Applications for solar facilities in Pinal County to be processed quicker in proposed change

Allowing solar photovoltaic energy production facilities of up to 640 acres to be processed as a non-major comprehensive plan amendment is to be discussed Oct. 17 by the Pinal County Planning and Zoning Commission. Non-major amendments can be considered at any time of the year, while major amendments are heard once per calendar year, according […]

Queen Creek Olive Mill expansion includes brewery, hotel

The Queen Creek Olive Mill is expanding to add olive groves, a restaurant, spa/pool, brewery and a boutique bed and breakfast hotel at the northeast corner of Combs and Rittenhouse roads. The town’s Planning and Zoning Commission voted 4-0 on Oct. 9 to recommend approval of rezoning 47.5 acres from R1-43 rural estate district to […]

14 homes planned on 20 acres at Signal Butte, Queen Creek roads

A preliminary plat has been approved by the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission for 14 homes on a 20-acre site in the Barney Family Neighborhood at the northwest corner of Signal Butte and Queen Creek roads. The plat, or map, was approved 4-0 by the Planning Commission in an Oct. 9 consent agenda with other […]

What is being decided behind closed doors?

Queen Creek Town Council has met behind closed doors several times in recent months to discuss a lawsuit filed against the town by Johnson Utilities and the Apache Junction City Council separately did the same to discuss obtaining authority to engage in a utility business. Agendas of the meetings — called executive sessions — are […]

Dyer: Register by Oct. 7 to vote in your school district’s election

It’s election time, when voters such as you and me receive, mark and mail-in our ballots for school-district questions. Voters in the Queen Creek and Higley unified school district boundaries will decide next month if they can continue maintenance and operations 15% budget overrides. HUSD is also asking to modify a list of previously approved […]

What are the top violent crimes reported in Queen Creek, Apache Junction?

There are more reported incidents of aggravated assault in the City of Apache Junction than from the violent crimes of murder, rape or robbery, according to recent police records. From Jan. 1, 2016-May 31, 2019, there were 258 aggravated assaults, 44 robberies, six rapes and two murders, according to the Apache Junction Police Department. For […]

Revised impact fees to be considered Oct. 16 by Queen Creek council

A public hearing held Sept. 4 on proposed changes to the Town of Queen Creek’s impact fees has been continued to Oct. 16 because of a miscalculation on three of the amounts. Residential and non-residential impact fees are one-time fees assessed to new development to pay for the new growth’s proportionate share of necessary infrastructure. […]

Meeting in the middle: Apache Junction, Queen Creek to share a border at State Route 24

When State Route 24 is constructed east from Ellsworth Road to Ironwood Drive, it will be the dividing line between the municipalities of Apache Junction and Queen Creek. Drivers in Mesa on Loop 202 Santan Freeway can take SR24, the Gateway Freeway, south to the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and east to Ellsworth Road, south of […]

Dyer: Annexation of State Trust land bridging gap between Queen Creek, Apache Junction

On a recent morning, I drove south on Ironwood Drive from U.S. Highway 60 on the State Trust land route between the City of Apache Junction and the Town of Queen Creek. Because of the recent annexation of State Trust land by the Town of Queen Creek south of the State Route 24 corridor and […]

Nov. 5 election: Queen Creek, Higley school districts seek budget overrides

Voters within the Queen Creek and Higley unified school district boundaries will decide Nov. 5 if they can continue maintenance and operations 15% budget overrides. HUSD is also asking to modify a list of previously approved capital projects. They will be mailed-ballot only elections. Monday, Oct. 7 is the last day to register to vote […]