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Council expected to vote on Bashas' rezoning<br>Verde Heights woman asks, 'Why this location?'

Thursday in the Cottonwood Civic Center, 805 N. Main St.

The council heard the proposed ordinance's first reading Nov. 20, with revisions from the council's Nov. 13 public hearing.

The proposed rezoning would change the property from R-1 (single-family residential), R-2 (single- or multi-family residential) and C-1 (light commercial) by reclassifying it to PUD/C (planned unit development, commercial) and PUD/R (planned unit development, residential).

The revisions were made by city staff in an effort to further mitigate effects of the proposed development on its Verde Heights neighbors.

Those changes (in italics) involve three of the 31 stipulations or conditions imposed on the proposal:

Item 11—An 8-foot-high split-faced block wall with landscaping shall be provided along Parcels 1 and 8 that border Apsco Lane as indicated on sheet "SP 1" by Kurt D. Reed Associates, Inc., dated Aug. 14, 2001, and shall be constructed as a part of the initial site grading.

Developer Howard T. Grace, vice president of W.M. Grace Development Co., Phoenix, asked the city if the wording could be further changed to read "and shall be constructed within 120 days of the initial site grading."

"We will get it done as quickly as possible," he said, adding that it takes "about 30 days" to do the initial grading.

Item 24—Prior to the issuance of a building permit on Parcel 1, the developer is required to dedicate up to an additional 25-foot-wide right of way, from North Organ Pipe to the north property line of the Parcel 1 development, along Apsco Lane, and construct a one-half-width street improvement including curb and gutter to Apsco Lane from North Organ Pipe to the north line of Parcel 1, as required by the city engineer. The right of way must include a 100-foot taper to the existing right of way.

Item 28—The westernmost driveway to PAD A, as shown on the preliminary site plan labeled "SP" prepared by Kurt D. Reed Associates, Inc., and dated Aug. 14, 2001, will not be allowed. Further, all driveways shown to (Arizona) 89A, as shown on the Groseta Ranch Master Plan land-use plan by Kurt D. Reed Associates, Inc., dated Oct. 12, 2001, and stamped Nov. 1, 2001, shall not be allowed unless approved by ADOT (Arizona Department of Transportation).

A group of Verde Heights neighbors have voiced opposition to the development as proposed. Assisted by area resident and architect Joseph Smyth, the neighbors offered an alternate plan at previous city Planning and Zoning Commission meetings and hearings. They had hoped to at least see the store location moved 1,300 feet farther back on the 144-acre site.

The 144-acre property is along Arizona 89A, from Verde Heights Drive (across from Black Hills Drive) to approximately one-third mile north of Groseta Ranch Road.

Verde Heights resident Cherie Ryan, also treasurer of Cottonwood Citizens for Public Participation, asked council members Nov. 20, "Why this location on the 144 acres?"

Mayor Ruben Jauregui said council members could answer that question when they vote on the issue.

Also scheduled for a second reading and probable action Thursday is a companion resolution. The resolution would change the property now designated on the city's General Plan as "residential or mixed use" and amend the General Plan to redesignate the land as "commercial, multi-family residential, business park, and open space or trails."

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