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Wed, Feb. 26

PV council OKs 204 townhomes<BR>Development would be east of Country Club

PRESCOTT VALLEY – The Town Council approved two Quailwood Meadows rezoning requests Thursday that will allow the developer to build 204 townhomes and an access road within the town's eastern limits.

Council members unanimously voted in favor of a rezoning request that will allow multiple-family housing on a 43-acre parcel. The council also approved a request that will allow the developer to extend Bradshaw Mountain Road to the townhomes site, which is just east of the Prescott Country Club.

Joe Scott, a planner for the town, said in November that the townhomes' housing density will be about 4.7 units per acre.

They will be adjacent to the subdivision's 987-lot housing development, according to town documents. The Town Council approved a preliminary development plan for the 987 lots in the summer of 2003.

Patti Evans, the town's parks and recreation director, said the Parks and Recreation Commission is reviewing Empire Companies' (the developer) plans for a large regional park that would be west of the townhomes. The developer changed its plans for the park after deciding to cancel plans for two hiking trails along the Agua Fria River.

During Thursday evening's meeting, the council also approved a zoning map change that will allow a local landowner to store recreational vehicles on his property. The 15.5-acre property is north of the Bradshaw Mountain Christian Academy and is south of Mendecino Drive on Highway 69.

The property owner intends to store the RVs on the north section of the property, which is not visible to Highway 69 motorists.

In other activity:

• The Town Council also met in executive session to discuss the town's proposed entertainment center.

Prescott Valley resident Salvador Rivera asked why the council must discuss the matter in executive session.

Town Attorney Ivan Legler explained that the town is still in negotiations with Fain Signature Group and Global Entertainment. He explained the state law allowing the Town Council to discuss contract negotiations behind closed doors.

Larry Tarkowski, the interim town manager, said the groups have been negotiating a development agreement since spring.

The town clerk's office confirmed that council expects to hold a short meeting on Dec. 21 or 22. The council is expected to decide whether to approve a contract with a third party to conduct a financial feasibility study about the proposed arena.

• Mayor Harvey Skoog also presented the town's first check to the United Animal Friends organization. The $580 check will go to the spaying and neutering of animals. Earlier in the year, the Town Council decided to donate part of its unaltered animal registration fees to the group.

The town's unaltered animal registration fees are currently higher than the town's altered animal registration fees to promote the spaying and neutering of pets.

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