PRESCOTT VALLEY – A request from the Town of Prescott Valley to annex a portion of land in the unincorporated area of Dewey could open the door for more commercial developments into that area.
The proposed annexation of approximately 320 acres of State Trust Land sits adjacent to the corporate limits of Prescott Valley and includes an area one-half mile south of the Prescott Country Club.
The members present during Tuesday's Prescott Country Club Property Owners Association (PCCPOA) membership meeting voted 5-2 against the proposal.
Also during Tuesday's special board meeting, five PCCPOA board members voted against the plan, two supported the annexation request and one did not vote, citing a conflict of interest.
Per the PCCPOA by-laws, two board members did not vote.
Also, representatives from the Dewey/Humboldt Community Organization drafted a letter that expresses its opposition to the annexation.
Prescott Valley's community development director explained the town's position regarding the proposed annexation.
Richard Parker said that this annexation would enable the future Safeway Food and Drug shopping center to hook up to the town's water and sewer utility system.
That 55,000-square-foot center would sit between Thomas Ranch and the Blue Hills Café, in direct line with Bradshaw Mountain Middle School.
If the annexation proposal does not succeed, then that commercial development likely will move elsewhere, Parker said.
Parker also mentioned during the meeting that Safeway would not benefit from operating without "sufficient fire flows" by way of individual wells and storage tanks.
The Uniform Fire Code says that fire flows must meet certain standards for commercial development and subdivisions, explained Charlie Cook, Central Yavapai Fire Department fire marshal.
Fire flows include fire hydrants, sprinkler systems, ponds, storage tanks and wells.
Cook explained that certain buildings must have access to a minimum water supply of two hours and a maximum of four hours.
"It's much cheaper and reasonable to tie into a municipal water system than to drill a well and put up storage tanks…"Cook said.
Parker explained that the town chose this annexation area because it lies within the corporate boundaries designated under the town's General Plan.
"As a result we've coordinated with the State Land Department (SLD) to designate suitable land uses that may occur on that property," Parker said.
In addition, the town will consider annexing other properties in the Dewey area, including residential and commercial areas along the Highway 69 corridor, says a town request for council action.
Future land use plans, as coordinated with the department, must remain on hold "until water is made available … (and) unless or until they are made part of the town's corporate boundaries," Parker said.
According to a written letter sent by the Community Development Department, "there are presently no plans to develop this property."
Shirley Shaw, PCCPOA president, explained that she received a certified letter, early last month, from the State Land Department commissioner stating that the town filed an application to annex the portion of land adjacent to the Prescott Country Club.
Shaw explained that this letter served as the first notification of the proposal and the town never contacted her or the board.
The SLD gave the board until the end of April to respond to the proposal.
Shaw requested an extension and presented the proposal to the board and also asked Parker to speak at Tuesday's general membership meeting.
In 1996 the town requested the same annexation plan and again a majority of PCC members opposed that petition.
Letters citing opposition to that petition, back in 1996, expressed concerns that traffic in the area and groundwater demands would increase.
Those letters also expressed concerns that the Dewey area's open spaces would disappear to future development.
This week Shaw sent a letter to the SLD explaining that many of the residents oppose the town's annexation request.
The application process for this annexation request mandates that the Town Council approve a resolution for this proposal.
The Prescott Valley Town Council will consider adopting a resolution for the annexation of that State Trust Land at its regular 7 o'clock meeting tonight.
The SLD Selection Committee will consider this request next month.
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