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Commission approves request to rezone 76 acres

PRESCOTT VALLEY - The town's planning and zoning commission approved Fain Signature Group's request to rezone 76 acres near the town's Entertainment District.

The commission voted unanimously to grant two separate requests from Fain Signature Group for zoning map changes and preliminary development plans Monday. Commissioners Ray Kuykendall and Ellen Babbitt did not attend the meeting.

As he has stated after recent favorable decisions of both the commission and the Town Council, Fain Managing Partner Brad Fain said his company has no immediate plans to develop the property.

"This is just the first step," Fain said after the meeting. "I am working with (Community Development) staff to annex and zone downtown Prescott Valley. This is all consistent with the General Plan 2020."

The Town Council will still have the final say on the rezoning at a future meeting. His family-owned company presented two separate applications for the commission to review. Both applications sought to rezone land currently zoned for residential with minimum lot sizes of 70,000 square feet.

The first request called for rezoning about 52 acres at the northeast intersection of Glassford Hill Road and Lakeshore Drive to commercial; general sales and services. The council voted to annex the acreage July 12. The second application sought to rezone 14 acres at the northeast intersection of Civic Circle and Lakeshore Drive to commercial; general sales and services. The application also sought to rezone about 10 acres south of the intersection of the Windsong Drive extension and Loos Drive and Civic Drive to residential and services. The council voted to annex the 24 acres in June 1994.

The Fain applications drew few questions from the commissioners, and nobody from the public spoke out either for or against them.

However, Commissioner Ben Harper questioned Mike Withey, a Phoenix attorney representing Fain Signature Group, about whether Fain planned to create more housing in the Town Center area.

"We absolutely are," Withey said. "It certainly will allow residential opportunities."

Harper said, "You can't have a dynamic downtown that closes down at 5 o'clock in the afternoon."

Withey responded, "I know the Fains consider a residential component as well."

IN OTHER ACTION:

• The commission approved a zoning map change for Glassford Hill Apartments to add 68 units on 9.1 acres west of Lone Cactus Drive between Spouse Drive and Santa Fe Loop Road. The apartment complex has 150 units.

• The commission granted a zoning map change to the Nackard Cos. of Flagstaff to accommodate plans for a beverage distribution center on 12 acres near the Yavapai County Fairgrounds. The site is on the south side of Highway 89A about two miles east of the intersection of Fain Road.

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