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Council OKs rezone of 230 acres

The Fain Signature Group and Fain Land and Cattle Co., which share corporate offices on Main Street in Prescott Valley, are working to expand their base of industrial development.

They applied to the Planning and Zoning Commission to rezone 230 acres of recently annexed land, and took their case to the Town Council this past Thursday.

The council voted 5-0 to introduce an ordinance to rezone the land, located on both sides of Valley Road from Mendecino Drive to Fain Road on the east. Councilwomen Lora Lee Nye and Mary Baker were absent.

The council action requires a second reading before the rezoning becomes official for the land, which is zoned residential with 2-acre-lot minimums under Yavapai County. The council Oct. 9 approved a request from the Fain businesses to annex 233.4 acres, which contains the land targeted for rezoning.

The Fain companies sought the rezoning to expand future industrial development in an area that includes the Hensley, Ace Hardware and Canyon distribution businesses, according to landscape architect Peter Bourgois. He represented the Fain businesses at the public hearing.

Bourgois said the Fain businesses envision an auto recycler on 26 acres that the council rezoned for heavy industrial. The council voted to rezone the remaining 204 acres medium industrial.

Since the entire property is located within a planned area development, any proposed project requires a final development plan, according to Bourgois, who works for BMA Architects, Planners & Landscape Architects in Prescott Valley.

The town's general plan supports industrial development of the acreage, Community Development Director Richard Parker told the council.

The council also introduced an ordinance that would allow Viewpoint Investors LLC to build a mini-storage business on 5.2 acres north of Highway 89A and south of the Viewpoint subdivision. The company applied to rezone the property from residential services to minor industrial.

The mini-storage business will not illuminate adjoining property, Parker said.

Concurring, applicant Tim Gelatka said, "That thing is going to be pitch dark at night."

Gelatka also told the council that no more than 11 vehicles would visit the mini-storage business a day. He is partners with former state Senate President Ken Bennett and Jason Miller in the LLC.

The proposed mini-storage business also is located within the boundaries of a 209.3-acre community facilities district that property owners voted for form Oct. 14.

By forming a CFD, the property owners agreed to pay for water and sewer lines and other improvements.

The council Thursday made the results of the election official by adopting a resolution.

In other actions:

• The council approved a resolution that would enable employees to work in other departments at lateral or lower-level jobs on a temporary basis to relieve heavy workloads. Human Resources Director Danielle Bowman proposed the policy to make better use of a leaner staff, which is down 7 percent from a year ago.

• Introduced three ordinances to comply with the Legal Arizona Workers Act, also known as the employer sanctions law. The ordinances, when adopted, would apply the provisions of the state law to business licenses, businesses that contract with the town and businesses that receive economic incentives from the town government. The law, in short, requires employers to verify the legal status of employees before hiring them.

• The council conducted a public hearing on the so-called "home rule" option, which requires a popular vote before the council may establish spending limits in the town budget over the following four years. The voters will decide the measure this coming March. No members of the public spoke at the hearing.

• The council approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Arizona Department of Transportation to finance a proposed multiuse path (for walking, bike riding and other nonmotorized travel) on Bison Lane for 5,000 feet from Lake Valley Elementary School to the new library and Civic Center. ADOT would provide $500,000 from a grant, and the town would match $30,223.

• The council issued a proclamation declaring Nov. 2 "All Faiths, One Prayer" Day for Nov. 2, at the request of church groups.

• The council OK'd a resolution that would waive the requirements for a wall or fence at Tim's Toyota Center for mechanical equipment. Instead, arena officials would be allowed to paint the equipment so that it will blend in with the building.

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