The latest stage of a series of commercial developments spanning more than 26 acres near Chandler Municipal Airport received City Council approval at a recent meeting.
The final plat for a development called Chandler Airpark 202 was unanimously approved on the consent agenda by the Chandler City Council. The preliminary development plan includes four one-story office, warehouse or manufacturing buildings across four lots that total 26.2 acres.
The lots stretch between the Consolidated Canal and Northrop Boulevard, with the Loop 202 freeway to the north and Germann Road to the south. There are other planned area developments, a residential tract and an apartment complex nearby.
The lots are in a planned area development zone. Three current lots are being subdivided into four lots to conform with the council-approved development plan.
The site is part of the Chandler Airport Center master plan. It has gone through several approval cycles in the past 25 years, though none of those led to breaking ground or construction.
The site received zoning approval for an industrial business park in 1999, which included all uses permitted under I-1 industrial districts.
In 2005, uses were amended to add commercial mid-rise, showroom and light industrial within the airport’s expanded master plan.
Allowed uses were amended again in 2009 to include adult vocational and educational purposes.
Finally, the council approved a preliminary development plan, or PDP, in September 2021 for the applicant, U.S. Capital Development. This PDP’s four parcels will each have one of the four buildings in the plan.
The airport master plan was recently updated in a multi-year process, with the council approving an updated plan in April 2021.
The update includes a potential expansion of the south runway by 680 feet to 5,550 feet and a capital improvement program of about $100 million in public and private investment over the next 20 years.
The airport didn’t get much attention at 2022 council meetings.
However, a resident spoke at a late-fall meeting about how some aircraft sit for months or perhaps years at a time without being moved.
Jason W. Brooks is an associate editor for the Daily independent.
He covers the Buckeye area and the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. Brooks is a well-traveled journalist who has documented life in small American communities in nearly all its time zones. Born in Washington, D.C., and raised there and in suburban Los Angeles, he has covered community news in California, New Mexico, Arkansas, Iowa, and Nebraska.