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Prescott City Council to consider Willow Creek Road annexation Aug. 28

A notice states the Prescott City Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday, Aug. 28, about an annexation request for 74 acres along Willow Creek Road. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

A notice states the Prescott City Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday, Aug. 28, about an annexation request for 74 acres along Willow Creek Road. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

Although not as largescale as the pending Arizona Eco Development project, two other major proposals for annexation of land into Prescott city limits are scheduled to go to the Prescott City Council this week.

At its 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, voting meeting, the council will consider annexation requests for: 74 acres along Willow Creek Road, across from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; and 90.5 acres in the area south of the city’s Airport Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The two annexations will be among the many issues that the council will consider during two packed meeting agendas on Tuesday. Prior to the 3 p.m. voting session, the council will conduct a study session at 1 p.m. Both meetings will take place at Prescott City Hall, 201 S. Cortez St.

At the voting meeting, the council will conduct a public hearing on a proposal from Dr. Hojat Askari for annexation of 74 acres of land on the east side of Willow Creek Road, across from the Haas Drive entrance to Embry-Riddle.

Prescott Planning Manager George Worley said the city consideration includes annexation, a rezoning, a subdivision plat, and a development agreement.

The focus of the development will be mostly on medical offices, but City Manager Michael Lamar said Askari also has plans for two hotels in the area, as well as retail businesses and restaurants.

Much of the development will be concentrated on the flat section of land that is closest to Willow Creek Road. The eastern section contains granite rock formations, and a city memo states: “The significant rock outcroppings at the east of the site will be protected and are intended to be designated as open space and donated to the city by the plat.”

It adds: “The owner is working with the city Parks and Recreation Department to extend several existing city trails into and through the property.”

The plans involve installation of a traffic signal at Willow Creek Road and Haas Drive.

The other annexation under consideration involves land along the east side of Corsair Avenue and south of the city’s wastewater treatment plant. The owner, 3rd Gen Enterprises, has jointly applied with the City of Prescott to annex into the city.

Worley said the annexation is being proposed to allow for the relocation of Fann Contracting Inc.’s batch plant from its current location along Highway 89.

Meanwhile, the meeting schedule for the unrelated 2,522-acre Arizona Eco Development annexation in the Granite Dells area is still pending, city officials say.

In other action, the council will (at its 1 p.m. study session):

• Hear a presentation from Areta Zouvas, executive president of the Kirkland Mining Company, about the proposed Kirkland Mine project.

Lamar said the city approached Zouvas about speaking to the council because of questions that had come up over issues, such as traffic and dust abatement.

The meeting is intended as a time for council members to ask questions, Lamar said, and he does not expect it to be opened up for questions and comments from the audience.

• Hear a recap of the 2018 Whiskey Off-Road mountain bike event, including the economic and social impacts, as well as discussion about proposed changes for the 2019 event.

At the 3 p.m. voting session:

• Consider changing the name of the Prescott Municipal Airport to the Prescott Regional Airport – Ernest A. Love Field.

Lamar said there is support among council members to “call it what it is; it’s a regional airport.”

He added that city officials realize that in order for the new air service by United Express to succeed, “seats need to be filled” not just by Prescott residents, but by residents of the region.

The cost for the change is expected to be about $5,000.

• Consider awarding a $49,428 contract to Kimley-Horn and Associates for engineering design for a new traffic signal at the intersection of Willow Lake Road and Prescott Lakes Parkway.

A city memo states that the intersection has been monitored for several years, and recently met the required “warrants” (safety statistics on traffic counts and accidents) that indicate the need for a traffic signal. Follow Cindy Barks on Twitter @Cindy_Barks. Reach her at 928-445-3333, ext. 2034, or cbarks@prescottaz.com.