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Groups seek delay on Q.C. council land use vote

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Posted: Tuesday, December 2, 2008 7:17 pm | Updated: 9:49 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Three groups wanting to bring a housing development, a targeted adult community and a mixed-use project to Queen Creek have asked the Town Council to delay the preliminary vote on their projects.

Q.C. council to vote on initial OK of 3 projects

The council is scheduled to vote on three general plan amendments tonight, which would have paved the way for developers to then turn in specific plans for their sites.

But each of the three applicants requested those votes be put off indefinitely until certain issues can be addressed.

Ralph Pew, a land use attorney representing both the adult community project at the northeast corner of Ocotillo and Hawes roads proposed by Taylor Morrison Homes and a housing development at Meridian and Queen Creek roads put forward by Barney Farms, said both groups would like to give the town time to create a new zoning classification. Both projects wants to incorporate up to five homes per acre, but current restrictions allow up to three homes per acre, Pew said.

Also, Taylor Morrison Homes in particular wants to submit a more complete plan for its housing project before the council votes, something that's not currently allowed, Pew said.

"That way we can give assurance, especially to the neighbors in the area of the Taylor Morrison case, that we are truly planning a targeted adult community," Pew said.

Council members had asked town staff to look at ways developers could be tied to specific plans before general plan amendments are voted on, which Town Manager John Kross said may be difficult because state law requires towns to follow specific steps for development projects.

The Victoria Lund Investment Group asked the council to delay a vote on its mixed-useproposal at northwest corner of Ocotillo and Ellsworth Loop roads indefinitely so it could have time to calm concerns of area retailers, said Bill Lund, manager for the investment group.

The project was intended to mix residential, retail space and offices in the town center area.

Lund would like to bring the project back with specific tenants for the retail and office spaces in mind.

"When we come in, we'll come in with specific users so (other retailers) know it's not spec space," Lund said.

Lund said he's not sure about a timeline at this point.

There will still be presentations and time for public comment on the three proposals at tonight's council meeting.

The council could still choose to vote on the amendments, although some council members said that was unlikely with the applicants requesting a delay.

If the council delays each vote, the earliest each case can come back is likely December 2009, according to town staff.

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