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Sun, Jan. 26

P&Z approves Tierra Verde 2 preliminary plat

After listening to comments from the public Monday night, members of the Cottonwood Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved the preliminary plat for a proposed 58-unit subdivision.

Known as Tierra Verde Estates, unit 2, the subdivision is expected to have open space tracts, parks and trails. The project will also extend Willard Street.

At their last meeting, commission members recommended the approval of a zoning change for the project from agricultural/ residential to a planned area development (PAD).

That zoning change request will go before the city council on Aug. 16 for final consideration.

The commission's most recent recommendation for approval of the preliminary plat is contingent on the council's approval of the zone change. Council will also have the final approval of the preliminary plat.

Tierra Verde Estates unit 2 is located adjacent to the Cottonwood Airport and about 200 feet north of the Monte Tesoro Drive/Mesquite Drive intersection.

The project's proximity to the airport was what concerned some members of the public. Margie Austell is a flight instructor at the airport. She said her fear is that this subdivision will set a precedent and lead to more development too close to the airport.

"My concern is, of course, safety," she said.

Noise was also an issue. One airport manager suggested that the city set up a hotline number to take the noise complaints from future homeowners. One of the conditions of the commission's recommendation did address noise. The new homes will be required to have noise-deterring glass in all the windows.

Before going to council, the project's plans will next go to the city's design review board on July 28.

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