Two new residential communities are being considered for development near Anthem - one on the west side of the I-17, and one on the east side. Both would be considered city of Phoenix communities.
The first, known as "Arise Arroyo Norte" would include 170 single-family rental homes on 15 acres located east of the southeast corner of the I-17 Frontage Road and Arroyo Norte Drive. View the proposal and site plan.
The second, north of the northwest corner of I-17 and Old West Trail, is proposed as a 191-unit multi-family residential community known as "Avilla Vista Norte." View the proposal and site plan.
Members of the Anthem Community Council Board of Directors and Executive Management Team attended the Rio Vista Village Planning Committee meeting in February and the city of Phoenix Planning Hearing in March to voice opposition to these developments, due to their potential impact to Anthem residents.
The three main areas of the ACC's opposition (for both developments) are:
- Traffic: Both development would cause impacts through Anthem; road and traffic signals would need improvements and a traffic study should be conducted.
- Public service: There would be limited access for fire and police to react quickly to emergencies. First responders would have to travel through Anthem to get to their destinations. There also the challenge of having adequate coverage for city of Phoenix Police for these new communities.
- Lack of amenities: Both developments have very few amenities in their plans, limited to a small swimming pool and small areas of grass. There are no exercise facilities, picnic tables, playgrounds, etc.
Both developers hosted virtual community meetings March 31. The Rio Vista Village Planning Committee will hear from both developers again on Tuesday, April 13 at 6 p.m. View the agenda for details on how to register to speak. Both developments are scheduled for the Phoenix Planning Hearing in April.