DEVELOPMENT

Busy development agenda for next county board meeting

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PHOENIX — After taking off most of the month of July from meetings, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to log many hours in its West Jefferson Avenue board room this week.

A pair of Monday morning meetings are scheduled One will include a presentation of the county’s audit, a strategic planning session and discussion and an executive session.

The other meeting that will cover salary ranges for a variety of higher-ranking county officials and an executive session to get legal advice in a variety of administrative areas.
Wednesday, a regular formal meeting is scheduled.

The board starts the meetings at 9:30 a.m. both days in the Maricopa County Administration Building at 301 W. Jefferson Ave.

The formal meeting agenda includes more than 150 items, including eight items on the planning and zoning consent agenda.

One of the items on that consent agenda is a request for a special-use permit that’s been on the board’s agenda before.

Troy Burleson wants a permit to use his rural-zoned 4.75 acres in New River for what he calls Desert Hills, a RV and boat storage facility.

Generally located at the northeast corner of Carefree Highway and Central Avenue,

Burleson’s property would be subject to a long list imposed by the Maricopa County Planning and Zoning Commission, including not having business hours between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

The planning commission recommend approval of Burleson’s revised plan by a 7-0 vote on June 16.

Another property making a repeat appearance on a Board of Supervisors agenda is Olive Ranch. That’s a 76-lot, 19-acre housing project owned by AMH Development LLC, in the Glendale area west of the Northern Avenue/Loop 303 interchange.

The three-tract plan is up for final plat approval. With 27% open space, the plat has an average lot size of 4,500 square feet and a density of about 4.06 units per acre.

Spectrum Acquisition Anthem, LLC wants a special use permit major amendment for expansion. The assisted living center wants to develop 10 additional row-home casitas and parking near Anthem Way and Venture Drive on 1.37 acres in the Anthem area.

The facility is now only one building with 160 units on 6.4 acres.

The proposal complies with the land use designation of multi-neighborhood commercial in the Daisy Mountain/New River Area Plan. There is no known opposition or support from members of the public.

Wireless communication towers in Goodyear and Morristown, a digital billboard along Loop 202 at South McQueen Road in the Chandler area and an RV and boat storage facility near Olive Avenue and Dysart Road in the El Mirage area in are other items on the consent agenda.

The main planning and zoning hearing agenda includes proposed decommissions of five small area plans.

That agenda also includes a hearing on a special use permit for use of a 15th Avenue/Irvine Road residence for a cottage industrial industry, but the planning commission staff report outlines 32 bullet-point reasons as to why the SUP application should be denied.

The agenda also has a hearing of a de-annexation of a right-of-way strip along the west side of Val Vista Road by the City of Chandler. The 4-acre right-of-way, which runs from Cloud Road to Riggs Road, in front of Basha High School and other property, is set to later be annexed by the Town of Gilbert.

The board hasn’t met since a June 30 special meetings for budget adjustments and redistricting.

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