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Annexation of project in Dells likely to go to Prescott P&Z in November

Prescott Council consideration expected in early 2019

The initial application submitted by Arizona Eco Development for annexation of Granite Dells-area land into Prescott city limits was rejected earlier this year. The land under consideration for development includes the iconic Point of Rocks along Prescott’s Peavine Trail. (Cindy Barks/Courier file)

The initial application submitted by Arizona Eco Development for annexation of Granite Dells-area land into Prescott city limits was rejected earlier this year. The land under consideration for development includes the iconic Point of Rocks along Prescott’s Peavine Trail. (Cindy Barks/Courier file)

It will be at least November before Arizona Eco Development’s (AED) controversial plans for development in the Granite Dells gets to the Prescott Planning and Zoning Commission for review.

And it could be well into 2019 before the Prescott City Council weighs in on the project.

That was the word from the City of Prescott this week in a news release on the latest information on AED’s plans to bring about 2,700 new homes to two parcels of land north and south of the Highway 89A/Granite Dells Parkway interchange.

The Prescott Planning Department received completed annexation, master plan, and rezoning applications from AED on Aug. 3. At that time, the city expected reviews to begin by about October.

But the updated schedule reports that staff review is currently still underway, and that the city is “anticipating planning staff review completion in November.”

Along with the planning department, the city’s police, fire, recreational services, airport, and public works departments are also reviewing the applications.

“These other reviews may take additional time to conduct,” the news release states. “City staff takes this stage very seriously. The information gathered during these reviews will be presented to the Planning and Zoning Commission and the City Council for their public hearings.”

Although the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) review is expected to begin in November, the release adds, “Depending on staff review findings, this could push the P&Z Commission meeting out further.

Once the project gets to P&Z, the release states, “there is opportunity for several public meetings, depending on the review needs of the Commissioners.”

After the Planning and Zoning Commission makes its recommendation, a 60-day public comment period will begin.

“This is a requirement of the City of Prescott Charter (Article I, Section 4b),” the news release states. “There will be no official action taken by City Council during the 60-day public comment period.”

Next up will be the review by the Prescott City Council. “Once P&Z has made a recommendation for council and the 60-day public comment period has expired, then this matter will be placed on council’s agenda,” the release reports.

If approved, the annexation will extend the limits of the City of Prescott to take in the AED properties, which include:

• AED North, a 1656.38-acre parcel north of Highway 89A, east of the airport.

Plans include 415 acres of open space, and 513 acres of Airport Impact area, which would also be designated open space under AED’s proposal.

The northern section is being planned to accommodate about 1,547 manufactured homes, and will also have 42 acres of industrial-general uses, 38 acres of industrial-transition, and 20 acres of mixed use.

• AED South, an 866-acre parcel located east of Highway 89 and south of Highway 89A.

The 866-acre parcel would consist of 266 acres of total open space, about 1,185 residential housing units, and about 200 resort units, comprised of duplexes, 6-plexes, and a hotel resort.

All documents received are available on the city’s website, at www.prescott-az.gov, on the Planning Projects page. The information will continue to be updated as additional information is received by the city. Physical copies of the applications are available for public review at the Prescott City Clerk’s Office, as well as Community Development, at Prescott City Hall, 201 S. Cortez St.

Questions can be directed to Prescott Development Services Facilitator Chelsea Walton, at 928-777-1280, or by email at chelsea.walton@prescott-az.gov.