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Childcare zoning gets OK from Prescott Valley council
Prescott Golf & Country Club zoning map change request tweaked for childcare facility

The request for zoning map change for a proposed daycare facility in the Prescott Golf and Country Club, together with the most recent modifications from the Prescott Valley Planning and Zoning Commission, got a thumb’s up by Town Council members at their regular meeting June 27.

Prescott Valley Town Planner Joe Scott explained to council members prior to a public hearing on the matter that concerns from the neighboring community led to some changes in the owner’s plans. TDH Investments, LLC, had requested the zoning change from R2-2 (Residential; Multiple Dwelling Units) to RS (Residential and Services) in order to use the building, formerly a church, as a daycare facility. Adjacent lots were proposed for parking.

Nearby property owners attended a neighborhood meeting in March and shared their concerns. P&Z commissioners, after learning of the comments, tabled the application for zoning map change in order for the developer to refine his request.

Concerns included the fencing around the play area, increased traffic, outdoor lighting, and worry about possible future commercial uses in the area.

A traffic study estimated 241 daily vehicle trips for 59 students; 164 daily trips if enrollment remains at 40 students.

“Even if all new vehicle trips were generated from outside the community and used the Prescott Country Club Boulevard/Old Chisholm Trail intersection, it would continue to operate at acceptable service levels. Yavapai County’s only comment upon review of the Traffic Statement was to better define the driveways of the proposed facility on the county streets,” Scott wrote in his June 27 memo to council members.

Scott also told the council that lighting on the building or site must abide by the town’s Dark Sky ordinance.

As for fencing, the developer has agreed to replace the current 4-foot chain-link fence with a 6-foot block wall to help mitigate noise from the play area. The parking area requires a solid 4-foot screening wall for areas of more than eight parking spaces.

The developer has withdrawn one adjacent lot, Lot 29, from the zoning map request in order to provide an 80-foot buffer to the nearest residential unit.

No one spoke on the agenda item during the public hearing section, and council members had no questions; the vote to approve the request was unanimous.

In other action, council also rejected bids submitted for the Boys and Girls parking lot. Parks and Recreation Director Brian Witty said he would be modifying the project and would resend it out to bid.

Council also awarded a construction contract to Kenson Construction in the amount of $112,296 for a Watershed Restoration Action Plan involving using cut juniper brush to mitigate erosion on state land. The Juniper Silt Dam project is funded by grants from the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management and Arizona Water Protection Fund, both through the Town of Prescott Valley acting as fiscal agent for the Upper Verde River Watershed Protection Coalition.

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