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Northwest Regional Library

16089 North Bullard Avenue

Surprise, AZ 85374


October 4, 2005




Call to Order:


Chairman Ken Senft called the Planning and Zoning Commission Workshop Meeting to order at 5:03 p.m. at the Northwest Regional Library, 16089 North Bullard Avenue, Surprise, Arizona 85374, on Tuesday, October 4, 2005.


Roll Call:


In attendance with Chairman Ken Senft, were Commissioners Jan Blair, Skip Hall, Antonio Segarra, and Lyn Truitt.  Vice Chairman Randy Nachtigall 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 Janice See; City Planner Gary Norris; and Planning and Zoning Division Secretary Carol Dager.


Council Members Present:








GPA05-089 – Tierra Rico General Plan Amendment


PAD05-056 – Tierra Rico Planned Area Development


Planner Gary Norris presented the project to the Commission. 


Cliff Leatherwood, applicant, was provided a copy of the stipulations. 


Commissioner Truitt noted that he would like to make some general comments that may or may not pertain to the projects discussed today; however, they are of significance.  He expressed his concern about the tremendous cost of infrastructure when developing new areas in the City; specifically how they affect the school districts.  Currently, Dysart and Nadaburg School Districts are receiving $1,000 per home.   He suggested setting up a workshop with school district representatives to discuss some of the issues the districts are facing.  He stressed that when building an excellent community, it is important that an excellent school district also be in place.   He pointed out that the students who attended the elementary school in the Nadaburg School District are attending high schools in the Dysart School District, which creates another burden on Dysart.


Chairman Senft added that often the school districts do not have an adequate budget for building new schools.  He agreed that a workshop with the school districts is a good idea.


Director Finch explained that a workshop with Dysart School District and the Planning and Zoning Commission, as well as the City Council will be scheduled in February, 2006.  She noted that both the school district and city officials realize that the areas of responsibility need to be clarified.  The City often works with the developers to obtain the things the school district needs; yet, the district cannot move forward because they do not have adequate funding from the School Board.  She emphasized that it is important for all parties to meet in order to define their specific roles.


Commissioner Truitt wondered if a stipulation should be developed in the meantime to cover the issues of the school districts. 


Planner Norris commented that the planners always encourage the developer to contact the school district representative to coordinate any issues. 


Mr. Leatherwood explained that there is a letter from the Nadaburg School District regarding this project noting an agreement will be in place before final plat.  He pointed out that there is a state regulation that allows the students from the Nadaburg Elementary School District to attend any high school district in the state. 


City Attorney Scott McCoy emphasized that municipalities do not have the authority to require an agreement between the developer and the school district.  However, the City does encourage the developer’s cooperation.


In response to Commissioner Hall, Mr. Leatherwood talked briefly about the water retention and drainage issues.


Mr. Leatherwood noted that the development will include a minimum of one-half acre lots in the subdivision.  Chairman Senft added that the idea is to have larger lots, with a better product that is higher priced.  He said that he feels that this will be a good contribution to the City.






PAD05-164 – Surprise Commerce Center


 Planner Gary Norris presented the project to the Commission. 


In the absence of the applicant, Director Finch responded to questions from the Commissioners.


In response to Commissioner Hall, Director Finch explained that the Dysart Road improvement is attached to a different project, noting that the civil plans have been submitted.


In response to Commissioner Hall, Director Finch indicated that RDB acts as a management company for this property and will enforce the indoor use activities.


Chairman Senft suggested that perhaps a workshop on impact fees and leapfrog development could be considered for future discussions.


Commissioner Hall asked about a workshop on PADs in general.  Commissioner Truitt agreed with the idea. 




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, Chairman Senft adjourned the Planning and Zoning Commission workshop meeting of Tuesday, October 4, 2005 at 5:46 p.m.





  LaTonya Finch, Director

  Community Development Department




Chairman Ken Senft

Planning and Zoning Commission