The city of Buckeye took the opposite step it normally does in housing when council on Tuesday night terminated a development for a 457-acre residential project in Southwest Ranch.
The decision would end the development agreement between the property owners and repeal any ordinances passed in relation to the development, according to city documents.
Adam Copeland, deputy planning director for Buckeye, made a presentation on behalf of property owners Verrado 310 LLC, Leister Agrienterprises LLC, and Westpointe Baptist Church Inc.
All property owners requested to dissolve the Southwest Ranch development agreement and terminate the development rights, duties and obligations of the community master plan, Copeland said.
While the initial development was considered for housing, the project is now being considered for light industrial or commercial users by all the property owners, according the city documents.
The move comes as the city encouraged land adjacent to rail corridors to look at their land uses to better help the city grow. The Southwest Ranch property is along such a corridor with the site spread across Jack Rabbit Trail, Tuthill Road and Broadway Road.
“The City of Buckeye will encourage the use of the land adjacent to existing rail corridors for light and general industrial employment uses,” Copeland said in the presentation.
The council shared no comments and agreed to the termination agreement.