Council approves subdivision of 132 acres at El Rancho Santa Rosa

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The northwestern corner of Farrell Road and the North Smith Road alignment. [Brian Petersheim Jr.]

Housing growth on Maricopa’s southeastern side will continue after City Council’s unanimous approval at its Sept. 6 meeting of a 132-acre subdivision at El Rancho Santa Rosa.

The request for approval of the master plat came from CVL Consultants on behalf of Pulte Homes. The development is at the northwestern corner of Farrell Road and the North Smith Road alignment. Smith Road is about a mile west of Porter Road.

The land is zoned for a master-planned community. Pulte is looking to build 680 homes on the land, with a density of 3.5 dwellings per acre, well within the MPC guidelines of 2-to-6 homes per acre. The land use is for medium-density residential.

There will be three lot sizes: 45 by 115 feet (5,175 square feet), of which there will be 329 lots; 202 lots measuring 50 by 115 feet (5,750 square feet) and 149 lots will measure 55 by 120 feet, or 6,600 square feet.

Using the U.S. Census Bureau’s standard of 3.3 residents per dwelling, the development would bring 2,244 new residents.

Formerly known as Dunn Ranch, the development was amended in December 2021, carving out a 200-acre parcel for development of the El Rancho Santa Rosa community of single-family homes.

Primary access will be from Smith Road. The interior streets within the project will connect to roadways developed as part of the Santa Rosa Springs development, including West Iron Point Road.

The development also will include a “low water” vehicular crossing of the Santa Rosa Wash to provide additional connectivity within the development.

City Council recently approved the subdivision of 132 acres at the northwestern corner of Farrell Road and the North Smith Road alignment. The move paves the way for Pulte Homes to build 329 new homes on the site. [City of Maricopa]