A podcast about the dirt on land use, development and inside politics of Arizona.


People+Politics+Development+Drama = Dirt to Development

Dirt to Development is a one-of-a-kind podcast that provides a behind-the-scenes look at some of the biggest developments in Arizona – and the people, politics, developers, brokers, architects and neighbors that make it all happen. You’ll hear insane stories and insights from industry experts, city staff and intriguing community personalities. And yes, there will be laughter.

May 10, 2022

When the Masters in Real Estate Development (MRED) program launched at ASU in 2006, few people could foresee the role it would play in development projects across Arizona. In the 16 years since, its influence is seen in the graduates, relationships, and projects that have been created because of it (as well as other copycat

April 27, 2022

Agritopia is to planning what the Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s album is to music – a masterpiece. Joe Johnston’s accomplishments as a developer and entrepreneur include other successes like Epicenter, Coffee Plantation, Joe’s BBQ, Joe’s Farmhouse Grill, Liberty Market, and more. Listen as we hear how Joe reinvented his family farm into a model for place-making

April 13, 2022

Michael Rumpeltin is the design brains behind notable projects like The Yard, Joyride Taco, Stock and Stable, Postino Highland and more. Hear how he makes unique spaces work with adaptive reuse and experiential retail.

March 30, 2022

The Zoning Ordinance includes uses and development standards governing property development, but what happens when land uses don’t fit neatly into a specific zoning district? Or when a site plan needs to change, or a zoning compliance letter is required? Listen as we discuss tips and tricks to work with planning agencies to secure favorable

March 16, 2022

The City of Glendale is seeing tremendous success with new developments along the 101 and 303 Freeways, and the tip of the spear is the City’s Economic Development Department. Check out how Brian and Randy from Glendale’s Economic Development Department help prepare and pave the way for successful developments – and why all new projects