BUCKEYE - The city of Buckeye’s City Council has not had a busy summer, which means councilors will have plenty of catching up to do this fall — especially in development hearings.
That’s because the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission has remained fairly busy.
It recommended approved of several development applications this summer and in the late spring, including three projects recommended for approve by the board Tuesday, Aug. 24.
The board unanimously recommended a preliminary plat for 246 age-restricted homes to be built on about 89 acres as part of Unit E of the Festival Ranch master-planned community. A 111-unit phase, followed by a 135-unit phase, will be built near the northwest corner of North Desert Oasis Boulevard and Sun Valley Parkway.
The parcel, designated as Parcel AA-1 in an amendment created last December, was identified as an “active adult” parcel. It will have 31% devoted to landscaping space.
Buckeye City Planner Robert Busick said there was one comment in support of the phases.
Another preliminary plat approved unanimously by the board on Aug. 24 is two parcels totaling about 102 acres near what will be a western extension of Beardsley Parkway, across Wagner Wash, in Festival Ranch. There are 325 units planned, and none will be age-restricted.
The development’s first phase will have 133 units, with the second phase to have almost 200 units. A library is part of the plan.
Pulte Corp. is the builder for both plats the board approved at the meeting.
The board also approved a site plan for Verrado Marketside Apartments. The 150-unit single-story bungalow-style multifamily rental development will be gated, It’s in a planned community zoning district and is in the Verrado Community master plan zoning overlay district.
Nearly all commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting voted in favor of approving the site plan. At-large alternate Ted Burton voted against the approval.
The complex will be on about 16 acres. It’s a north-south strip parcel located along West McDowell Road, less than a mile west of Verrado Way.
Fire sprinklers will be required in each unit. One of the conditions is to have an emergency exit near the southeast corner of the property.
The board also unanimously recommended the council approve a Buckeye Wildlife Corridors Best Practices Guide.