AND ZONING COMMISSION
12425 West Bell Road, Suite
Surprise, Arizona 85374
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
Senft called the Regular Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting to order at 7 p.m. at the Surprise City Hall, 12425 West Bell Road, Suite D100, Surprise, Arizona 85374, on Tuesday, May 16, 2006.
In attendance with Chairman Senft
were Vice Chairman Randy Nachtigall and Commissioners Jan Blair, Skip Hall, Antonio
Segarra, Lyn Truitt, and Fred Watts.
Council Members Present: Councilman
Pledge of Allegiance:
Minutes: The minutes of the May 2, 2006 Planning and Zoning Commission
meeting were approved as submitted.
Planning & Community
Development Director Scott Chesney emphasized the complexity and scope of the
Prasada project, thus, the reason it is the only item on the agenda. He stressed
that while this is the first time for the City of Surprise to review a project
of this scope, as the City grows, it is anticipated that future developments
will include similar complexities.
He mentioned that the charge of
the Commission is to evaluate a zoning request and send a recommendation to the
City Council. Besides that recommendation, the City Council will also be
reviewing the project annexation request and a proposed development agreement,
which will address specific terms as to how and when project elements will be built.
The Commission’s role is to evaluate the project as to how it fits the quality
of life for the residents of Surprise and to set the tone for future projects.
Item 1: PAD05-465 – Consideration and Action – Prasada
Planner Janice See presented the
project to the Commission. Staff recommends approval of PAD05-465, Prasada,
subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘f.’
Paul Gilbert, Beus Gilbert,
representing the applicant, provided information about Prasada, noting that it
has been a two-year process to bring the project forward. He pointed out that
his team has conducted seven workshops with the City planners, as well as 11
meetings with the surrounding neighborhoods.
Mr. Gilbert stated that the large
majority of the property is currently in Maricopa County; however, an
annexation petition has been filed. He is also working with the City to draft
a development agreement for consideration by the City Council.
Mr. Gilbert introduced the
development team, indicating that the team consists of extremely talented
individuals with years of experience throughout the valley.
President of Fulton Homes
Jack Razor and
Garrett Newman from Westcor
Ray Pickett of
Ron Hilgart of
Michele Myers of
Mr. Gilbert emphasized that this
project is in full compliance with the General Plan. He briefly mentioned a
number of significant issues that the team faced throughout the process; such
as, water, sewer, drainage and infrastructure. He added that all these issues have
been worked on and are currently under control.
Mr. Gilbert next discussed the
various developments within the project. First was the Prasada Lake Village which is a community centered around lakes and parks (children’s, theme, aquatic and
sports). Unique to this area will be the blended neighborhood concept.
Mr. Gilbert noted the importance
of schools, pointing out that the number of schools requested by the school
district has been provided and will serve beyond the borders of the project. The
school sites are each approximately 17 acres and accommodate approximately
1,100 students per school.
Next, Mr. Gilbert talked about
the Urban Village located on 530 acres on the eastern border which provides a
mixed-use component with a transition into the retail and employment corridor.
It is complimentary to Marley Park which is directly across Reems Road. A
school flanked by two parks is found in the center of the Urban Village, with a residential area transitioning into the regional mall.
Mr. Gilbert suggested that the
heart of the project is the Gateway Village where the focus is to create a
regional shopping mall on 1,225 acres. Economically, this area is important
to the City, potentially bringing substantial sales tax revenue. West of SR303
is a proposed auto mall. He also commented that they are negotiating with a
well-known medical group to provide a hospital on a 45-acre site north of the
auto mall, which will bring other medical office facilities to the area.
Mr. Gilbert next talked about
transportation, noting that a traffic report was prepared by Kimley Horn and
emphasized that they are making the suggested improvements to the roadways
indicated in the report.
In summary, Mr. Gilbert mentioned
the connectivity throughout the project, consistent with the City’s trail plan
and noted that they are in compliance with Luke Air Force requirements.
In response to Commissioner
Truitt, Mr. Gilbert replied that the school district did not require a high
school within this project; however, this development team will be working with
the school district in connection with a high school in the area immediately
south of Peoria Avenue.
Commissioner Truitt commented on
the lakes project and the importance of the reclaimed water process.
In response to Commissioner
Truitt regarding the timing of the project, Mr. Gilbert mentioned that the Lake Village area will start construction in 2007. The power center in the southern
portion of the project will be on the same schedule as the residential piece. He
added that they do not have a construction schedule for the regional mall;
however, the auto mall is projected to begin construction shortly after the
commencement of the residential area. He stressed that the improvements to SR303
are not a prerequisite for the regional or auto mall to begin construction.
Commissioner Truitt emphasized that
they did not want this project to take so long that it polarizes the City for
other retail opportunities. Director Chesney explained that the performance
terms are currently being negotiated through the development agreement.
Commissioner Hall commended the
team on their community outreach efforts.
In response to Commissioner
Segarra, Mr. Gilbert explained that they are looking for a CFD to assist with some
financing. Director Chesney mentioned that the development standards in the
PAD, once adopted, become the City’s standards that guide the design of the
project. He pointed out that new height standards have been designed in this
PAD which is identified in the staff report. A Planning staff member will have
a seat on the Prasada design review committee.
Commissioner Watts complimented
the team on the balance of residential, commercial and employment provided in
In response to Commissioner
Blair, Mr. Gilbert replied that the annexation process can extend for one
year. They have already filed for the annexation and are waiting for City
Council approval and the signing of the paperwork.
Chairman Senft opened the meeting
for public comment.
Scott Phillips, Phoenix resident, voiced his concerns:
– no high school in that particular area
– SR303 last viable place for employment
– dual downtown area for the city
Darcy Douglas, Surprise
resident, voiced her concerns:
Is this the only proposal for the area?
Seems so compacted.
Caution the approval of the land usage.
Tom Tickenoff, Surprise
resident (Northwest Ranch), voiced his concerns:
Buffer zone of 30 feet unacceptable.
Kate Tickenoff, Surprise
resident (Northwest Ranch), voiced her concerns:
Very little said about the development other than the shopping
Not excited about retail across the street from her property.
Presented a signed petition from members of the Northwest Ranch
Request at least a 30’ landscaping buffer.
Consider the portion of property bordering Greenway, Legacy Parc,
and the LDS Church to be a transition from residential to commercial.
Consider some single-family homes to be built in the immediate
Request that the City reevaluate the height in this area and that
the height start with one-story buildings if commercial/employment areas be
included in this property.
Quinn, Surprise resident, voiced his concerns:
Greenway Road already looks like a race track.
Median proposed for Greenway Road would restrict access from
Greenway Road as currently constructed will not handle the
30’ is not much of a buffer zone; some walls would be better.
Erickson, Surprise resident, read a two-page letter voicing his concerns:
Misinformed by his builder about the development west of Sarival Avenue between Waddell Road and Greenway Road when house was purchased.
Widening of Sarival Avenue to a six-lane arterial street.
Traffic report projections are disturbing for Sarival; current
count is 2,593 vehicles; projected count upon completion of Prasada is 42,600
Request consideration of rerouting Sarival to the west between
Waddell and Greenway Roads, similar to the rerouting of Sarival to the east
between Waddell and Cactus Roads.
Request consideration of restricting the proposed professional
commercial use structures in the first section to the west of Sarival, Area 12
on the project location map, to be single-story structures in clusters similar
to the development north of Arrowhead Mall on 79th Avenue.
Truman, Waddell resident, voiced his concerns:
Light pollution and contamination.
Consideration of using shielding on lights to help eliminate
Carlisle, Surprise resident, voiced his concerns:
Ongoing fight with City of Surprise regarding Waddell Road.
Development will have a major impact on lifestyle.
People run stop signs and do not pay attention to traffic signals
or posted speed limits.
Need to concentrate on Bell Road.
Persons, Waddell resident, voiced her concerns:
Peoria will become a four-lane road; currently a dirt road.
Her property goes into the middle of Peoria Avenue.
Impeding her property.
Hearing no further comments from
the public, Chairman Senft closed the public hearing.
Commissioner Hall made a motion
to approve PAD05-465, Prasada, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘f.’
Commissioner Segarra seconded the motion. The motion passed with a vote of 7
Senft called to the public to discuss any issues not noted on the agenda. Hearing
no comments from the public, Chairman Senft closed the public hearing.
Truitt spoke briefly about Victoria Gardens in Southern California; very impressed
with this outdoor mall and all its amenities.
Senft reminded the Commissioners of some upcoming events:
Decision Theatre at ASU on May 23, 2006
Mayor’s Appreciation Dinner on May 31, 2006
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
Hearing no further business, Chairman
Ken Senft adjourned the regular Planning and Zoning Commission meeting,
Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 9:03 p.m.