Queen Creek school district facility rental fees approved

Facilities at Queen Creek Unified School District can be rented for free by some organizations and also for a fee by others, from as low as $10 an hour for a classroom to $2,000 a day for the swimming pool. Fees to rent QCUSD facilities will remain the same for 2019-20 but will likely go […]

Independent Newsmedia launches new Community Advocate Thinktank

Greetings from your friendly neighborhood news editor. I’ve been serving as your community news editor at Independent Newsmedia for one year. In that time, I’ve strived to bring a conscientious approach to hyperlocal reporting. We believe in the importance of writing articles with purposeful neutrality and providing a solid understanding of all sides of a […]

4,140 acres in Pinal County to be annexed by Town of Queen Creek

More than 6 square miles of State Trust Land along the State Route 24 corridor in Pinal County is slated to be annexed by the Town of Queen Creek. The Town Council on April 17 voted unanimously in a consent agenda to approve a pre-annexation development agreement with the Arizona State Land Department. It is […]

$4.5 million in adjustments approved for Queen Creek’s 2018-19 budget

More than $4.5 million for capital improvement projects and operating expenditures have been reallocated in the fiscal year 2018-19 budget. Queen Creek Town Council voted 5-0 April 3 on a consent agenda that included approving the third-quarter budget amendments totaling $4,520,885 in expenditures. Mayor Gail Barney and Councilman Jeff Brown were absent. Receiving Town Council […]

Dutch Brothers Coffee Shop site plan approved; drive-thru to open Oct. 1

If too many people regularly line up in their vehicles at a planned Dutch Brothers Coffee Shop at Ellsworth and Queen Creek roads, the owner is to work with the town’s transportation engineer to ensure that traffic mitigation is sufficiently managed, Town Council decided recently. The council on April 3 voted 5-0 to approve a […]

Safety audit being done of Ironwood Road, Germann to Ocotillo

The Arizona Department of Transportation is conducting a safety audit for Ironwood Road near the housing subdivision of Ironwood Crossing, which was annexed into Queen Creek in April 2018. By June of last year the town was receiving comments from residents who were concerned with the roadway’s safety, Troy White, the town’s public works director, […]

Dyer: Denied access to Queen Creek records? E-mail me what happened, when

Have you been denied access to public records that the Town of Queen Creek retains as a municipality? If yes, please e-mail me at rdyer@newszap.com with when it was, what you asked for and what the town said when it denied you access. Since January, Independent Newsmedia editors in Arizona — including here in Queen […]

Railroad quiet zones discussed by Queen Creek Town Council

The 12,000 Queen Creek residents who live close to the town’s four Union Pacific Railroad crossings are in a train-horn noise influence area, the Queen Creek Town Council was told recently. They live within 1,500 feet from the train tracks, which cross at Ocotillo, Ellsworth, Sossaman and Combs roads in Queen Creek, Troy White, public […]

Groundwater credits policy revised by Queen Creek Town Council

A policy on the application of groundwater credits to subdivisions enrolled in the Central Arizona Groundwater Replenishment District has been revised by the Queen Creek Town Council. The council voted unanimously March 20 to approve the item in a resolution. Council members Jake Hoffman and Julia Wheatley voted by phone. As required under the Arizona […]

Orangewood subdivision at Cloud, 220th to have 93 lots

Vacant property on the northwest corner of Cloud Road and 220th Street is to become a gated 93-lot Orangewood housing subdivision, Queen Creek’s planning and zoning commission was told recently. “Something notable I wanted to point out, homes along the northern and eastern boundaries are going to be restricted to a single-story,” Steven Ester, planner […]