International cargo plane to be flying out of nearby Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport

A cargo plane will soon be at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport to bring goods to Mexico, the Queen Creek Town Council was told recently. The airport, 6033 S. Sossaman Road in Mesa, is owned and operated by the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority. PMGAA consists of representation from Queen Creek, Apache Junction, Mesa, Gilbert, Gila River Indian […]

Dyer: Let’s thank our neighbors for their good works

Thank you to all Queen Creek residents who made a difference in 2018. They include: Queen Creek High School teacher Gail McFarland, who was the featured artist on the patio at Superstition Mountain Museum in Apache Junction. Queen Creek High School student Tyler Ruof, who was selected the Boys and Girls Club of the East […]

Records: Queen Creek pays more than $141K in out-of-court settlements over last five years

Thirteen times in the last five years vehicle owners have received compensation for a popped tire damaged in the Town of Queen Creek. Five were from potholes and five from loose water-main covers, according to a spreadsheet of 2014-18 out-of-court settlements received from a public-records request. “The town is liable when it is aware or […]

Paper of record: The stories that defined Queen Creek in 2018

In 2018 the Queen Creek Independent covered the ins and outs of the community, offering reporting of local issues. Issues like what was new with Johnson Utilities, preparing for what’s next after a 21-year drought, preventing suicides, planning for the 70-square-mile San Tan Valley, the latest on annexations and the boundaries of new schools. The […]

Planning Commission unanimously approves AV Homes, Taylor Morrison designs for Terravella

A handful of new standard plans by two homebuilders have been approved by the town’s Planning Commission in the Terravella subdivision at the northeast corner of Ellsworth and Queen Creek roads. AV Homes and Taylor Morrison each had plans approved unanimously Jan. 9 on a Queen Creek Planning and Zoning Commission consent agenda. For AV […]

Fire station, new home designs, sign plan before Queen Creek planning commission Jan. 9

A rezoning to facilitate the development of a new 13,200-square-foot fire station on 5.7 acres at the northeast corner of Queen Creek Road and the Signal Butte Road alignment will be discussed at the Wednesday, Jan. 9, meeting of the Queen Creek Planning and Zoning Board. The work session and meeting of the board begins […]

Contractors sought to build covered arena, two wells and other services in Queen Creek

A vendor is being sought to lease town property at Founders’ Park and contractors are being sought to build a 45,000-square-foot covered arena at Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre, provide underground utility services and drill the Barney Farms lake and tank wells. Leasing town property The Town of Queen Creek is seeking a vendor to […]

Recycling participation at an all-time high, but what are implications from Far East decision?

The implications of a 2013 decision made more than 7,000 miles away in the heart of the Far East is beginning to reverberate in the United States of America. The Republic of China in February 2013 began a program called Green Fence, which then matured into the National Sword effort and now translates to an […]

Pinal County approves San Tan Valley petting zoo permit

A private petting zoo can continue to operate with recreational vehicle spaces and accessory uses on a 4.8-acre parcel in San Tan Valley, the Pinal County Board of Supervisors decided. The supervisors voted unanimously Dec. 19 to approve a special use permit for Lisa Ferganchick, landowner and applicant, for the zoo north of Ocotillo Road […]

Queen Creek Fire station, roadway improvements planned on gifted 4 acres

Four acres donated to the Town of Queen Creek, worth an estimated $800,000, will be used for a future fire station, drainage and roadway improvements at Queen Creek and Signal Butte roads. The Queen Creek Town Council on Dec. 17 voted 5-0 to approve a resolution accepting the land donation from Barney Farms I LLC. […]