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1/8/2014 10:18:00 AM
Two proposed residential projects topic of joint council, P&Z meeting
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Briana Lonas

A presentation-only joint meeting between the Prescott Valley Town Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission revealed agenda items that could add to the town's population base.

The proposed Glassford Heights subdivision already went before the council during a public hearing last month, whereby the council approved moving forward with the project.

The 1,245-acre master planned community will feature a maximum of 3,587 residential units, providing an overall density of up to 2.88 dwelling units per acre. According to the draft application submitted by Arizona Eco Development, the project also will provide two neighborhood parks, eight mini parks, and multi-use trails. The proposed project could increase the town's population by 9,000 residences.

During a field visit to the future site, attending members of the council and commission had a chance to view the project boundaries. While cattle grazed at the base of Glassford Hill, within the Agua Fria headwaters, AED principal Jason Gisi pointed out that the proposed project would include the Santa Fe Loop from the east through the Granville subdivision. StoneRidge Drive would later connect the site to both Highway 89A from the north and Highway 69 from the south. A connection to Dells Ranch to the west through the Granite Dells Estates property would see completion in the future as well as a future collector road from the east through Granville north of the Iron King Trail.

After the field visit, the council and commission gathered for its joint meeting. Council member Michael Whiting asked for clarification on how water would be provided to the proposed subdivision. Gisi stated that he has not yet purchased any water and is not required to, "until we get to the final plat and we're looking to secure a certificate of assured water supply from the ADWR."

The project draft application states that the subdivision is within the Summit pressure zone and has an existing one-million-gallon reservoir. An additional 2.0 million-gallon reservoir could be built in the future.

Gisi explained that the annexation, rezoning and entitlement process for the property would take place during the first quarter of this year and by this summer, the engineering phase would begin. "We could be moving dirt in 2015," Gisi said.

Also up for discussion was a request to amend a portion of the town's General Plan, changing a commercial piece of property to residential.

Professional Equity Management CEO Bob Venberg explained that the 9.44-acre luxury, Brownstone-type complex would sit south of Florentine Road, between Main Street and Lake Valley Road, behind the Albertsons grocery store. The proposed 252-unit apartment site would offer its residents the ability to visit their destinations such as restaurants, stores and entertainment without driving a car.

Planning and Zoning Chairman Rick Duskey raised an issue about the future zoning map change.

"The first thing we are addressing is the change to the 2025 (General) plan, having worked on that for more than a year. This area was designed to be commercial for a reason. Now, we're changing our mind." He said the businesses within the Entertainment Distict provide revenue to the town and the loss of nine commercial acres could hamper the revenue potential for the area.

Council member Lora Lee Nye said, "we have a pent up need for just such a development in the area...the evidence is our waiting list," she said referencing the 250 residents currently waiting for subsidized rental housing within the Windsong apartment complex. Community Development Director Richard Parker added that the Glassford Hill Terraces are at 98 percent capacity and a need exists for more rental housing due to many residents losing their homes during the recession.

Council member Marty Grossman expressed his concerns about traffic noise from the adjacent high-volume roadways. Venberg said the units would be well insulated to include soundproof windows. Grossman said it's an impressive plan but parking is always a consideration. Venberg explained that every multi family unit would have an assigned parking space and residual parking spaces would be available for visitors.

The final discussion point was a consideration to designate a one-square-mile Entertainment District, which exempts liquor establishments from having to comply with the distance requirements of 300 horizontal feet between the establishment and a church or school building, according to a staff report. The boundaries of the proposed Entertainment District will go before the Planning and Zoning Commission at a later date.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Article comment by: curious citizen

Oh my,
more building....
I have one question for you all...
just sayn....

Posted: Friday, January 10, 2014
Article comment by: Confused in Prescott

Why is this article not seen in the Daily Courier edition? Seems that the majority of PV news gets to the DC, but not this.

Hmmm. Makes one wonder.

Posted: Friday, January 10, 2014
Article comment by: RICK ALLEN

I do not think they should allow these so called Luxury Apartments to go up. The term Luxury is used way to often to get people to think that Apartments are going to be something special. I have not seen that yet in Prescott Valley, and this will be no different. What will happen is this, it will bring more crime to the Entertainment District, and surrounding area. Lets look at the crime inside the Apartments at Windsong and Lakeshore Dr. This would be carried over to the Entertainment District. It is bad enough already. These so called Luxury Apartments will only turn into low rent housing units just like the ones on Windsong and Lakeshore. Keep our downtown area clear of this type of building, keep it commercial only. Lets make those that would bring crime to the Entertainment district have to drive there, Lets not make it easy on them.

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