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2:43 PM Fri, Sept. 21st

D-H council again tables decision on Young's Farm

DEWEY-HUMBOLDT - For the second time in a month and a half, the Dewey- Humboldt Town Council has tabled a decision on whether to rezone the former Young's Farm property for a Scottsdale-based developer.

At its regular meeting Tuesday, the council also agreed to schedule additional meetings with Monogram Companies representatives to ease some council members' concerns about the density of the developer's commercial and residential project.

The council will meet with Monogram officials from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Friday at Town Hall, 2735 S. Highway 69, to begin ironing out their differences.

This past week, the council stipulated that Monogram negotiate a development agreement with the town over the next several months for both its Village Marketplace, a commercial piece, and The Village at Young's Farm, a residential parcel.

With the Marketplace, the council demanded that Monogram keep any residential units it builds in the project and not convert them later for commercial use.

With the residential Village, the council is requiring Monogram to provide access to the Agua Fria riverbed, abandon its plans for a gated community and preserve minimum lot sizes at 70,000 square feet rather than incorporate the mixed zoning of its proposed Planned Area Development.

Monogram attorney Greg Huber said his client is "interested in working" with the council on river access. He added that Monogram is willing to go without a gated community only if council agrees to the PAD zoning.

"It's the council's responsibility to estimate what we think will work best for the community," Mayor Earl Goodwin said. "This is not a popularity contest. It's a decision about whether this project is good for the community."