Planning Commission approves development

At the Phoenix Planning Commission meeting on June 6, 2019, the Commission voted unanimously (6-0) to approve a rezoning request to allow a 170 single-family residential development ("Riverview") on the west side of I-17 near Circle Mountain Ranch. There were two added stipulations as part of the vote: 1) the project shall not exceed 170 homes; and 2) the lift station must be located at least 160-feet from the south property line.

Anthem Community Council (ACC) Community Executive Officer Neal Shearer, ACC Board members, and several residents spoke at the meeting in opposition to the rezoning as proposed. While the developer has indicated that they would like Anthem to consider annexation of the subdivision, both the ACC and the Parkside Homeowners' Association are on record that neither intends to annex this development.

The rezoning request will now proceed to the Phoenix City Council at its July 3, 10 a.m. meeting.


Background
At an information-only Rio Vista Planning Committee meeting held April 9, 2019, Shearer and the ACC's Board president at the time, Roger Willis, addressed the committee with concerns about the proposed rezonzing.  At that meeting, the developer agreed to work with the city of Phoenix to fund a dual left turn lane and light signal at Anthem Way for southbound traffic on 43rd Avenue. They also verbally committed to single-story homes on the southern end of the development, adjacent to Anthem homes, to alleviate line-of-sight concerns. 

Then, at the Rio Vista Planning Committee meeting held May 14, 2019, Shearer, several Anthem residents, and others spoke in opposition of the request, citing lack of infrastructure and public safety resources to support the added population density. Willis also questioned the committee about where development impact fees collected from this area to fund Phoenix street improvements, public safety, parks, etc. are being directed. 

The advisory committee voted to deny the request of the developer to rezone the area. Despite the committee's decision, the application proceeded to the city of Phoenix Planning Commission meeting.

Upcoming meeting
(updated June 26, 2019): The Phoenix City Council is expected to hear the case on September 4 at City Council Chambers, 200 West Jefferson, Phoenix, Arizona. In a letter to property owners within 600 feet of the proposed development, the developer stated that they have requested a continuance from the scheduled July 3 meeting until after the Council's summer recess, to "work on some outstanding matters."