The City Council unanimously granted the developer of a 489-acre parcel on the former site of the Hogenes Dairy Farm a change in zoning from Industrial (CI-2) to Planned Area Development, clearing its latest hurdle toward completion.
The project, at the southwest corner of State Route 238 and Green Road, will be known as Hogenes Farms. It still has to have site plans, elevations, landscape plans and other element approved by both the Planning & Zoning Commission and city council before construction can begin.
Marbella Homes will develop the parcel under its’ TRS 15 division, sought the change in order to move ahead with development of the massive residential community that would eventually have about 2,700 single-family homes and about 7,000 residents.
The community, initially marketed as Maricopa Meadows II, 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 by the area’s burgeoning population.
The city is in the initial planning stages of the overpass and a budget for the project was not available. By way of comparison, the city’s bridge over the tracks on John Wayne Parkway cost $55 million and the state has allocated $35 million for the overpass at Riggs Road and State Route 347. City manager Rick Horst has said those costs will be paid by developer impact fees.