Queen Creek P&Z OK’s sending request for subdivision’s fencing change to town council

The information packet provided to members of the Queen Creek Planning and Zoning Commission included a rendering of the 6-foot-tall solid fencing, top, that is being proposed for the interior walls of the Country Park Estates residential subdivision and the view-fencing, above, that is proposed for the perimeter walls. (Courtesy of Town of Queen Creek)

The information packet provided to members of the Queen Creek Planning and Zoning Commission included a rendering of the 6-foot-tall solid fencing, top, that is being proposed for the interior walls of the Country Park Estates residential subdivision and the view-fencing, above, that is proposed for the perimeter walls. (Courtesy of Town of Queen Creek)

The Queen Creek Planning and Zoning Commission on Feb. 10 voted 5-0 to recommend approval of a rezoning request that would change view-fencing requirements in a new residential community.

The request — RZ15-057 — is to rezone the Country Park Estates subdivision from R1-43 to Planned Area Development (PAD/R1-43), according to information in the meeting packet.

The packet may be viewed online by clicking on the meeting’s calendar listing.

Voting in favor of the rezoning request were Chairman Steve Ingram, Vice Chairman Alex Matheson and commissioners Gregory Arrington, Steve Sossaman and Chris Webb. Commissioners Shaine Alleman and Nichelle Williams were absent.

Country Park Estates consists of 22 lots on 29.65 acres on the northwest corner of Riggs Road and 196th Street in Queen Creek. The applicant is Whithey Morris PLC, represented by Adam Baugh. The developer is Brookside Homes.

The subdivision features three floor plans, according to the Brookside Homes website. The homes range in size from 3,517 square feet to 5,859 square feet, depending on the floor plan and options, according to the site.

The Queen Creek Town Council on June 30, 1990, approved the original zoning of R1-43 for the property. On April 19, 2006, the council approved the final plat, which included all fencing, but construction was put on hold due to the recession, according to the packet.

The property was sold by the original developer to Brookside Homes. The latter has completed all the required site improvements and is selling and building homes on the finished lots.

The Queen Creek Zoning Ordinance requires 6-foot-tall 50/50 view fencing on internal lot lines. If approved, the rezoning request would allow the developer to build 6-foot-tall solid fencing on the interior lot lines. The request also would change the side yard building setback for accessory structures in rear yards from 30 feet to 20 feet on all lots.
View fencing would remain along the perimeter of the subdivision as well as along the multi-use trail that runs along the northern boundary of the subdivision, according to the packet.

During his Feb. 10 presentation to the commissioners, Keith Newman, Planner II for the town, said during a live stream of the meeting that the town enforces the view fence regulations on larger lots, but added his department has received an increasing number of requests over the past few years for solid fencing to increase security.

Mr. Baugh told the commissioners the rezoning request reflects a change in housing trends.

“Good fences make good neighbors, but good neighbors are also making good fences,” he said during the meeting.

During the public hearing, Queen Creek resident Dave Willman told the commissioners he is in favor of the solid fencing.

“I have two teenage daughters. I prefer for them to have privacy when using the pool,” he said.
Mr. Willman also asked the commission to clarify whose views the fences are supposed to protect — the homeowner’s or the general public’s?

Mr. Sossaman said it is the view of residents looking out of their yard.

Stephanie Roy, who has purchased a home in the subdivision, inquired about the timeline to resolve the issue of fencing as it is holding up construction of her home.

“Our fencing is not complete because of this lingering issue,” she said.

She said she is in favor of the solid fencing to provide security for her pool and her two large dogs.

Prior to voting, Mr. Sossaman said he was in favor of the rezoning because it benefits people who will reside in the community.

The item will appear as a public hearing on the town council’s March 16 meeting agenda. Mr. Newman said.

The Queen Creek Planning and Zoning Commission meets on the second Wednesday of each month at the Queen Creek Town Hall, 22350 S. Ellsworth Road. Study Sessions (if scheduled) are held at 6 p.m., and regular meetings are held at 7 p.m. The meetings are live streamed and recorded online.

The Queen Creek Town Council meets at 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the town hall. Public hearings are not held before 7 p.m. The meetings are live streamed and recorded online.

For more information, visit www.queencreek.org or call 480-358-3000.

 

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