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County board approves housing, other projects

PHOENIX  — In addition to some lengthy discussions on a few items, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approved many development items at a meeting held late last week.
The formal meeting agenda included more than 150 items, including eight items on the planning and zoning consent agenda. That agenda was unanimously approved.
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 was granted a permit to use his rural-zoned 4.75 acres in New River for what he calls Desert Hills, an 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 at its June 16 meeting.
Another property making a repeat appearance on a Board of Supervisors agenda was 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.
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. The three-tract plan received final plat approval.
Spectrum Acquisition Anthem, LLC was granted a major amendment for its special use permit for a planned 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.
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 were other items given the green light with approval on the consent agenda.
The board tabled decommissions of five small area plans.
The board also tabled 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 board approved 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, which runs in front of Basha High School and other property, is set to later be annexed by the Town of Gilbert.