Council to decide on rezoning of 23 acres of City-owned land

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The City Council will decide Tuesday whether to rezone these sections of city-owned land as commercial to promote development in the city center as part of its village center concept. [City of Maricopa]

Zoning and land use issues top the agenda for Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

The council will hear public comment and decide on a proposed zoning map amendment and zoning change for about two dozen acres of City-owned land south of City Hall from Transitional to Neighborhood Commercial.

The rezoning includes a half-acre parcel adjacent to the city library, the future site of a Cocina Madrigal restaurant, and a 22.35-acre parcel south of West Bowlin Road, from North White and Parker Road east to North High Lonesome Drive.

In a presentation at Monday’s Planning & Zoning commission meeting, the City outlined plans to market that area for commercial, business and retail uses as part of its village concept. The City also is seeking a zoning change to convert more than 22 acres north of City Hall from Public/Institutional to High Density Residential.

The village concept calls for clusters of residential, commercial, retail and entertainment uses in areas around the city to promote walkability and distribute activity around the city.

The council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers at City Hall.

In other business, the council will hear public comment and vote on requests by Greg Davis of Iplan Consulting, on behalf of Minnesota-based Roers Companies, to amend the general Plan Future Land Use Map on several items related to the proposed 200-unit Roers Apartments planned at the southwest corner of North Porter and Iron Point roads, adjacent to the Santa Rosa Springs community.

A minor general plan land use amendment converting the 10-acre parcel from Public/Institutional to High Density Residential land use will be considered, along with a request to rezone the land from the existing General Business to High Density Residential.

Other agenda items include discussion of an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Arizona Department of Transportation for pavement improvements along Anderson and Peters and Nall roads and support of grant applications to the Ak Chin Indian Community, Be Awesome Youth Coalition (for free youth sports physicals0 and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sun Corridor.