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Fri, Feb. 28

Council approves Viewpoint facilities district
District property owners, not residents, will pick up costs

The Prescott Valley Town Council Thursday gave town staff authorization to form the Viewpoint Community Facilities District. However, the council wants it called the Northside Community Facilities District.

The new district includes 209.4 acres lying in an area between Viewpoint and Pronghorn subdivisions on the north and Highway 89A on the south, one-quarter mile west of Viewpoint Drive and east to Coyote Springs Road.

Planner Ruth Mayday said given its proximity to the residential subdivisions of Viewpoint and Pronghorn, it is likely this area will develop as a mix of commercial and retail uses. There is some property zoned for single-family units by the northwest corner of Viewpoint Drive and Horizon Way and some additional property zoned for single-family housing by Coyote Springs Road.

The proposed district, she said, currently lacks adequate wastewater and water pipelines to serve the potential uses of the land. Development also will require a 1.5 million gallon water tank to be built.

Pronghorn Ranch Parkway must be extended west of Viewpoint Drive to service that part of the district.

She said development of the district's land will require traffic signals and a dedicated turn lanes at the Viewpoint Drive and Pronghorn Ranch Parkway intersection.

Dava and Associates, the town engineer, said the improvements to handle the district's development are estimated at about $10.5 million.

Town Manager Larry Tarkowski said all the developments would be paid by the property owners within the district and not by the residents of Viewpoint and Pronghorn.

In other business, the council:

• Approved the renewal of the town engineer's contract with Dava and Associates at its current rates. The firm has worked as the town engineer since 1988.

• Authorized the mayor to sign an agreement allowing the town to join the Arizona Water and Wastewater Agency Response Network.

Neil Wadsworth, Utilities director, said the goal of AZWARN is to set up a network of utilities that can assist each other in the event of an emergency, whether it is large or small.

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