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CV planners request rezone of 15.8 acres

The Chino Valley Planning and Zoning Commission 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.

This request now goes to the town council for a final vote.

David Nicolella, Chino Valley's associate planner, said this parcel was part of the 85 acres the town council annexed in July 2008.

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

"We envision space for an orthopedic surgeon with X-ray capabilities, an endocrinologist, an ophthalmologist, a gynecologist/obstetrician, a pediatrician, a neurologist and an urologist," Peter Gurko said.

However, he told those present at the Sept. 17 neighborhood meeting that he couldn't guarantee what will end up on the property.

Nicolella said 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 located on the property.

At the Sept. 17 neighborhood meeting, Peter Gurko said if Wal-Mart would like to buy this parcel he would sell to them.

Planning Commissioner Gwen Rowitsch said she wasn't sure the zoning stipulation that "development on the site shall substantially conform to the conceptual site plan" was a good one because the Gurkos' plan limits what they can develop on the site. She asked whether any plan for a big box store on that site would have to come back before the commission for approval. Nicolella said it would.

Peter Gurko said their conceptual site plan maximizes the use of the site and appeases area residents.

"We're not looking for a Home Depot, we're looking for a smaller, more homey type of development that fits in with what you see in Chino Valley," he said.

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

"Yes, we agree to the stipulations on our property," Peter Gurko said.

The planning commission unanimously approved the request.

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