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CITY OF SURPRISE

 

PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION

Northwest Regional Library

16089 North Bullard Avenue

Surprise, AZ 85374

 

November 15, 2005

 

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

 

Call to Order:

 

Vice Chairman Randy Nachtigall called the Regular Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting to order at 6:05 p.m. at the Northwest Regional Library, 16089 North Bullard Avenue, Surprise, Arizona 85374, on Tuesday, November 15, 2005.

 

Roll Call:

 

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

 

Staff Present:

 

City Attorney Scott McCoy; Community Development Director LaTonya Finch;

Planning Manager Scott Chesney; City Planner Janice See, City Planner Adam Copeland; Planning Technician Lance Ferrell; and Planning and Zoning Commission Secretary Carol Dager.

 

Council Members Present:

 

Mayor Joan Shafer

 

Pledge of Allegiance:

 

Approval of Minutes:

 

The minutes of the November 1, 2005 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting were approved as submitted. 

 

Presentations:

 

There were no presentations.

 

                                                              NEW BUSINESS:                                                              

 

·        Item 1:  GPA05-213 – Consideration and Action – DaimlerChrysler Proving Grounds

 

Planning Manager Scott Chesney presented the project to the Commission, explaining that the amendment is a proposal to change the land use of the 5,500-acre parcel from proving grounds to a variety of residential, employment and commercial uses.  It is important to consider that the economic sustainability of Surprise depends on the orderly planning and development of lands outside SPA1.   Staff suggested an increase in the employment density, which was responded to and accommodated by the applicant.  Staff recommended approval of GPA05-213, DaimlerChrysler Proving Grounds.

 

Rich Williams, Director, Water Services, talked briefly about water issues, specifically noting that one of the department’s responsibility is to ensure that water resources are available as the City is developed.  He pointed out that the integrated water master plan (which can be found on the City’s website) includes SPA 1 through 5; however, it is subject to change over time.  In SPA 4, where this particular project is located, there are four small water companies that can provide service to the area.  It is also assumed that the City will have to supply water resources to this area as well.   

 

In response to Commissioner Truitt, Mr. Williams replied that the first source of water is ground water.  The next viable significant water is the CAP water, where the City currently owns approximately 7,400-acre feet of water, which can and will be used in the future.  There will be several service treatment plants located near the canal, where the water will be treated for drinking water.  He stressed that the department is very conscientious of how valuable water is to residents in the desert.

 

In response to Commissioners Hall and Blair, Mr. Williams explained a graph that showed the water distribution master plan, explaining that there may be several water providers throughout the City.  He mentioned that the funding for the water sources is paid through development impact fees. 

 

Mr. Chesney added that the Planning Division plans to integrate the master water plan into the General Plan 2020 update. 

 

Transportation Senior Planner Randall Overmyer provided a brief overview of the transportation access issues for the DaimlerChrysler project, identifying each of the major corridors that will be accommodating the traffic flow from this area. 

 

In response to Commissioner Hall, Mr. Overmyer explained that the Dove Valley Alignment has not been designed yet; however, the intent is to bypass Wittmann’s residential areas.  

 

In response to Commissioner Watts, Mr. Overmyer replied that a traffic impact analysis study has not been conducted for this particular property. 

 

Colonel (Retired) James Mitchell, representing Luke Air Force Base, commented that DaimlerChrysler has been very sensitive to the operational requirements of the Auxiliary Field.  He mentioned that a letter of support will be sent to the City when the final numbers are received from DaimlerChrysler.  He stated that they are comfortable with the current plan for this property and that the proposed amendment is consistent with the GDC.

 

In response to Commissioner Watts, Mr. Chesney explained that the overall residential density will be less that 6 units per acre. 

 

Commissioner Truitt stressed that that the Commission’s job is not business as usual; they are raising the bar and there will be higher expectations to be meet in the future.  Specifically, when applicants are developing in the outlying areas, they need to be part of the transportation solution, as well as for the infrastructure concerns.  Land donations for the school systems, fire and police will also be requested of the developers.

 

Mr. Chesney emphasized that this project will redefine the City of Surprise.  The Planning Division also intends to raise the bar, forming partnerships with the developers.  Currently, a partnership has been developed with the school districts and public service needs have been discussed with the police and fire chiefs. 

 

Mike Phalen, Fennemore Craig, representing DaimlerChrysler, mentioned that this amendment will allow for master planning of the property and thanked the Commission for hearing the project.

 

Vice Chairman Nachtigall opened the meeting to receive public comment.  

 

Elizabeth Oldham, Wittmann resident, voiced her concern about the following:

u         Impact of traffic from this new development.

u         Historical preservation of the cemetery in the area.

u         Herd of burros in the area.

u         Developers contributing to school sites.

u         Safety of residents – police protection.

 

Mayor Joan Shafer spoke briefly to the Commission, suggesting that if the City of Surprise does not approve the project, the developers will take the project to the County.  She also pointed out that it is important to protect Luke Air Force Base. 

 

Paula Forster, Surprise resident, voiced her concerned about only 10% of the property being used for employment. 

 

Daisy Anderson, voiced her concern about the following:

u         Waving flood insurance for this area.

u         Two-lane streets becoming six lanes.

 

City Attorney Scott McCoy suggested that many of the questions are premature for purposes of a General Plan amendment and should be addressed at the time a development proposal is submitted.

 

Hearing no further comments from the public, Vice Chairman Nachtigall closed the public hearing.

 

Commissioner Truitt made a motion to approve GPA05-213, DaimlerChrysler Proving Grounds, as presented by staff.  Commissioner Hall seconded the motion.  The motion passed with a vote of 5 ayes and 2 absent.

 

 

 

 

 

·        Item 2:  GPA05-276 – Consideration and Action – Rancho Mercado

 

Planning Manager Scott Chesney presented the project to the Commission, explaining this is a city-initiated amendment primarily to affect a change in the municipal planning area boundary.  Staff recommended approval of GPA05-276, Rancho Mercado.

 

Vice Chairman Nachtigall opened the meeting to receive public comment.  

 

Paula Forster, Surprise resident, voiced her concern about not having adequate open space available for wildlife. 

 

Jeff Blilie, representing Rancho Mercado, stated that one of the goals of this amendment was to create an additional employment area and correct the open space area.  He also noted a correction on the map.

 

Hearing no further comments from the public, Vice Chairman Nachtigall closed the public hearing.

 

Commissioner Blair made a motion to approve GPA05-276, Rancho Mercado, with the map amendment.  Commissioner Hall seconded the motion.  The motion passed with a vote of 4 ayes, 2 absent and Vice Chairman Nachtigall abstained.

 

·        Item 3:  GPA05-277 – Consideration and Action – Transportation Circulation Element

 

Transportation Senior Planner Randall Overmyer presented the project to the Commission.  This GPA is a city-initiated amendment addressing the upsizing of arterial roadways to provide additional capacity in the transportation system and maximize future levels of service.  It also addresses regional transportation facilities and positions Surprise in the regional transportation network.  He explained that staff considered the public statements mentioned at the November 8, 2005 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting and updated the amendment to show Waddell Road with no changes from the adopted General Plan 2020.  Staff recommended approval of   GPA05-277, Transportation Circulation Element.

 

In response to Commissioner Hall, Mr. Overmyer indicated that this amendment was developed in cooperation with the City’s Traffic Engineers, Maricopa Association of Governments, Maricopa County Department of Transportation, Arizona Department of Transportation, and the City of Peoria. 

 

Vice Chairman Nachtigall opened the meeting to receive public comment.  

 

The following residents voiced their concerns regarding GPA05-277:

 

Lynette Rogel, Surprise resident:

u         Update of the Waddell Road situation is not acceptable.

u         Dangerous proposition of widening Waddell Road.

u         Letters of concern from Waddell Hacienda residents.

u         Stray livestock.

u         Shortcuts to Sierra Montana.

u         Recommendation of three alternative propositions.

 

Paula Forster, Surprise resident:

u         Doesn’t understand why Planning and Zoning is surprised by growth since they approved the projects.

u         Roads should be built first before planning any additional communities. 

 

Darla Piergast, Surprise resident:

u         Does not want to see any more changes.  

u         Waddell Road should remain a dead-end street.

 

John Busey, Engineer:

u         Extension along Jack Rabbit Road.

u         Gap in traffic flow to SR74.

u         84,000 vehicles a day on SR 303.

 

Amos Edens:

u         Widening of Waddell Road to six lanes.

u         Bridge across the ravine.

 

Tom McAllen:

u         Move Waddell Road.

u         Funding changes to Waddell Road.

u         Properties do not allow for widening Waddell Road.

u         Safety regarding speeding vehicles.

u         Request that the City review their petition.

 

Clint Gollash, Waddell Hacienda resident:

u         Proposed mall and auto mall.

u         Do not want this near my community.

u         Homes will be affected by the roads that will be built.

u         More increased dangers with the addition of roads.

 

Nicole Ritter:

u         Lighting issue – night skies disappearing.

u         Safety issues.

u         Preserve the country lifestyle.

u         Left-hand turn out of property onto Waddell.

u         Do not want the traffic.

 

Paul Delaware:

u         Wants Waddell to stay a dead-end street.

 

Carol Edens, Waddell Hacienda:

u         Appreciate if City would consider other options regarding Waddell Road.

 

Kathy Ferris:

u         Lives are in jeopardy.

u         Four lanes unacceptable.

u         Off ramp from SR303 to Waddell Road unacceptable.

u         Waddell Road needs to be dead-end street.

u         Lawsuits will be costly to the City.

 

Mr. Chesney mentioned that it is important to remember that there are no proposed changes to Waddell Road as it appears in the General Plan 2020.  Director Finch and Commissioner Truitt assured the residents that their concerns will be addressed.

 

Hearing no further comments from the public, Vice Chairman Nachtigall closed the public hearing.

 

Commissioner Watts made a motion to approve GPA05-277, Transportation Circulation Element, as presented by staff.  Commissioner Truitt seconded the motion.  The motion passed with a vote of 4 ayes, 1 no, and 2 absent.

 

·        Item 4:  RZ05-394 – Consideration and Action – Bell RV Rezone

 

Planner Adam Copeland presented the project to the Commission.  Staff recommended approval of RZ05-394, Bell RV Rezone, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘c.’

 

Vice Chairman Nachtigall opened the meeting to receive public comment.   Hearing no comments from the public, Vice Chairman Nachtigall closed the public hearing.

 

Commissioner Hall made a motion to approve RZ05-394, Bell RV Rezone, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘c.’  Commissioner Blair seconded the motion.  The motion passed with a vote of 5 ayes and 2 absent.

 

·        Item 5:  SP05-312 – Consideration and Action – Heritage Club at Marley Park

 

Senior Planner Janice See presented the project to the Commission.  Staff recommended approval of SP05-312, Heritage Club at Marley Park, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘m.’

 

Vice Chairman Nachtigall opened the meeting to receive public comment.   Hearing no comments from the public, Vice Chairman Nachtigall closed the public hearing.

 

Commissioner Blair made a motion to approve SP05-312, Heritage Club at Marley Park, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘m’.  Commissioner Truitt seconded the motion.  The motion passed with a vote of 5 ayes and 2 absent.

 

                                                      OPEN CALL TO PUBLIC:                                                     

 

Vice Chairman Nachtigall called to the public to discuss any issues not noted on the agenda.  There was no one in the audience that approached the Commission with any issue for discussion.

 

                                                  CURRENT EVENTS REPORT:                                                

 

Vice Chairman Nachtigall asked if there were any special items the Commissioners would like to discuss.

 

Director Finch mentioned that a tentative workshop agenda has been prepared by

Mr. Chesney and will be emailed to Commissioners shortly.

 

             CONSIDERATION AND ACTION TO HOLD AN EXECUTIVE SESSION:            

 

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.

 

                                                              ADJOURNMENT:                                                            

 

Hearing no further business, Vice Chairman Randy Nachtigall adjourned the regular Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, Tuesday, November 15, 2005 at 9:07 p.m.

 

 

__________________________

  LaTonya Finch, Director

  Community Development Department

 

 

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Vice Chairman Randy Nachtigall

Planning and Zoning Commission