An “atypical” multi-family residential development received a design review permit.
REV@Porter, property owned by El Dorado Holdings, is at the southeast corner of Porter Road and Bowlin Road. Maricopa Planning & Zoning Commission approved a design review permit and site plan for 20 acres of the property.
The application at Monday’s commission meeting did not include the five-acre commercial property directly on the corner, which is also owned by El Dorado Holdings.
The residential property is planned as a gated rental community. It includes single-family and multi-family housing, all one-story homes. The planned density is 10 units per acre. The project comes in one-, two- and three-bedroom units.
Each building will look like a stand-alone home. The single-family units are detached homes. The multi-family buildings are duplexes or larger. All will be owned and maintained by El Dorado Holdings.
“The REV product is more of a lifestyle,” said Greg Davis of Iplan Consulting. He said people like the appearance of being in a single-family detached neighborhood but “don’t want maintenance responsibility or a yard to take care of.”
He said every unit has a small, private yard. The units are 800 to 1,500 square feet. Developers have planned four parks in the community.
Similar projects have been successful in Phoenix and Queen Creek, he said, particularly among retirees and “singles who like to lock and leave.”
The main traffic access into REV@Porter will be off Porter Road, aligning with Shea Road that loops around the Oasis at the Wells apartment complex under construction behind Walmart. There is a second traffic access off Bowlin Road.
Davis said the color schemes and materials are meant to provide a smooth visual transition from the homes in the nearby Glennwilde subdivision.
Under questioning from Commissioner Jim Irving, city engineer Joshua Plumb said all current conditions of being in a neighborhood with seven schools, a busy commercial area and increased traffic on Bowlin Road due to a recently completed wash crossing were all taken into consideration.
Davis said the project will have garages for rent, including some with charging stations.
He described a community center with a clubhouse and swimming pool with “high-level amenities.” That includes a gym, lounges, kitchen and spa/Jacuzzi.