Development projects in Prescott Valley proceed
Fairgrounds RV park approved; Dorn Homes project almost there
Three proposed developments in Prescott Valley are each one step closer to breaking ground after unanimous approvals at the Thursday, May 23, Prescott Valley Town Council meeting.
Public hearings were held for each proposed development. Two passed swiftly without comment from the public or discussion by council members, while one was a bit more contentious.
One of those swiftly approved was a request by Fairgrounds RV LLC to develop an RV park and RV storage facility on 6.88 acres located at the southeast corner of Highway 89A and County Fair Trail, at the north end of the former Yavapai County Fairgrounds.
This is part of the 197 acres zoned Public Lands in 2001. The project will provide for 77 RV park spaces, 26 RV storage spaces and a 1,440-square-feet office building. An existing 15-acre RV park is located directly south of the service road.
The other proposal that was moved forward without debate was a request by Link Development for zoning change from RCU-70 (Residential and Services-Planned Area Development) on five acres at the southeast corner of Viewpoint and Long Look drives.
The developer is proposing a senior living facility with several options including individual living in 25 apartment-style units, six cottages (planned for a later date), assisted living in 75 units with 90 beds, and memory care in 22 units with 30 beds.
“There was a concern from the public during the Planning and Zoning meeting about workforce availability for the number of facilities that are coming into this area and the lack of certified staffing to be able to staff these facilities,” Community Development Director Richard Parker said during the Town Council meeting.
However, no one from the public spoke about this or any other concern related to the project at Thursday’s meeting, so the council simply approved the zoning change and moved on.
The development that drew the most attention is proposed by Dorn Homes. The Prescott-area home builder has been working with the town since March to approve building plans on a 40-acre property east of Highway 69 and south of Bradshaw Mountain Road near the Quailwood subdivision.
Initially, Dorn Homes wanted to build apartment buildings, but many Quailwood residents objected, so the home builder scrapped the apartments for a total of 212 single-family units and duplexes. Several Quailwood residents expressed appreciation for this change at Thursday’s meeting, but were still concerned about the increased vehicle traffic the development will create at the entrance to the Quailwood community.
“I don’t think anyone is really against the project, it’s just the road,” Quailwood resident Mike Siavelis said.
However, an April traffic impact analysis estimates 212 units would generate, at full buildout, 1,175 additional vehicles per day, which the project’s traffic engineer stated is well within the capacity for the roadway even when factoring in the traffic from the 2,100 units in Quailwood.
Parker said he will be reading a statement from the project’s traffic engineer stating just this at the next regular council meeting on June 13, which is when the project will be up for final approval.
OTHER COUNCIL ACTIONS
The Prescott Valley Town Council also unanimously approved the following during Thursday’s meeting:
• Adopting the tentative 2019-20 budget for $103,681,937 and set a public hearing on the budget for June 27.
• Awarding the construction contract for fiscal year 2019-20 annual chip seal program to Earth Resources Corporation for a bid amount of up to $1,098,795.
• Adopting the 2018 International Building and Technical Codes.
• Paying an additional $68,326 to Civiltec Engineering to bid future water tanks as two separate projects and changing from concrete storage to steel for the Stoneridge and Summit 2 water tanks.
• Awarding the construction contract for the Stoneridge Water Tank Project to Paul R. Peterson Construction, Inc., in the amount of $2,029,631.50.
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