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Fri, Feb. 21

CV Plan Review Committee wants to cut red tape

The Chino Valley Planning and Zoning Commission is asking the town council to give the town's Site Plan Review Committee authority to approve site plans for projects with buildings smaller than 5,000 square feet if they meet the requirements of the town's ordinances, codes, policies and design concepts.

The planning commission and town council still would review site plans for projects with buildings 5,000 square feet or larger after the Site Plan Review Committee forwards them.

The Site Plan Review Committee still would forward site plans that do not meet all of the requirements to the planning commission and then the council.

Pat Clingman, deputy Development Services director, said the Chino Valley Animal Hospital, Summit Bank, Bank One Chase and the Tourist Center's site plans would have come before the planning commission and council under this change.

Today, regardless of size, a project must go through the Site Plan Review Committee, then the planning commission and finally the town council.

"The development committee said this process was cumbersome, and Chino Valley is the only community to do this," she said.

Clingman said by allowing the Site Plan Review Committee to approve select projects, Chino Valley's process becomes uniform with the other communities in the area.

Some of the other major amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance the commission OK'd include:

• Developers of any development next to residentially zoned property must, at least 30 days prior to issuing a building permit, place notices at least 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.

• Define and describe what a commercial greenhouse enterprise is.

• The addition of the public land zone.

• Disallowing accessory structures prior to issuing 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, the amendment 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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