Developers took another small step to seeing the future Kelly Ranch residential community come to life. Maricopa Planning & Zoning Commission unanimously approved rezoning approximately 100 acres of land for planned area development in Kelly Ranch at its May 22 meeting.

The area, on the southeastern corner of Porter Road and Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway, will feature a mixture of medium-density and multiple-unit residential zoning.

This flexible zoning designation will allow developers to build approximately 337 dwelling units, all surrounding the existing Kelly family ranch. This will comprise of 240 single-family homes and 96 bungalow-style rental units.

The development around the ranch is expected to occur in three phases. The rental community will be constructed first, followed by two phases of single-family homes. Amenities may include a dog park or sports field and multiple small parks, as well as private amenities for the rental community.

This conceptual site plan of Kelly Ranch shows the existing family ranch surrounded by proposed development phases, total units and existing buildings. Image courtesy of City of Maricopa.

During the meeting, several commissioners asked for details about a construction timeline. However, developers said that part of the process is still years away.

“We’re just getting the site ready,” said Monson Cowley, a property and project manager for developer Cowley Companies. “Even if a builder came to us tomorrow, they’re probably at least 12 months away from anything new happening.”

Previously, K. Hovnanian Homes was slated to purchase the property for building homes.

The next step, according to Cowley, is for City Council to review and approve the zoning change.