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Tue, Feb. 18

Chino Valley P&Z looks at Gurkos' rezoning request

The Chino Valley Planning Commission will decide at its meeting Thursday whether it will ask the Town Council to rezone 15.8 acres along Highway 89 from single-family residence, two-acre minimum, to light commercial.

The commission also will consider amendments to nine sections of the town's Unified Development Ordinance.

The commission meets at 6 p.m. in the Chino Valley Senior Center, 1021 W. Butterfield Rd. in Chino Valley.

Peter and Stacy Gurko are seeking to rezone 15.8 acres on the east side of Highway 89, across from Rolling Hills Road, for medical offices or other commercial uses except for gasoline stations, mortuaries and lumber yards and building supply centers.

Some of the major amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance the commission will look at include:

• Giving the Site Plan Review Committee authority to approve site plans that meet the requirements of the town's ordinances, codes, policies and design concepts. The site plans that don't meet all of the requirements the committee will forward to the planning commission. The commission will then send its recommendation to the council for approval or denial.

• Developers of any development next to residentially zoned property must, at least 30 days prior to the issuance of building permit, place notices that are a minimum of 11 inches by 17 inches in size on each corner of the property stating the intent to develop and that are visible from the public rights-of-way; and send out letters about the proposed development to property owners within 300 feet.

• The definition and description of what a commercial greenhouse enterprise is.

• The addition of the public land zone.

• Accesory structures aren't permitted prior to the issuance of a building permit for the primary residence in AR-36 (Agricultural/Residential 36 acres minimum) zone; AR-5 zone; AR-4 zone; SR-2.5 (Single Family Residential 2.5 acres minimum zone; SR-2 zone; SR-1.6 zone; SR-1 zone; SR-0.16 zone; MR-1 (Multiple Family Residential on 3,000 square feet of land) zone; CL (Commercial Light) zone; CH (Commercial Heavy) zone; and I (Industrial) zone.

• Landscape requirements to emphasize the retention of native trees, shrubs, rock formations and other natural site features. In multiple-family, office, commercial and industrial districts a 10-foot wide landscape strip is required along Highway 89, and a 20-foot wide landscape strip along street frontage.

• Under design concepts, it states, "Development goals: Protect investment in the community by encouraging consistently high quality development and promote projects that are suitable in the context of a Southwest environment."

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