Recently, the U.S. Postal Service announced that a new ZIP code is coming to the San Tan Valley and Queen Creek area.
Only residents affected by the new 85144 ZIP code will be notified of the change by mail. All mail will continue to be delivered out of the Queen Creek Post Office at 22424 S. Ellsworth Loop Road.
“The new ZIP code became necessary due to the rapid growth in the area and allows for the addition of new delivery routes and new addresses in the area. Adding the new ZIP code will also help the Postal Service to sort, ship and deliver the mail more efficiently,” according to a US Postal Service press release.
Residents living in the new ZIP code area are encouraged by the Postal Service to begin addressing correspondence using the new number starting June 1. Delivery to the new ZIP code will begin on July 1.
Mail with the old ZIP code will continue to be delivered to homes in the affected area for one year.
The new 85144 ZIP code encompasses the area south of Empire Boulevard, west of Gary Road and north of Arizona Farms Road.
There are currently 280 Queen Creek addresses in the newly formed ZIP code, including the Goldmine Estates subdivision, Earnhardt Queen Creek and U-Haul Moving & Storage, according to a press release for the town of Queen Creek.
“The town of Queen Creek does not have jurisdiction over the Postal Service and does not have the ability to assign or change ZIP codes or place names,” the release stated. “The individuals who live within the incorporated boundaries of the town of Queen Creek will still receive town services, regardless of ZIP code."
The town added that the new ZIP code will not affect local elections and people who live within the incorporated boundaries of the town will still receive ballots for municipal elections, regardless of their ZIP code.
“While there are households located within the Queen Creek Water and Queen Creek Fire District whose addresses will change ZIP codes, the modification will have no impact on the continuation of services provided by these entities,” the release stated.
Town offers the “Do I Live in QC” map to help determine if an address is within the incorporated town boundaries. The map also indicates the service areas for Queen Creek Water and the Queen Creek Fire District.