Dorn Homes meets with Quailwood residents on plans to rezone adjacent property
Concerns over traffic, emergency evacuation, property value
144 units on 18 acres.
44 one-bedroom units.
86 two-bedroom units.
14 three-bedroom units.
Nine buildings (24-, 16-, 8-plex) in 2- and 3-story buildings.
144 units on 23 acres.
Same number of bedroom units in eight 3-story buildings
(24- and 12-plex).
The first step a developer takes in asking for a zoning change is to offer the neighbors an opportunity to look at what may be planned for that property.
Close to 200 residents of Prescott Valley’s Quailwood subdivision turned out Tuesday, Jan. 22, to the Dorn Homes Open House in the Bradshaw Mountain Middle School gym to see what could go in behind the Family Dollar store and along Highway 69 at Bradshaw Mountain Road if the town approves the zoning change. Many weren’t happy with the thought of 288 apartment units going in on that corner.
The preliminary design and concept are subject to change, Jeff Kreutzer, product development manager for Dorn Homes, said about the development that will offer mid-range priced apartments for rent.
The overall site plan will help the Planning and Zoning Commission and Prescott Valley Town Council decide the rezoning request, but the developer may build the project in a different design and layout.
Current zoning is R1L-70 single family residential. Dorn Homes has applied for RS-PAD, multi-family residential Planned Area Development. The 2025 General Plan indicates medium and medium-high density residential and commercial for this parcel, part of 975 acres that includes the nearby Quailwood Community.
About 56 percent of the property is designated as public open space, with 22 percent as the building footprint. A pool area also is planned.
Quailwood residents have several concerns: increased traffic, decreased property values, sufficient evacuation routes, and whether apartment residents could access their clubhouse and amenities.
According to the traffic study by CivTech, the intersection of Highway 69 and Bradshaw Mountain Road would increase in traffic use by about 6 percent when the development is fully built out.
Tove White, Civ Tech project manager, said traffic will enter the development to the east of Highway 69 from Bradshaw Mountain Road. The development includes an emergency access road at the rear of the Family Dollar store. Phase 2 has a second emergency access road that will exit further south onto Highway 69.
In addition, as property to the south undergoes development, the proposed arterial road that runs north-south, will extend from Bradshaw Mountain Road to Highway 169. This road will help alleviate future emergency egress within the entire Quailwood development as well, Kreutzer said.
When asked if Bradshaw Mountain Road would be widened to accommodate an increase in traffic, Project Manager Pim van der Giessen said, “If the town attaches that as a criteria, it has to be done before the construction of the project.”
No matter what goes in on that property, it will generate more traffic, he added.
In terms of property values, one resident asked what percentage of the apartments would be rented to low-income families or rented out as Section 8 HUD housing. “You don’t know what kind of people are going to live there.”
Richard Parker, Town of Prescott Valley Community Services director, confirmed Jan. 28 that the town had no such policy requiring a certain percentage of housing in a development to be designated for low-income renters.
Kreutzer said currently the project has no formal name, nor immediate plans to start construction.
“We are in the preliminary stages of planning for this community. At this time we are only pursuing the rezoning of the parcel from R1L-70 (single family residential) to RS-PAD, which allows multi-family residential,” he said in a follow-up email Jan. 24, adding that the current zoning was part of the original annexation from Yavapai County and considered to be a “holding zone.”
Dorn Homes appreciates and will consider the residents’ comments and input from this and future meetings, Kreutzer said.
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