189-unit gated community on 18 acres proposed for Peoria

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A new 189-unit single story, multi-family residential gated community is on track for nearly 18 acres at the northwest corner of 83rd and Olive avenues.

The Peoria Planning Commission recently recommended a plan to amend the Old Town Specific Area Plan land use designation and rezone the property for a project called Christopher Todd Communities on 83rd.

The City Council is scheduled to consider the plans Jan. 21.

If approved, the development would be about 11 dwelling units per acre, a density lower than currently allowed at 18-25 dwelling units per acre, requiring a Minor Specific Area Plan Amendment to accommodate the proposed density and associated rezoning, Principal Planner Cody Gleason said.

The development will consist of one- and two-bedroom units. They include a private backyard, which will be at least 200 square feet for one bedroom units, and 300 square feet for two bedroom units. All backyard spaces will be a minimum of eight feet in depth. The development will also contain a minimum common usable open space of 125 square feet per unit, he said.

“What they are trying to do is have it function as a single family residence. The difference in this case is that you are not left with the maintenance and upkeep responsibilities that you would on a single family home,” Mr. Gleason said.

Several amenities throughout the community are proposed, including a pool, spa, gym, centralized ramada with seating, as well as a fireplace and TV, a centralized event lawn, and multiple open space areas with shade from trees and canopies.

Nearby homeowner Dan Scarfo said some surrounding residents have a number of concerns, particularly privacy, but have not gotten much of a response from the city.

He applauded the proposal for being single story but would appreciate more dialogue so the homeowners don’t feel shutout.

“We haven’t had very good luck trying to get a hold of folks to be able to discuss any of these issues, which is concerning to me. I feel like it is being bullied through a little bit and not taking any of our concerns seriously. I hope that we can have more discussion with all the homeowners and hear their views and concerns,” he said.

Philip Haldiman can be reached at 623-876-3697, phaldiman@newszap.com, or on Twitter @philiphaldiman.

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