CITY OF SURPRISE
AND ZONING COMMISSION WORKSHOP
Northwest Regional Library
North Bullard Avenue
Surprise, AZ 85374
October 4, 2005
Call to Order:
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,
on Tuesday, October 4, 2005.
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.
Zoning Manager Scott Chesney; City
Planner Janice See; City Planner Gary Norris;
and Planning and Zoning Division Secretary Carol
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
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
PAD05-164 – Surprise
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
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
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.
further business, Chairman Senft adjourned the Planning and Zoning Commission
workshop meeting of Tuesday, October 4, 2005 at 5:46 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission