CV council to annex Del Rio; will grow town by 30%

Chino Valley – It may have been the shortest meeting in Town Council history, but action taken at a special Monday meeting may have the greatest impact on the town since its incorporation 30 years ago.

In less than three minutes, council members unanimously adopted Ordinance No. 421 to annex 3,500 acres in the Del Rio Ranch area. The annexation will increase the property within town limits by more than 30 percent.

Chino Valley Mayor Dan Main and Vice Mayor Russ St. Pierre abstained from voting because of a possible conflict of interest.

A proposed 3,000-acre development on the land just north of Chino Valley could double the town's current population of 8,000 residents.

The city called a special meeting to expedite the annexation. The process began in July when most of the landowners in the area came to the town and asked to be annexed. They filed papers on July 20 with the county recorder, and the annexation process began. A public hearing took place on Aug. 11. Landowners began signing petitions on Aug. 21, and 57 percent of the area's landowners signed as favoring annexation. Those signatures also represent about 61 percent of the land value.

Annexation requires approval from more than 50 percent of the property owners in the proposed area who own more than 50 percent of the total value of the property. James Bond of Phoenix owns the majority of the acreage.

Today the city will file the adopted ordinance and signed petitions with the county recorder, and the town limits will increase on Oct. 5 to include the annexed area.

The development corporation, The Bond Ranch at Del Rio Springs, LLC, will sponsor a public meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, at Heritage Middle School to present plans for the master planned community.

The school is on Road l West just south of the town hall complex.

Bill Allen, of Allen, Stephens and Associates, a Phoenix environmental and project management firm, is serving as the property owners' representative.

At the Sept. 19 meeting, he said, people in the community will see what the project proposal is. There will be maps, charts, photographs and diagrams, and he is looking for specific comments about development plans.

Explaining development plans last month, Allen said the company is doing a complete archaeological survey and a Class C ground survey of all recognized Indian village and dwelling sites. The firm hopes to restore the riparian habitat and have Del Rio Springs flowing again in many areas of the property.

It will build wastewater treatment plants and share that capacity with certain areas of Chino Valley.

The development firm plans to build apartments and 3,000 to 4,000 homes on the 3,000 acres over a span of 10 to 20 years.

Other features of the proposed development include equestrian and hiking trails, bike paths, park areas, open spaces, a small commercial area and a golf course with resort facilities.