Rio Vista rejects proposed development

At the Rio Vista Planning Committee meeting held May 14, 2019, the committee voted to deny the request of a developer to rezone 55 acres of land on Anthem's west side from S-1 to R1-6 for 170 residential single-family units. Despite the committee's decision not to support the request, the application now proceeds to the City of Phoenix Planning Commission at its June 6 meeting.

Background
On April 9, 2019, Anthem Community Council (ACC) CEO Neal Shearer and Board President Roger Willis spoke at a Rio Vista Village Planning Committee meeting,  in response to the proposed rezoning case before the committee to ultimately construct a residential development known as "Riverview" (zoning case Z-90-18-1).

Shearer sent an official letter to Village Planner Kaelee Wilson and the committee ahead of the meeting. In verbal comments, he referenced the lack of infrastructure and public safety resources to support the added population density. Willis spoke to infrastructure gaps and raised concerns about where the development impact fees collected from this area to fund Phoenix street improvements, public safety, parks, etc. are being directed. 

Several Anthem residents also attended the meeting and spoke, all of whom were opposed to the rezoning, or requesting improvements or concessions. The developer announced that they will 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. At the meeting, 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.

While the developer has indicated that they would like Anthem to consider annexation of the subdivision, both the ACC and the Parkside HOA are on record that neither intends to annex this development, and both continue to voice opposition unless safety and traffic issues are adequately addressed.

View the Riverview proposed site plan.

Upcoming meetings and filing comments
The City of Phoenix Planning Commission meeting is scheduled for June 6, 6 p.m. at City Council Chambers, 200 West Jefferson, Phoenix, Arizona.
The Phoenix City Council is expected to hear the case on July 3, 10 a.m. at City Council Chambers, 200 West Jefferson, Phoenix, Arizona.

Public comments ahead of these open meetings can be directed to Ms. Wilson via email or by calling 602-262-6949.