CITY OF SURPRISE
JOINT PLANNING AND ZONING
AND CITY COUNCIL WORKSHOP
Bell Road, Suite D-100
Surprise, Arizona 85374
May 2, 2006
Call to Order:
The Joint Planning
and Zoning Commission Workshop Meeting began at 6 p.m. in the Surprise City
Hall Classroom, 12425 West Bell Road, Suite D100, Surprise, Arizona 85374, on Tuesday, May 2, 2006.
and Zoning Commissioners Present:
Chairman Ken Senft, Vice Chairman
Randy Nachtigall, and Commissioners Jan Blair, Skip Hall, Lyn Truitt, Antonio
Segarra, and Fred Watts.
Council Members Present:
Mayor Joan Shafer, Vice Mayor Danny Arismendez, and Council
Members Martha Bails, Cliff Elkins, Gwyn Foro, and
Joe Johnson. Council Member Gary “Doc” Sullivan was absent.
Planning and Community Development Director Scott Chesney provided an overview of the Prasada project.
Prasada is a large and complex project in SPA1, consisting
of portions six sections of land located on either side of SR303. The
applicant is requesting annexation and rezoning which will include major
commercial and residential areas. Also anticipated are a development agreement
and a community facilities district proposal.
Director Chesney suggested that Prasada is a model for future
City projects in terms of mixed uses, blended neighborhoods, and
Director Chesney pointed out the various portions of the
Prasada project: Lake Village, Gateway Village and Urban Village. Lake Village is predominately residential with some commercial on the corners; Gateway Village is the retail mall and auto mall; and the Urban Village will consist of an urban
In the Lake Village there is a larger variety of housing
projects than previously seen in Surprise; what will be considered a true
blended neighborhood. He referred to the various school zones showing how they
overlap each other and also noted the buffer zones, fire station sites, and
worship sites. He also talked about parks (children’s, aquatics, sports, and
theme), open spaces and trail systems and how they connect throughout the
In response to Councilwoman Bails, Paul Gilbert,
representing applicant, explained that the school district has indicated that a
high school will be located south of the Prasada project. Director Chesney
added that there has been a concerted effort to focus on the importance of the
elementary and middle schools being located within walking distance within the
Director Chesney discussed the buffers around the project,
specifically noting the extra buffering off of Waddell Road and Cotton Lane.
Director Chesney next talked about the Urban Village with the different categories of zoning and how it transitions into the Gateway Village or retail development. There is an elementary school located in the middle
of the Urban Village with a park at each end of the school property.
He mentioned that the Gateway Village will include the
regional shopping mall and the auto mall.
In response to Commissioner Hall’s question regarding
nonretail employment credit, Director Chesney explained that there is a
proposal of an acreage credit based on the number of employees; however, it is
complicated and all the details have not been worked out.
In response to Mayor Shafer, Former City Attorney Scott
McCoy explained that there have been several agreements drafted with auto mall
participants; however, none have yet been finalized.
Director Chesney touched briefly on the transportation plan
acknowledging Councilman Elkins concerns about the effect of the Prasada
project on streets such as Reems, Waddell, Peoria, and SR303.
Chairman Senft questioned the size of the lots across from Peoria Avenue, wondering if the Prasada lots are recommended to be one acre as well to match
that rural environment. Mr. Gilbert responded that the plan is to provide
a landscaped setback along Peoria Avenue instead of one-acre lots. He added
that the neighbors are supportive of this effort.
In response to Commissioner Blair, Director Chesney noted
that the water in the lakes area is proposed to be provided by the City’s
reclaimed water pending a development agreement. Mr. Gilbert added that the
HOAs will be responsible for the lakes area and will be required to have
In response to Councilwoman Bails, Mr. Gilbert explained that
the developer will be installing the sewer lines and the water will be supplied
by Arizona American.
In response to Commissioner Truitt, Mr. Gilbert suggested
that they will meet or exceed the current design guidelines.
In response to several council members’ questions, Mr.
Gilbert indicated that the employment area is the most challenging portion of
In response to Commissioner Hall, Mr. Gilbert explained that
the project’s timeline is not contingent on the improvements of the SR303 being
There was some discussion about transportation and the
applicant’s ability to provide adequate road systems to accommodate the increased
traffic that will be generated by the project. Included in the discussion was
the concern for busses and bus stops.
Councilwoman Bails voiced her concern about the school
districts’ reluctance to build a high school within the project.
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.
Hearing no further business, the meeting of the Joint City Council
and Planning and Zoning Commission of Tuesday, May 2, 2006 adjourned at 6:50 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission