Box Canyon update, Will Rogers rezoning on P&Z agenda for July 13 in Queen Creek

At their July 13 regular meeting, members of the Queen Creek Planning and Zoning Commission will discuss whether to recommend a rezoning request that would allow members of the Will Rogers Equestrian Estates community to park horse trailers, other trailers and recreational vehicles near its community center.

The commission meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Queen Creek Town Hall, 22350 S. Ellsworth Road. All meetings are open to the public.

Prior to the regular session, commissioners will hear an update of the proposed Box Canyon master planned community during their work session. It will begin at 6 p.m., also at the town hall. The proposed 2,100-acre subdivision could be Queen Creek’s largest rezoning ever, according to a presentation given to the Queen Creek Town Council on May 18.

The Box Canyon Project is a master-planned community on about 2,089 undeveloped acres in Queen Creek. The tall, narrow parcel is bounded generally by Hunt Highway to the north, San Tan Mountain Regional Park to the south and east, and the Gila River Indian Community to the west.

Queen Creek Planning Administrator Brett Burningham told the council at the May 18 meeting the project was probably the largest rezoning application the town will ever review and the town’s only area that will require hillside development standards.

The project will request the land be rezoned to Planned Community District. It could be home to an estimated 10,000 residents.

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The Will Rogers Equestrian Estates community is off Ocotillo Road, west of Ellsworth Road.

The rezoning request is being made by members of the Will Rogers Equestrian Community Association, according to the commission information packet. It can be viewed online by visiting the town of Queen Creek website and clicking on the July 13 calendar posting.

Community members have been parking their trailers and RVs in the community center parking lot, according to the packet. It is east of the community center at the southeast corner of 205th Place and Colt Drive.

In April, the town’s code compliance department received complaints about the storage of RVs on the parking lot. Staff research revealed the community’s approved site plan did not allow on-site permanent trailer storage in that area, according to the packet.

The community’s homeowners association is asking the planning commission to recommend its request to rezone about 10 acres from Planned Area Development R1-8 to Open Space Recreation. Doing so would allow the community to store trailers and RVs.

For more information, call 480-358-3000.

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