Barney Park Estates, eight public hearings on Sept. 14 P&Z agenda

Greg Davis hopes the Queen Creek Planning and Zoning Commission will grant his request for a preliminary subdivision plat extension for Barney Park Estates.

Doing so would give him an additional 24 months to attract a high-end builder who would retain the larger parcels for which the subdivision was designed, he said in a phone interview.

The extension request is on the planning commission’s agenda for Sept. 14. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Queen Creek Town Hall, 22350 S. Ellsworth Road.

Barney Park Estates is a proposed residential subdivision with 156 lots on 80 acres, or 2.1 dwelling units per acre, generally at the southwest corner of Queen Creek Road and Merrill Road (220th Street), according to a presentation at the Aug. 6, 2014, meeting.

About 24 percent, or 17.4 acres, will be open space. The proposed lots range in size from 8,000 to 12,000 square feet, Mr. Davis said.

The presentation can be viewed on the town of Queen Creek website: http://www.queencreek.org/home/showdocument?id=17015.

“Rather than redesign for smaller lots, we want time to hold out for a large-lot developer,” he said.

The request from Mr. Davis, president of iPlan Consulting, was originally granted by the Queen Creek Town Council on Aug. 6, 2014, according to the Sept. 14 agenda.

Once a preliminary subdivision plat is approved by the planning commission, it will expire after 24 months unless construction plans are submitted and construction commences, Brett Burningham, the town’s planning administrator, said in an e-mailed response to questions.

This is the last extension for which Mr. Davis can apply. If the commission denies his request, he will have to start the application process all over again, he said.

The Sept. 14 agenda may be viewed on the town’s website by clicking on the P&Z meeting listing on the town’s Calendar. The Sept. 14 consent agenda also includes a discussion and possible action on a request by Gehan Homes to approve nine new floor plans — each with three elevations — for the Rittenhouse Ranch subdivision.

Rittenhouse Ranch is generally east of the southeast corner of Rittenhouse and Sossaman roads. It will have 59 lots, according to the agenda.

In addition, the third of four required public hearings for proposed Major General Plan Amendments and rezoning changes to Planned Area Development parcels in the town are on the agenda.

It includes the following public hearings:

•GPA16-026 “Barney Farms Major General Plan Amendment” (Resolution 1107-16), a request by the Barney Family for a Major General Plan Amendment for 67 acres from Employment Type-A and Recreation and Conservation to Medium-High Density Residential (0-5 dwelling units/acre). This project is generally located at the northeast corner of Queen Creek Road and the Signal Butte Road alignment.

This item was prompted by updates being proposed by the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority to its Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan, according to the commissioners’  information packet

•RZ16-043 “Barney Farms Planned Area Development Rezone” (Ordinance 620-16), a request by the Barney Family, to rezone approximately 534 acres from R1-5, 1-1, and RC to R1-5/PAD. This project is generally bounded by Meridian Road to the east, Queen Creek Road to the south, the Signal Butte Road alignment to the west and approximately 800 feet south of Germann Road to the north.

•GPA16-024 “Meridian Ranch aka Malone Place Major General Plan Amendment” (Resolution 1108-16), a request by W Holdings and Langley Properties for a Major General Plan Amendment of 377 acres from Employment Type-A to Medium-High Density Residential (0-5 DU/AC). This project is generally located at the southeast corner of Signal Butte Road and Queen Creek Road.

•RZ16-045 “Meridian Ranch aka Malone Place Planned Area Development Rezone” (Ordinance 621-16), a request by W Holdings and Langley Properties for a rezone of 377 acres from R1-43 (Rural Estate District) to a Planned Area Development (PAD/R1-5 (Urban Development District) and R1-7 (Urban Development Type A District). This project is generally located at the southeast corner of Signal Butte Road and Queen Creek Road.

•GPA16-025 “Meridian Estates aka Spur Cross Major General Plan Amendment” (Resolution 1109-16), a request by Brad Hinton, El Dorado Holdings, for a Major General Plan Amendment for 234 acres from Employment Type A and Neighborhood Commercial to Option 1: Medium Density Residential (0-3 DU/AC), Medium-High Density Residential (0-5 DU/AC) and Neighborhood Commercial or, Option 2: Medium Density Residential (0-3 DU/AC) and Medium-High Density Residential (0-5 DU/AC). This project is generally located at the northeast corner of Signal Butte Road and Ocotillo Road.

•RZ16-047 “Meridian Estates aka Spur Cross Planned Area Development Rezone” (Ordinance 622-16), a request by Brad Hinton, El Dorado Holdings, for a zone change from R1-43 to Planned Area Development with Option 1: PAD/R1-4, R1-5, R1-7, R1-9 and NC or, Option 2: PAD/R1-4, R1-5, R1-7 and R1-9 on a 234-acre site generally located at the northeast corner of Signal Butte Road and Ocotillo Road.

•RZ16-046 (Ordinance 619-16) “Meridian Crossing Planned Area Development Rezone,” a request by Westcor Queen Creek, LLC., for a zone change from R1-43 to Planned Area Development/R1-5 on a 415-acre site, generally located at the southwest corner of Gary Road and the Riggs Road alignment.

•GPA16-027 (Resolution 1106-16) “Meridian Crossing Major General Plan Amendment,” a request by Westcor Queen Creek, LLC., for a Major General Plan Amendment on 433 acres from Medium Density Residential (0-3 DU/AC) to Medium-High Density Residential (0-5 DU/AC), generally located at the southwest corner of Gary Road and the Riggs Road Alignment.

The first series of public hearings took place Aug. 31 during a special meeting of the planning commission. The second was at the Sept. 7 meeting of the Queen Creek Town Council. The fourth and final meeting is scheduled for the town council’s Sept. 21 meeting.

To read information on each item, visit the Calendar on the town’s website and click on the planning commission’s special meeting listing for Aug. 31.

The planning commission advises the Queen Creek Town Council in decisions pertaining to amendments to the town’s General Plan, its Zoning Ordinance and applications for development, according to the town’s website.

Among its duties are to develop and maintain the General Plan and submit the plan and its elements to the town council.

The commission generally meets on the second Wednesday of each month. Study sessions, if scheduled, are held at 6 p.m. and regular meetings are held at 7 p.m. at the town hall.

Serving on the planning commission are Chairman Alex Matheson, Vice Chairman Gregory Arrington and commissioners Shaine Alleman, Josh Ehmke, Steve Sossaman, Chris Webb and Nichelle Williams.

The planning commission meetings are available on live stream and recorded at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/town-of-queen-creek-planning-and-zoning.

To see previews of upcoming cases, visit the town’s YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheQCchannel.

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