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PV to mull rezone for racetrack

PRESCOTT VALLEY – A re-zoning plan for Yavapai Downs could change almost 91 acres of land into public land status – a move that allows for additional uses for racetrack activity.

That property adjacent to the fair and racetrack site would allow more space for composting the manure that the horses at the racetrack create, in addition to creating more commercial and residential property projects, according to a town report.

The Yavapai County Environmental Services Department allows composting as a means of controlling odor and flies.

The Fain Land and Cattle Company currently owns the 91 acres and agreed to the re-zoning request from the director of the Yavapai County Fair Association.

The Town Council will consider this re-zoning request at its regular 7 p.m. Thursday session at the Civic Center, 7501 E. Civic Circle.

The council also will consider:

• Approving the new FY 2002-03 budget set at $42,846,910;

• Approving a renewal agreement for Dava and Associates for town engineering services;

• Approving a revised system for calculating the town's domestic and wastewater resource charges for new residential, commercial and industrial uses that connect to the town's domestic water system;

• Approving the Streets and Infrastructure Committee's final report.

Also, during its closed-door executive session, the council could discuss further the plans for sewer hookup options along certain areas of Highway 69.

Earlier this summer, town officials deferred annexation plans that would add State Trust Land into its boundaries.

Because the Prescott Country Club (PCC) board and many of its members opposed that request the town placed its annexation plans on hold but will continue talks with the annexed PCC section six area, operated by the Raven Ridge Property Owners Association, that operates with a failing sewage treatment plant.

Town Manager Anthony Mortillaro explained earlier this summer that those PCC section six residents expressed an interest in connecting to the town's system.

Also, town officials met with various treatment plant operators for the Orchard Ranch Resort, La Fiesta, Clipper Wash, the Villages of Lynx Creek and Bradshaw Mountain Middle School.

"Basically, there are just a few remaining issues to work out regarding the annexation of that Orchard Park property along with a corresponding sewer service agreement," Mortillaro mentioned earlier this month.

If the parties reach an agreement, the town will concentrate on annexation talks with the other sewage treatment plant operators.

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