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Planners approve 72 new apartments near Civic Center

During Monday evening's meeting, the Prescott Valley Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved a zoning map change to allow a developer to build 72 more apartments near the Town Civic Center.

The commission recommended that the town council approve the rezoning of 5.5 acres north of the Lakeshore Drive and Windsong Drive intersection.

If approved by the town council at a later date, the parcel's zoning would change from residential with a conditional-use permit to residential with multiple units.

The 72 two- and three-bedroom apartments would be immediately north of the first phase of the recently built Valley View Apartments.

Joe Scott, the town planner, said Windsong Drive will eventually be extended northward to connect with Loos Drive after more development occurs in this area. Future development is dependent upon agreements between the Fain Signature Group and future developers, he said.

Currently, Windsong Drive is extending north with each new development.

William Spreitzer, president of Wescap Investments, said the group has already started renting Phase I apartments to Prescott Valley residents.

He said apartment rental fees are in the mid $500 and $600 range.

Commissioner Gary Bruce cited the need for more affordable housing and said, "We have been looking for properties like this for quite a while."

ALSO ON THE AGENDA:

• The commission also approved a general plan amendment to change the land density use of two lots from medium-high density to regional commercial.

If council approves the general plan amendment, the property owner will file a rezoning request to allow business storage on the property.

The two lots are located on the west side of Dallas Road, which is approximately 400 feet south of Roundup Drive.

The parcels in question are currently located behind a business.

• The commission deferred a public hearing on a zoning map change request that would allow Mountain Rose Properties to build 43 new apartments northwest of the Ranger Road and Navajo Drive intersection.

Scott explained the deferral was necessary because he did not feel nearby residents were not given enough advance notice of the hearing.

• Commissioners also deferred a zoning map change for a property south of the Horizon Lane and Pine View Drive intersection.

The proposed rezoning would allow developers to build a dental office on the property.

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