As of June 23rd, 2009 the unincorporated area of Pinal County, known as the greater San Tan Area is now known as the community of San Tan Valley, Arizona. This name was chosen after careful scrutiny of approximately 2,000 votes.
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.
As of 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.
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:
Bella Vista Farms
Fairways I, II & III
Gallery I, II & III
Greens I & II
Johnson Ranch Phase I
Johnson Ranch Phase II
Morning Sun Farms
Northern Johnson Ranch
Oasis Magic Ranch
Rancho Bella Vista
San Tan Heights
San Tan Shadow
Southern Johnson Ranch
For more information about the name change and what occured, please visit http://www.ourgstac.com and click the NOTIFICATIONS tab.