City council to vote on final approval for Hogenes Farms

Hogenes Dairy Farms
The first phase of construction at Hogenes Farms will begin along West McDavid Road. Photo by Brian Petersheim Jr.

The Maricopa City Council will vote tonight whether to rezone 489 acres at the southwest corner of State Route 238 and Green Road from Industrial (CI-2) to Planned Area Development. If approved, the move would clear the way for the development of the area, known as Hogenes Farms.

TRS 15, a division of Marbella Homes, is seeking the change in order to move ahead with development of a major residential community on the site that would eventually have about 2,700 homes and be home to 7,000 people. The initial development agreement between the city, Abraham and Barbara Hogenes, and Hogenes Farms was signed in April 2007.

The community was initially to be called Maricopa Meadows II and is bordered by the Union Pacific railroad tracks on the north, McDavid Road on the south, Green Road on the east and the Rachel Road alignment on the west.

The PAD plan calls for a mixed-use, master planned community with medium-density residential zoning of between two and six homes per acre.

Phase I of the project spans 124.5 acres on the property’s south end along McDavid Road. Phase II covers 165 acres on the southwest side of the parcel. As part of its agreement with the city, TRS 15 has agreed to build the city’s second overpass across the Union Pacific tracks to alleviate traffic congestion that would be created with 7,000 new residents in the area.

Rodolfo Lopez, the city’s acting director of development services, previously stated that he expects improvements on Green Road to begin within 24 months and construction of the overpass to take one to two years.

To offset the cost of building the overpass, TRS 15 will pay a fee of $3,500 per home above the standard impact fee charged to developers in the city. Those fees help pay for new city infrastructure as well as the use of city resources like parks, libraries, roads, police and fire services.

The city council meets at 7 p.m. tonight at city hall, 39700 W. Civic Center Plaza, just off White and Parker Road.