Mon, Jan. 20

Cottonwood P&Z approves zoning change for residential subdivision

Members of the Cottonwood Planning and Zoning Commission Monday night voted to recommend approval for a zoning change on a 13.5 acre parcel to allow for the development of Tierra Verde Estates, unit 2, a 58-home residential subdivision.

The acreage, located adjacent to the Cottonwood Airport and about 200 feet north of the Monte Tesoro Drive/Mesquite Drive intersection, is currently zoned AR-43 (agricultural/ residential). The landowners are requesting a change to a planned area development (PAD).

Cottonwood planner George Gehlert said some neighbors of the property attended the P&Z meeting to share their opinions on the project.

"The big concern was the density request," Gehlert said.

At the current zoning, only 13 units would be allowed on the property, according to Gehlert.

According to a staff report, while a PAD would allow for an increase in density, the development would include improvements and extension of Willard Street. A 1.17-acre portion of the property would be deeded to the city of Cottonwood and 2/3 acres within the development would be set aside for the development of a park and open space.

"We're getting three different park sites," Gehlert said.

Cottonwood's planning staff recommended approval of the zoning change request based on the belief that the project conforms to the city's general plan and would help accomplish a number of improvements to the area, which according to a staff report, are viewed as beneficial to the community at large.

The commission members approved the request in a 3-2 vote. The matter is expected to go before the Cottonwood city council for final consideration on July 19.

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