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P&Z commissioners approve 204 Quailwood townhomes

PRESCOTT VALLEY –Prescott Valley Planning and Zoning commissioners took several steps toward affordable housing during Monday's meeting.

The commission recommended that the Town Council approve a zoning map change for 204 townhomes and a general plan amendment requested by a developer who wants to build a 43-unit apartment complex near Mountain Valley Park.

Joe Scott, the town's planner, said during the meeting that the 204 townhomes would stand on 43 acres. The land is about one-half mile east of the Bradshaw Mountain Drive and Highway 69 intersection.

"The density, as proposed, would be about 4.7 dwelling units per acre," Scott said. He said the Town Council still must approve the zoning map change. Scott expects this to appear on the council's Dec. 2 agenda.

The town's Parks and Recreation Commission currently is reviewing a Quailwood Meadows public park master plan that will include a recreation center, Scott said.

Apartments near Mountain Valley Park

Mountain Rose Properties, L.L.C., applied for the general plan amendment and a zoning map change in hopes of putting in a new apartment complex. The commission unanimously approved a general plan amendment and a reversionary plat after reviewing the developer's request. Both of these items still need Town Council approval.

The reversionary plat combines several lots needed for the complex, which would be northwest of the Ranger Road, Navajo Drive and Lakeshore Drive intersection. The proposed complex would be immediately north of the town's drainage ditch that handles overflow when the lakes at Mountain Valley Park overflow.

Mountain Rose Properties now needs the town to approve a zoning map change to build the apartments. The commission will study this at a future meeting.

Two local residents told the commission that they are concerned about potential traffic problems and visibility concerns. Another local resident said he supports the project.

Scott said the apartments would go on the lower elevation of the site. This means that it would not obstruct neighbors' views of the mountains because mobile homes at the top of the area's hill would still be higher than the proposed complex. He also said he could resolve those issues when the commission decides whether to approve the zoning map change needed to build the complex.

Bob Duffel, a managing partner for Mountain Rose Properties, said the town's Navajo Drive Improvement Project would provide apartment residents an easy way to drive toward the town's commercial areas. Duffel said the complex would have its own parking lot to allow safe access to and from the complex. The site's driveway is also a safe distance away from a new turning lane that the town plans to install on Ranger Road, he said.

"They did not want to shove that (parking lot) driveway any closer to the corner because it would be interfering with the turning lane," Duffel said. "If they shove it up the hill any further, they think that would be more of a problem as far as sight" is concerned, as "you would be able to see it from a further distance."

He said Mountain Rose Properties is willing to move the parking lot driveway, but noted that he agrees with the current location.

Contact the reporter at jkamin@prescottaz.com

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