Chino council approves rezoning for duplex project
Resident voices concerns about drainage
Chino Valley could see a new duplex project on Center Street after the Chino Valley Town Council approved a request to rezone nearly three acres of land to multi-family residential at its regular meeting Tuesday, Feb. 26.
Located on 2.85 acres about one-fourth of a mile east of Highway 89, the project would have nine duplexes consisting of 18 residences, Associate Planner Alex Lerma said. Several issues concerning it were brought up at a neighborhood meeting held on Monday, Jan. 14.
Water was one of those issues as residents were concerned that the density of the project would deplete the water level they have in their wells, he said.
“The project is going to be using a well site that will be regulated … through the town,” Lerma said. “At this point, the applicant will need to prove that he has enough water to sustain this type of project.”
There were also questions of drainage. Once the applicant is ready to submit for building permits, he will be required to submit a drainage plan, Lerma said. The plan will need to dictate how the drainage will contain any development-created runoff and account for any offsite flow entering the property, he said.
Chino Valley Resident Jim Clark, who has lived on Center Street for 30 years, also voiced some concerns related to drainage and groundwater. Clark said when he brought up his concerns at the Planning and Zoning meeting he was told not to worry because the original zoning was agriculture — which uses a lot more water than residences.
“In the 30 years I’ve been there, that well has never been used for agriculture,” Clark said. “From where I sit, I just had a pump in my well replaced. The last time I had it replaced was 13 years ago, my water level has dropped 15 feet in the last 14 years.”
Where he sits on Center Street, he has to subtract the withdrawal from what Prescott is doing plus what anything else is doing, he said.
Lerma mentioned other concerns residents spoke of at the neighborhood meeting, such as whether or not the project’s density fits into the area.
Within a half-mile radius of the property, there are several high density properties including Granite Creek Apartments which has 8.1 units per acre, Lerma said.
The rezoning was approved in a 5-1 decision with the conditions that the property shall conform to the site plan, there shall be a block wall along all of the property except for the front line and should the development happen in phases, the block wall shall be completed during the first phase.
Councilman Cloyce Kelly voted against the motion and Councilwoman Annie Lane was absent.