ANNEXATION

Buckeye council approves more development

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BUCKEYE — Another light-industrial property and another potential commercial development were annexed into the City of Buckeye by a unanimous vote of the City Council on Tuesday.

Two of the action items at Tuesday’s meeting regarded the same property. Landowners Desert Sonora Co. and Dinan Holdings, LLLP want to develop about 227 acres located along the west side of State Route 85, stretching from Southern Avenue to Baseline Road.

The owners are seeking both annexation into the city and a rezone from SF-43, or single-family residential, to I-1, or light industrial. The council agreed to both actions.

An item continued from a September meeting was an annexation hearing and vote on Identico, Inc.’s 5.9 acres, located on the north side of MC 85, just west of Miller Road and a Buckeye Valley Fire District station.

The council voted to approve the annexation with the owner planning to begin a rezoning process for commercial use in the near future.

Planner Sean Banda explained strip annexation, for such small-acreage spots along main roads along the edges of the city limits, is often sought by landowners in order to tie into the city’s utility systems.

Another item on Tuesday’s agenda was a contract with the man who will become the city’s first full-time, non-agency attorney. F. Scott McCoy will make an annual salary of $225,000, plus $500 monthly in deferred compensation, as he leaves his current position as an assistant attorney with the city of Yuma.

The council met in executive session earlier this month to discuss filling its city attorney position. More about the city attorney hiring process will be detailed in an upcoming story.

Tuesday’s consent agenda had some development items as well. The council approved final plats for Miller 60 (232 residential lots) and Tyler Ranch Phase 2 (147 lots).

The consent agenda also included a map dedication for a section of McDowell Road between Verrado Way and 211th Avenue.

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