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CHINO VALLEY: Council OKs 15.8-acre rezoning

The Chino Valley Town Council on Thursday approved Peter and Stacy Gurkos' request to rezone 15.8 acres on the east side of Highway 89, across from Rolling Hills Road, from single family residential two-acre minimum to commercial light.

Pat Clingman, deputy director of Development Services, said this parcel was part of the 85 acres the council annexed into the town in July 2008.

The Gurkos, in their rezoning request and at a neighborhood meeting Sept. 17, said they want to rezone the property to commercial light so they can build 20,000 square feet of buildings for medical satellite offices.

The Chino Valley Development Services staff cut the entrances to the site from several to one and required the Gurkos to do a conceptual site plan for the parcel. The conceptual site plan the Gurkos had developed shows one entrance and seven buildings on the property.

Clingman said the Gurkos agree that they won't build gasoline stations, mortuaries, lumberyards and building supply centers on the site.

Councilman Ron Romley said he didn't see any noise barrier on the conceptual drawing. "When commercial property abuts residential property we require a barrier," he said.

Clingman said that requirement comes later, not during the rezoning.

Also, he said the drawing shows five of the buildings being affected by the floodplain, but saw no mitigation plan.

Clingman said town staff will consider that when the developer presents a preliminary plat for that site.

Richard Butler, a representative of the Paulden Area Community Organization, said he feels the commercial zoning application for that site is bad for Chino Valley and Paulden.

He said Chino Valley is not considering the Del Rio property or the Paulden Community Plan when proposing to zone this site commercial.

"This action will make it harder to market land in Paulden," he said.

Councilwoman Gloria Moore commended the Gurkos for being responsive to the surrounding property owners.

Acting Mayor Jim Bunker said commercial developments are very important to Chino Valley, as it has no property tax. Besides, whatever goes in on the Gurkos' site will provide services to Paulden residents as well as those in Chino Valley.

Clingman reminded the council that it previously approved rezoning Ron Gross' property across Highway 89 to commercial.

The council then approved the Gurkos' rezoning request 4-0. Mayor Karen Fann, Vice Mayor Joel Baker and Councilwoman Virginia Reid were absent.

In other action, the council:

• Approved the transfer of $35,000 from General Fund Contingencies to the Parks Maintenance Department for irrigation repairs.

• Approved extending Bright Star Development's 1 million gallon water storage tank from Jan. 1 to June 1, and the installation of the fire pump to October.

• Learned that Town Council meetings are now being steamed live, at no charge to the town, on the town's website at www.chinoaz.net/gov_tv/live/live.shtml.

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