New member swearing-in, development on Council agenda

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Eric Goettl, far left, will be sworn in as the newest Maricopa City Councilmember Tuesday. The council also will consider two development issues and other items at the 6 p.m. meeting. [Brian Petersheim, Jr.]

Maricopa will have a full City Council again when its newest member, Eric Goettl, is sworn in at Tuesday’s meeting.

Goettl was selected by council members Tuesday from among 19 applicants. The opening was created when Nancy Smith was chosen mayor by the Council after Christian Price resigned. Goettl will fill the balance of Smith’s term, which runs through December 2024.

The Council also will vote on rezoning 28.3 acres at the southeastern corner of John Wayne Parkway and West Bowlin Road. The zoning change would convert the land from general mixed use and transitional zoning to a planned area development.

The land will be home to the city’s second hospital, which also will include medical office space, apartments, condominiums, hotel, sports academy and other elements being developed by S3 BioTech.

Also on the agenda is the city’s purchase of 2.5 acres owned by the South Maricopa Fire Association. The parcel, south of West Papago Road and east of North John Wayne Parkway, is being purchased for $137,500.

The city recently voted to begin the pre-annexation process for 5,700 acres south and west of the city which includes the parcel being purchased. Much of the land in pre-annexation currently is served by the SMFA but would get service from the Maricopa Fire & Medical Department if annexed.