Redefining Regional Land Use and Growth

Oct. 19, 2015

For his achievements and his dedicated service to the people of southern Arizona, the University of Arizona College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture has named Arlan Colton its 2015 Alumnus of the Year.

A native of New York, Arlan Colton came to the University of Arizona sight unseen for his undergraduate degree.

Four decades later, he had earned two UA degrees and punctuated a long career of service to the region with nearly 30 years of memories as a Wildcat football season-ticket holder.

Today, Colton is the planning director at Pima County Development Services, which he joined 11 years ago after more than 25 years in both public and private planning practice. Among his many responsibilities, Colton recently completed the county's comprehensive plan update. The plan was adopted unanimously by the Pima County Board of Supervisors, and it has regional significance for redefining the nature of regional land use, growth and development.

Throughout his career, Colton has remained committed to serving the planning profession, his alma mater, and the people of Tucson, the region and the state. As with his service work, publications and speaking engagements, the awards and honors Colton has received are significant and numerous. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners and has been honored with the Gabe Zimmerman Public Service Award from the Arizona We Want Institute.

Janice Cervelli, dean of CAPLA, says Colton's work has "profoundly changed the field of urban planning and improved the practices in the American Southwest."

The UA Alumni Association will honor all recipients of the 2015 Alumni of the Year Awards during an Oct. 23 event to be held 3-5 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Student Union Memorial Center. For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 520-621-7576.