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PV Council approves zoning for Navajo Commons Apartments
Ordinance includes 2 percent surcharge on rents

The location of the planned Navajo Commons apartments in Prescott Valley.

The location of the planned Navajo Commons apartments in Prescott Valley.

Prescott Valley Town Councilmember Lora Lee Nye said she serves on the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Governing Board and noted that the board recently lost an AmeriCorps volunteer who was unable to find a place to live in his salary range.

Her comment came during a public hearing for Zoning Map Change 16-006, which would change nine-and-a-half acres north of Florentine Road between Commons Circle and Majesty Drive from C2-PAD to R2-PAD for Navajo Commons Apartments.

“That’s exactly what these are,” she said. “Had these been here and available, we would not have lost that AmeriCorps volunteer.”

The zoning map change would permit Slade Investments to go forward with Navajo Commons Apartments, said Community Development Director Richard Parker. Access to the apartments would be via Navajo Drive and Bob Drive as well as Florentine Road, he said.

The preliminary development plan for the project showed 198 units on the 9.5 acres with parking surrounding them, Parker said, also stating that there are unique aspects to the proposal including garages and a buffer to be used as drainage along Majesty Drive.

There is a rather large demand for multiple family units in Prescott Valley, Parker said, stating that is evidenced by the two large projects that were approved a couple weeks ago.

“We fully expect to see additional ones,” he said. “If there were not a market available for this type of development, it would not be occurring.”

Multiple family units are definitely a need, Councilmember Mary Mallory said, mentioning that the community will be excited that there won’t be such a long waiting list for apartments anymore.

There was no public comment on the zoning map change and the council voted 6 to 1 to read Ordinance 822, which approved the change.

Ordinance 822 also included a stipulation regarding the charging of a 2 percent surcharge against rents collected in the complex, Parker said. It’s been consistent with the policy that has been applied on larger projects in Prescott Valley, he said.

“Part of the thought process is we’re taking commercial properties out of production, so to speak,” Parker said. “If they were developed, we would receive that excise tax. This is an attempt to try to replace that excise tax for the long haul.”

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