Planning & Zoning: April 2014

first_imgCity of ScottsdaleThe City of Scottsdale is preparing a zoning ordinance text amendment and has invited the community for review and comments. Amendments to the text are proposed to update definitions and regulatory language related to terms used to describe a responsible party such as property owner, applicant and other related terms. General cleanup revisions are also proposed to correct section references, eliminate duplication of requirements and improve the overall consistency of the ordinance. The ultimate objectives of this proposal are to add consistency, improve the usefulness of the ordinance and to provide clarity in the language of the ordinance. One meeting, with the public invited, has already occurred in January but others are to be scheduled.Town of Gilbert As demand for multi-family housing continues to increase within the Town of Gilbert, town leaders are proposing to tighten restrictions for developers that are considering building apartment complexes in commercially zoned areas. These new restrictions would add a number of conditions that a potential apartment developer would have to meet to get an apartment complex approved in regional commercial zoning. Those conditions would include a requirement to provide a mixture of land uses, such as office or retail commercial, on the proposed apartment parcel or on an adjacent parcel; a requirement that the project be compact or dense by sharing parking with adjacent development; a requirement for pedestrian-orientation or to have pedestrian accessibility, convenience and attractiveness; a requirement to address local transit system connections with facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists and automobile drivers; and a requirement to incorporate attractive public spaces that might include public art and serve as public gathering places. The objective of these newly proposed regulations is to give the town council and the planning commission more flexibility in reviewing any proposed apartment complexes and allowing them the option of rejecting proposed plans if they don’t meet specific new requirements. The proposed new regulations went before the planning commission in January, and members were generally favorable to the new standards but suggested a need for some revisions. The commission will review the standards in a study session and eventually vote on a recommendation, after which the proposal will go to town council for approval or rejection.City of Maricopa Recently, the Maricopa City Council approved the annexation of approximately 850 acres of land owned by a partnership known as Anderson Russell LLC. The property is located south of the Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway and straddles both sides of Anderson Road while extending southward to the Teel Road alignment. This annexation is significant in that it now allows the city the capability to expand to the south by annexation. City officials are already contemplating the annexation of additional properties adjacent to the Anderson Russell property. A general plan amendment has also been approved, changing the property to a master-planned community. Although a portion of the newly annexed property was within the City of Casa Grande’s planning area, an agreement exists between the two municipalities that allow that private landowners within unincorporated areas of the county to be able to choose which city they wish to be annexed regardless of which city’s planning area they are located in.City of PeoriaThe City of Peoria has recently announced the initiation of a self-certification pilot program. Qualified applicants to the program must be active Arizona licensed design professionals who have attended the self-certification training offered by the City of Phoenix (phoenix.gov/pdd/topics/scp.html), and have successfully obtained a Building Plans Examiner Certificate from the International Code Council. Through this program, eligible building permits can be issued in as little as three business days. This self-certification program allows qualified professionals to quickly bypass the plan review and examination process by self-certifying a projects compliance with building codes, standards and ordinances. However, the pilot program does not include zoning clearances, parking, signs, fire, environmental services, landscaping, grading, industrial/utilities, floodplain or other land development codes. The program was initiated this past January. To learn more of the program’s details, visit peoriaaz.gov/selfcert. City of Buckeye As reported in the September/October 2013 edition of AZRE, the “Town” of Buckeye is officially now the “City” of Buckeye. In January, the transition was celebrated by more than 200 citizens and city officials as the “CITY” portion of the new City Hall sign was unveiled in downtown Buckeye. The city’s Mayor Jackie Meck thanked the generations of the community, as well as previous town officials whose work would be continued by future city leaders. Meck stated that the city was no longer in the shadows and in fact was working to create shadows of its own. The P&Z column is compiled by Dave Coble and George Cannataro with Coe & Van Loo Consultants, cvlci.comlast_img read more

Civic center construction hits snags

first_imgShown is the site of the future Port Isabel events center, where construction has been delayed. (Staff photo by Ray Quiroga)By FRANCISCO E. JIMENEZSpecial to the PRESSReports have surfaced regarding problems with the construction of the new Port Isabel events center.Those reports were confirmed on Thursday when City Manager Edward P. Meza said that the construction is facing several utility issues, but he also said that those issues would not delay construction or cost the taxpayers any more money.“There have been some unforeseen items that have delayed the project,” said Meza. “According to our contractors it’s still on schedule. We had utilities that were going through the property on one side that delayed it. We had trees that we had to move… things like that. Hopefully after all that they are going to lay the foundation at the end of this month. It should be after that that we will begin building the walls and the roof.”Colair Inc. began construction on the project in October 2012. It was also at that time that fiber optic wires from Time Warner and ADP surrounding establishments were discovered as digging had commenced on the property.Mayor Joe Vega expressed concern over the project, saying that many people have approached him to ask about the construction’s progress.“I have been concerned,” Vega said, adding that he requested for the contractor to update them on the delay. “People have asked my why the event center has been going at a slow pace and that it looks like nothing is really moving. That’s why I brought them in to see where we were at with the schedule.”Vega then cited the same “unforeseen issues” cited by the city manager when addressing the need to reschedule. “I know they had to redo the schedule again because of some unforeseen situations that came up,” Vega said.Meza also dismissed initial allegations that the construction company had dug pillars too deep, ceasing construction until the problem was resolved. “Everything has been based on the requirements from the state with the building and the soil type that we have here,” Meza said. “They have dug at the correct depth that they were required to do.”Attempts to reach Ruben Sanchez, the contractor with Colair Inc., for comment were not successful as of presstime. Share RelatedPort Isabel sued in contractor disputeBy ESTEVAN MEDRANO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] January 29, 2015 Colair Inc., a general contractor based in Mission, is suing the City of Port Isabel over disagreements regarding the numerous problems resulting from the delayed construction of the PI Cultural & Event Center. However, according to City Attorney Robert Collins,…January 30, 2015In “News”Event Center director resignsBy ESTEVAN MEDRANO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Mari Galvan, Port Isabel Event and Cultural Center Director since the center’s inception last year, officially resigned last week citing personal reasons. City Manager Ed Meza spoke about the major role she played in the facility’s maturation since its construction. “She contributed a…March 8, 2015In “News”YACHT CLUB AUDITForensic audit delivers scathing report of restoration project’s finances, planning   Editor’s Note: To jump to Part 2 of this story, available exclusively online, click here. By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] The Port Isabel City Commission heard a lengthy report about the Yacht Club project during its regular…March 30, 2018In “News”last_img read more