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Northwest Regional Library

16089 North Bullard Avenue

Surprise, AZ 85374


September 20, 2005




Call to Order:


Vice Chairman Randy Nachtigall called the Planning and Zoning Commission Workshop Meeting to order at 5:26 p.m. at the Northwest Regional Library, 16089 North Bullard Avenue, Surprise, Arizona 85374, on Tuesday, September 20, 2005.


Roll Call:


In attendance with Vice Chairman Randy Nachtigall, were Commissioners Jan Blair, Skip Hall, Antonio Segarra, and Lyn Truitt.  Chairman Ken Senft and Commissioner Fred Watts were absent. 


Staff Present:


City Attorney Scott McCoy; Community Development Director LaTonya Finch;

Planning and Zoning Manager Scott Chesney; City Planner Adam Copeland; City Planner Gary Norris; and Planning and Zoning Division Secretary Carol Dager.


Council Members Present:


Councilwoman Gwen Foro was present.





PAD04-423 – Surprise Ranch Planned Area Development


Mike Curley, applicant, provided a general overview of the project, which is a 200-acre parcel west of Grand Avenue subject to numerous developers’ interest.  This project is one and one-half miles from Austin Ranch.  He pointed out that because of previous experiences, the City mandated that developers should solve the infrastructure problems associated with the PAD.  He explained that the developer has addressed all issues and specifically talked about the resolutions for the Fire Department concerns.


In response to Commissioner Truitt, Mr. Curley replied that they are agreeable to the school district general stipulation.


Mr. Curley also explained that the developers will ensure that the wash is developed.


In response to Commissioner Hall, Mr. Curley pointed out that there is a traffic impact study, noting that the access to the site will be 195th Avenue, Deer Valley Drive to Grand Avenue, and Sun Valley Parkway.


Mr. Curley indicated that there are no 404 washes running through the property.   He explained that they will need to channelize the wash and raise the pads, which would remove the area from the floodplain. 


In response to Commissioner Blair, Mr. Curley replied that the buffer zone distance is one and one-half to two miles. 


In response to Commissioner Hall, Mr. Curley explained that there are plans for a recreational area on the eastside of the dam. 



PAD05-175 – Burke Property Planned Area Development


Jeff Blilie, applicant,  briefly discussed the Burke Property PAD, noting that it consists of 150 acres located west of Grand Avenue surrounded on all sides by the Austin Ranch project.  The General Plan land use classification for the property is medium and low density residential, with no commercial projects planned within the project.  There is a large wash running through the property, with a large buffer designed for each side of it. 


Mr. Blilie also noted the existing roads that are already in the area, explaining that there is no access on the south side of the property.  He mentioned that a bridge will be provided over the wash. 


Commissioner Hall asked about putting power lines underground and it was determined that it depends on the size of the existing power lines as to whether they would be buried underground.


Next, there was some discussion regarding the sewer system in the area and Director Finch emphasized that the City is aggressively working on expediting the sewer facilities for this area. 


Vice Chairman Nachtigall questioned the emergency access, which was pointed out to be located between Parcels F and H.










Pursuant to A.R.S. § 38-431.03(A)(3), the Planning and Zoning Commission may go into executive session with the City Attorney for legal advice on any item listed on the agenda.


There was no request made to call for an executive session.




Hearing no further business, Vice Chairman Nachtigall adjourned the Planning and Zoning Commission workshop meeting of Tuesday, September 20, 2005 at 5:50 p.m.





  LaTonya Finch, Director

  Community Development Department




Vice Chairman Randy Nachtigall

Planning and Zoning Commission