The requested changes will be presented to the Planning Commission on Nov. 5 for their recommendation, and to the Town Council on Dec. 5 for final action. The requests for this year are:
- Queen Creek Station (GPA12-049): The various properties previously included in the 2007 Queen Creek Station Major General Plan Amendment have now been transferred to different owners. Fulton Homes has filed a request to amend the approved plan on behalf of all the current owners to realign Ellsworth and Queen Creek roads, delete much of the proposed mixed-use designation, and reconfigure the single family residential areas to accommodate a density of 3-5 dwelling units per acre (du/ac).
- Bellero (GPA12-048): Approximately 120 acres, located west of Pegasus Airpark and east of Ellsworth Road, are currently designated "Very Low Density Residential," allowing a density of up to 1 du/ac. The property has been purchased by a group interested in amending the land use designation to allow a mixture of larger and smaller lots and have filed a request to amend the General Plan to allow "Low Density Residential," which would allow up to 2 du/ac.
- Master Planned Community Definition Modification (GPA12-047): The Queen Creek General Plan shows an area in the San Tan foothills as designated as a future "Master Planned Community" with a density of up to 1 du/ac. The owners of the property with this designation have filed a request as a group to increase the overall allowed density to be increased to 1.8 du/ac, to help offset the higher development costs that will be required.
- Aggregate Identification (GPA12-050): With the approval of Senate Bill 1598 in April 2011, local communities are required to identify those areas within their General Plan where viable aggregate deposits may exist and to incorporate measures maintain the future develop potential of these resources. Town staff has reviewed the State's geologic information for Queen Creek and determined there may be no viable deposits in our community, and has proposed this text change to bring the Town into compliance with the State requirement, should deposits be identified in the future.
- Realignment and construction of Signal Butte and Meridian roads (GPA12-051): Town staff has proposed this amendment to incorporate the realigned Signal Butte Road into the Transportation and Circulation Element of the General Plan approved by the Council as part of the Barney Farms project, in addition to the recommendations made by the Arizona Department of Transportation and others regarding the future construction of both Signal Butte and Meridian roads.
- Transit Oriented Design: Both the recently completed ULI Advisory Report and the ASU Capstone Study encouraged the Town to consider incorporating more transit-oriented design concepts in new higher density projects, particularly in the Town Center. Town staff has proposed this change to officially incorporate the recommendations of these two studies into the General Plan.