or industrial land development in which buildings are clustered or set on lots that are smaller than usual, and large, open park like areas (common areas) are included within the development. Individual properties are owned in fee with the joint ownership (directly or through a homeowner’s organization) of open space areas. Also referred to PUD.

Plat

1. A plan, map, or chart of a city, town, section, or subdivision indicating the location and boundaries of individual properties; 2. A map or sketch of an individual property that shows property lines and may include features such as soils, building locations, vegetation, and topography.

Plot Plan Requirements

PM-10 - Particulate Matter 10

PM-10 (PM10) is dispersed airborne particles smaller than 10 microns (1 micron = 10-4 centimeters) that results from vehicles traveling on unpaved roads, material handling, and wind blown dust. Particles this small can be deposited deep into the respiratory system and increase respiratory distress.

PM-10 - Particulate Matter 10

PM-10 (PM10) is dispersed airborne particle smaller than 10 microns (1 micron = 10-4 centimeters) that results from vehicles traveling on unpaved roads, material handling, and wind blown dust. Particles this small can be deposited deep into the respiratory system and increase respiratory distress.

Pollution Ordinance

Pool Permit

Primitive Roads

(See Pinal County Public Works website)
A crudely constructed, non-county maintained road.

Private Encumbrances

Private hindrances that affect value and sale price such as: easements, condominium controls, and deed or subdivision restrictions.

Private Road

Not a county maintained road. Property owners are responsible for maintenance and bringing up to County Standard prior to acceptance into the County maintenance system.

Property

Property includes an aggregate of things, or rights to things, which are protected by law. There are two basic types of property: real and personal. The Assessor assesses real estate (land and improvements), and taxable personal property.

Property Address

The physical address of the parcel of property.

Property Class

A descriptive code that identifies the type of property.

Property Owner Authorization

Property Taxes

Public Health

Public Housing

Public Library

Public Records Request

A request for records required to be kept under A.R.S.§39-121.01(B) are presumed open to the public for inspection as public records.

Public Road

A road that was adopted by the governing board and maintained by city, county, or state.

Quarter Section

A subdivision of a Section containing 160 acres more or less, described by referencing the center point in the Section, i.e. the NE ¼ is north and east of the center point.

Quitclaim Deed

A form of conveyance in which any interest the grantor possesses in the property described in the deed is conveyed to the grantee without warranty of title.

Range Lines

Lines in succeeding six miles increments on either side of a Meridian.

Real Estate

The physical parcel of land and all improvements permanently attached. An identified parcel or tract of land, including improvements, if any.

Real Property

The rights, interests, and benefits connected with real estate.

Recorded Document

Any written instrument or judgment affecting the title or possession of real property submitted to the County Recorder and made of record by that office; includes Grant Deeds, Quitclaim Deeds, leases, contracts, and court decrees.

Rectangular Land Surveys

Land description system based on permanent, uniformly sized rectangular grids which can be subdivided into smaller units of land.

Rectangular Survey System

A system for the legal description of land that refers to the parcel's location in a township, an area approximately six miles square that is formed by the intersection of principal meridians and base lines. Each township contains 36, one-square-mile sections of 640 acres.

Recycling

Regular Section

A one square mile subdivision of a township containing 640 acres.

Right-of-Way

A strip of land which is used as a roadbed, either for a street or a railway. The land is set aside as an easement or in fee, either by agreement or condemnation. (Also see Easement or Fee Simple)

Right-of-Way Permits

Right-of-Way vs. Easement

The difference between an Easement and Right-of-Way is perhaps most easily understood through comparison. With an Easement, you own the property, but someone else reserves the right to use it for a specific purpose, such as a roadway. With a Right-of-Way, someone else owns the property, but you enjoy the use of it (within predefined limits). Also see definitions of each: Right-of-Way and Easement.

RSRSM – Regionally Significant Routes for Safety and Mobility

Sand & Gravel Application Guidelines

Section

In the government survey system of land description, one of the 36 sections, each one mile square, into which each township is divided.

Separated Rights

Rights to property that have been separated by deed such as: air, mineral, water, and leaseholds.

Septic Inquiries

Services Fee Schedule

Sign Permit

(For any signs other than road signs, see Pinal County Planning & Development or Building Safety website)

Site Address

The physical location of a property.

Site Amenities

The specific location-related attributes of a property; such as topography, utilities, street traffic, view, etc.

Site Plan

An engineered drawing of the proposed development of property.

Site Plan Sample

Situs

The physical location of property.

SLD - State Land Department

Refer to ASLD

Small Area Transportation Study

Solid Waste

Solid Waste - improper disposal of...

Special Districts

Special service governments created to provide a particular service, e.g., economic development districts, water resource management districts.

Special Inspections

STP - Surface Transportation Program

STP provides flexible funding that may be used by States and local governments for projects on any Federal-aid highway, including the National Highway System, bridge projects on any public road, transit capital projects, and intra-city and tercity bus terminals and facilities.

Subdivision

A tract of land divided by means of a map, into lots or lots and blocks, for the purpose of sale or lease, generally for residential or commercial purposes.

Subdivision & Infrastructure Design Manual

Subdivision Process

Subdivision Regulations

Survey Maps

Tax Lien Sales

Taxes

TIMP - Transportation Improvement and Maintenance Program

The TIMP is Pinal County's five-year transportation plan that identifies funding and establishes a schedule for completion of planning, construction, and maintenance  projects within the county's jurisdictional boundaries. The TIMP is a fiscally constrained plan that is updated annually.

Title

The combination of all elements that constitute proof of ownership.

TOQC - Town of Queen Creek

TOQC is a municipal corporation organized and existing by virtue of Arizona state laws. It is located in the southeast corner of Maricopa County with some overlap into north central Pinal County. The Town's incorproated limits cover 26 square miles.

TOQC - Town of Queen Creek

TOQC is a municipal corporation organized and existing by virtue of Arizona state laws. It is located in the southeast corner of Maricopa County with some overlap into north central Pinal County. The Town's incorporated limits covers 26 square miles.

Tract

A parcel of land; an area of real estate that is frequently subdivided into smaller parcels.

Transportation Advisory Committee – TAC

Trust Deed

A document similar to a mortgage which conveys title to a trustee for the benefit of some other person named in the document.

Use Classification

Categories into which real estate can be divided according to its use residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, and special purpose.

Vector Control

VLT - Vehicle License Tax (Revenues)

VLT revenues are shared revenues that the State of Arizona receives mainly from vehicle registration fees authorized by Arizona Revised Statutes Section 28, Chapter 16, and Article 3. The revenues are distributed to counties, cities, towns, and the state highway fund based on a formula defined in Arizona Revised Statutes 28-5808.

Warranty Deed

A deed that conveys to the grantee title to the property free and clear of all encumbrances, except those specifically set forth in the document.

Web Site

A site (location) on the World Wide Web. Each site is owned and managed by an individual, company or organization.

West Nile Virus

Year Built

The year in which a primary building on a parcel of property was constructed.

Year Constructed

The year in which the primary structure was completed.

Zoning

The public regulation of the character and extent of real estate use through police power; accomplished by establishing districts or areas with uniform restricts relating to improvements; structural height, area, and bulk; density of population; and other aspects of the use and development of private property.

Zoning / Flood Information

Zoning Clearance

Zoning Commission

Zoning Ordinance