Sat, Dec. 07

Mulcaire plan gets county's OK<br>Fir Street lot limited to five parcels

Look for a little earth moving on Fir Street.

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors reversed a split decision of the Planning and Zoning Commission and gave Mike Mulcaire the go-ahead on rezoning his 2.15 acres. Mulcaire wants to develop the land for site-built homes.

The property in question is south of Cottonwood between Paradise Drive and Settler's Circle in Verde Village 8. Representing Mulcaire, Mike Gardner of Casa Verde Consulting said the move was an effort to protect the area from mobile and manufactured homes.

Because property owners representing 20 percent of the neighboring land sent letters in opposition to the project, a unanimous vote by the board was required for approval.

"I need four or five septic systems over there like I need a hole in the head," said Lyman Young, who owns the adjoining property.

The Mulcaire lot has access to all city utilities except the sewer. According to a letter from Cottonwood Community Development Director Jerry Owen, annexation is not a prerequisite for sewer hookup, but the location of properties in that area makes connection unfeasible.

The approved rezoning alters the map from residential single family with a minimum of 35,000 square feet to residential single family with a minimum of 10,000. Under the former zoning, the lot would have been limited to two parcels. The new zoning could allow up to nine parcels, but the supervisors confined Mulcaire to five.

The number of splits on the lot was a sticking point with the planning and zoning commissioners earlier this month. In front of the commissioners, Gardner had insisted on six. In front of the supervisors, he said Mulcaire was agreeable to the stipulation limiting development to five parcels.

"We want to have flexibility in the size and shape of those parcels," Gardner emphasized.

The commissioners were miffed that Gardner did not produce a site plan as requested. The supervisors echoed the same consternation.

"I want to know now what's going to go on that property," said Supervisor Lorna Street.

Gardner said he was reluctant to do that for fear a hypothetical rendering would be submitted to the Real Estate Department as a subdivision.

The state, Mulcaire said, needs to work out a three-tiered system that would allow landowners to develop their land without choosing the cheaper route of lot splitting. Supervisor Chip Davis agreed, saying it is now harder and more expensive to develop rather than split lots.

Elise Link, a planning division manager in the county Development Services Department, said Mulciare's general idea of having site-built homes on the land complements the surrounding properties.

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