On June 29th, the property owners within 500 feet as well as all registered neighborhoods and HOAs within a half mile of the Allred Brother’s property received a notice at the request of the Mesa Planning Division. This notice was to inform the property owners around the proposed project of the request to rezone the approximate 26.7 acres from its current zoning of AG (Agriculture) to the RSL 4.5 zoning. The proposed development consists of single family homes with over 5 acres of open space throughout the community. The rezoning was originally scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on July 19, 2017 at the Mesa City Council Chambers. This was rescheduled for Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. in another notice received by the property owners on July 31, 2017.
During the Mesa City Council meeting, the lawyer representing KB Home spoke to the Mesa City Council and addressed some of the changes made to the original site development plans. These changes were made to address some of the concerns of the homeowners who attended the meeting on March 23, 2017. The properties on north property line were made deeper so that any two story homes would have 48 feet minimum to 53 feet maximum distance from the patio to the north fence. This change was to address the concern of privacy for the homes north of the new development. They also added more green space (retention area) to allow for the additional rainwater runoff. They were also going to address the access to the development from the canal on the westside of the project. The lawyer also addressed both entrances/exits to the subdivision, the entrance/exit on Southern Ave allowed 100 feet from the end of the median at the canal, the other entrance/exit off Los Alamos was made wider. All the changes made to the subdivision reduced the number of properties to a total of 108 homes for sale in the new subdivision.
There were 4 homeowners who requested to speak to the Mesa City Council to voice their concerns. Two homeowners were concerned with the additional traffic from the new subdivision and from Countryside Park along Los Alamos and the possibility of needing a traffic light at Los Alamos and Southern Ave. They also requested a reduction of the number of homes built in the subdivision. The 2 story homes were still a concern and with the new home properties widths smaller than the homes to the north, the homeowners to the north could have 2 to 3 properties backed up to their properties. One of the homeowners was concerned with the entrance/exit on Southern Ave because the 100 feet from the end of the median at the canal may not be enough space to allow someone entering the subdivision to slow down. The final concern was regarding the runoff from future rains and if the developer had addressed this to prevent flooding of the neighborhood to the north.
After all had a chance to speak to the Mesa City Council, the Council put the rezoning to a vote. There was a unanimous vote to approve the zoning with conditions.
The Ehrke Team will post additional updates as this project continues forward.