Planning and Zoning meeting scheduled to review new subdivision
The Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing on Feb. 20 at 4:30 p.m. in the Men's Lounge to review a request for a preliminary plat for a new subdivision located at the corner of 89A and Clarkdale Parkway.
Question: Is this development already approved?
Answer: No. The application must go through a legally mandated process. The first step in that process is action on the preliminary plat. Planning and Zoning can recommend approval of the preliminary plat, approve it with changes, deny it, or send it back to staff for additional work. Once action is taken, the application proceeds to the Council for further review and approval, approval with conditions, denial, or send it back to staff for additional work. If the preliminary plat is approved there are several additional steps, including Design Review Board review and another public hearing on the final plat.
Question: Why is there a development agreement under discussion?
Answer: The Town of Clarkdale does not have impact fees. To ensure the developer contributes their proportionate share of needed infrastructure, a development agreement is discussed early in the process so that adequate time is allowed to negotiate the terms of the agreement. Arizona Revised Statutes allows the Town to enter into a development agreement; this is standard practice for projects like this.
Question: Does the Council support this project?
Answer: The truth is, we won’t know until the project is presented to the Town Council. The first step is to present the proposed development to the Planning and Zoning Commission. After they take action, it will be presented to Council. This process allows for a robust amount of community input and thorough review by the public, staff, and the appropriate Commissions.