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Town Council OKs Quailwood Family Dollar store rezoning

The developer of a proposed Family Dollar store overcame opposition from Quailwood homeowners Thursday night by winning Town Council approval for a zoning map change.

Homeowners repeated their concerns during the council meeting about the dollar store leading to more traffic and reducing safety. However, Community Development Department staff and favorable recommendations from the Planning and Zoning Commission pointed out that the master plan for Quailwood designated the proposed store site and adjoining land for future commercial development.

The council voted 6-1 to introduce an ordinance to rezone about 1.8 acres off Highway 69 and Bradshaw Mountain Road from single-family residential to commercial. The ordinance returns to the council for a second reading and approval Oct. 13, and the council that night will consider the final development plan as well.

Councilman Henry Schmitt cast the sole "no" vote. He said near the start of the hour-long deliberations that the dollar store could hurt sales at other dollar and discount stores, and he indicated he would be more likely to support it if Prescott Valley did not already have two dollar stores.

"I would truly love to see a professional plaza," Schmitt said. "I can't support the zoning map change."

However, the issue before the council and previously before the P&Z was the rezone, not what business would set up shop near the entrance to the Quailwood subdivision. Jeff Kost, director of development for Glenwood Development Co. LLC in Mesa, said he plans to build the store and lease it to Family Dollar, but he has no timeframe for construction.

"We are just excited for the development and to bring something nice to the community and to bring jobs: six to 10," Kost said. He is building a Dollar General store on Willow Creek Road in Prescott.

Kost has encountered opposition from Quailwood homeowners since they packed the Aug. 8 meeting of P&Z, which postponed voting until the Sept. 12 meeting.

They presented a petition bearing 189 signatures during the Sept. 12 P&Z meeting, but the commission voted unanimously for the rezone and 6-1 for the preliminary development plan.

The council meeting drew a smaller turnout of homeowners, with five people speaking out against the rezoning application. Two residents, who do not live in Quailwood, spoke in favor of the store site.

Dianne Sprague, who moved to Quailwood this past December from Lancaster, Calif., said after the meeting that she and her husband would not have bought their home if she knew commercial development would be allowed.

Sprague described the store's proposed location where Village Way dead-ends at Bradshaw Mountain Road as a "very dangerous situation." She mentioned that a traffic accident occurred Thursday afternoon at the intersection of Bradshaw Mountain Road and Highway 69. She and other opponents said Bradshaw Mountain Road is the only access to Quailwood.

Kost said he and future developers will dedicate right of way to extend Village Way.

Responding earlier at the meeting to a question from Vice Mayor Patty Lasker, Kost said he expects the store to draw as many as 15 to 20 vehicles per hour.

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