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2:38 PM Sun, Sept. 23rd

Public hearing to focus on CV addition

The Town of Chino Valley will conduct a public hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday to listen to citizen comments about the proposed annexation of 30 sections of land east of the town.

Citizens and town officials will meet in the Chino Valley High School mini-auditorium. The school is at 730 E. Center St., and the mini-auditorium is behind the building that houses the gym and administrative offices – next to Classroom 64. Mayor Dan Main said the town would post people at strategic corners to help direct residents to the meeting place.

The town wants to annex the land, Main said, so it can plan future development "consistent with the community values of Chino Valley.

"We like large lots, one acre or larger," he said. If annexation is successful, the new area will be developed with the same zoning currently in effect in Chino Valley.

The area under consideration for annexation is in the Chino Valley zip code and school district. Development in that area will affect the town's school district as well as water and sewer planning.

The Town Council on Feb. 8 directed staff to begin annexation proceedings. Chino Valley currently has 25 sections of land within its borders. If the annexation process is successful, it will more than double the landmass of the town.

"The biggest reason for the annexation effort is that we need to plan," Main said. "We would rather have future development planned than see people come in and develop through multiple lot splits. That leaves us with no road easements and no right of way for utilities."

The proposed annexation area complies with an agreement Chino Valley made with Prescott in May 2000. The two municipalities signed an intergovernmental agreement identifying a dividing line for annexation between the two communities.

"The reason we are pursuing annexation is because of development pressures that are occurring in those neighborhoods," Town Manager Carl Tenney said.

Town officials have talked with several large land owners in the area who are planning future development on pieces of their property.

"These developments will be in the Chino Valley greater community, and we believe the town should have some ability to influence the nature of the developments," Tenney said. "These people will be using our schools, stores and post office."

Tenney added that town staff is updating the general plan to comply with state "Growing Smarter" requirements. The town must submit its plan by the end of 2002.

"It just makes sense to include this area in our general plan," Tenney said.

The proposed annexation covers approximately 30 square miles or more than 19,000 acres.

It extends seven miles east of existing town boundaries and six miles to the north and south. It borders Coyote Springs near Prescott Valley.

Large ranches that would feel the effects of the annexation include portions of Granite Dells Ranch, Deep Well Ranch, Perkins Ranch and Running W Ranch. Chino Meadows Unit 5 also is part of the proposed annexation area. It is the only developed area included in the land proposed for annexation.

To annex an area, the town must have approval signatures from more than 50 percent of the landowners in the area who own more than 50 percent of the value of the property.

Contact Dorine Goss at dgoss@prescottaz.com