P&Z approves 456 new homes at Murphy & Farrell

This 111-acre site is the proposed home of Elena Trails, a single-family home community to be developed and built by DR Horton. The project, at the southeastern corner of Murphy and Farrell roads, will have 456 homes in its initial phase. It is located directly east of Desert Sunrise High School. [City of Maricopa]

The Planning & Zoning Commission on Monday unanimously approved the preliminary plat for 456 single-family homes at the southeastern corner of Murphy and Farrell roads.

The new community, now known as Elena Trails — formerly Murphy and Farrell — sits just east of Desert Sunrise High School. DR Horton is developer of the 111-acre project, which is just south of the Volkswagen Proving Grounds. The site currently is being used for agriculture.

The community will offer three lot sizes: 96 lots of 40-by-110 feet (4,950 square feet), 295 of 45-by-115 feet (5,175 square feet) and 65 of 50-by-115 feet (5,750 square feet). The community’s density will be 4.1 homes per acre.

Using the U.S. Census Bureau’s figure of 3.3 residents per home, the community would be home to more than 1,500 new residents.

The owner, HBE Farms LLC, will develop the 111 acres as the first of a multi-phase buildout of 325-acres. HBE Farms will develop the remaining 214 acres as a master planned community to adhere to the Murphy and Farrell Planned Area Development and City General Plan Land Use maps as a condition of approval.

Documents submitted to the city show the development will have two access points from North Murphy Road, as well as future connection points to the north and south by collector roads within the community. An all-weather emergency access road will be built during the initial phase connecting Valencia Drive to Murphy Road.

An estimated 28.4 acres of open space is planned. Of that, 5.4 acres is considered useable open space, with the rest being retention basins.


  1. At what point will we address the lack of transportation infrastructure in Maricopa? Glad to build more homes… but I’m pretty sure NO ONE wants to sit in traffic even longer.

    How about P&Z approves projects for more businesses or industries? I’d love not to have to commute into the Valley, but can’t because I don’t work in the fast-food or auto repair industries.