After more than two years of planning and negotiations with Chandler and Gilbert officials, Layton Lakes housing and commercial development is under way.
The 833-acre master-planned community is one of the larger parcels available in the south East Valley and represents one of the largest single-homebuilder purchases in the area at $62 million. It is unusual because 459 acres are in Gilbert and 374 acres are in Chandler, which means double the meetings and approvals.
“It’s not common for projects to be developed across community boundaries, but we work with other jurisdictions all of the time,” Gilbert planning director Jerry Swanson said. The project is being developed and built through a joint venture with Engle Homes, and Lennar Home subsidies US Home and Greystone Homes. The ownership is being divided down the middle and was purchased from the Layton family, which has farmed the land for 43 years.
Gilbert and Chandler approved rezoning from agricultural to residential and commercial use.
Over the next five years, the project will be built in four phases and will feature four distinctive themes: Equestrian, soccer, baseball and tennis. The builders are designing the project and are expected to break ground in Gilbert in the beginning of 2004. Features include trails, streams, ramadas, waterfalls, greenbelts and parks. The entrance from the Roosevelt Water Conservation Extension Canal will have a raised road that resembles a bridge with lakes on each side. All of the water in the community will be effluent water, meaning it will be recycled water.
Layton Lakes will offer 2,304 lots with a mixture of single-family home styles and prices and townhouses.
Although Gilbert and Chandler have different design standards, the communities are having joint meetings and working together as much as possible, officials said.