City Council paves way for more single-family homes at meeting

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Chandler City Council approved the rezoning of just over 24 acres for future single-family homes at a meeting Aug. 5.

Council approved an ordinance rezoning of about 5 acres from the city’s agricultural district and about 19.2 acres from the Planned Area Development for multifamily homes to Planned Area Development for single-family homes. The land, located on the northwest corner of Alma School and Queen Creek roads, will result in 199 single-family homes in a development that will be called Mariposa.

Neighborhood meetings were held in February 2019 and April 2018 where residents from the Clemente Ranch single-family residential subdivision expressed opposition to the proposed development “due to the smaller sized lots, the perceived ‘substandard’ homes, and density, to name a few issues,” according to city documents.

The developer sent an email response to questions from the meetings, according to city documents, and public hearing notices were sent out May 6, but city staff have not received further comments or concerns.

City documents state there will be about eight dwelling units per acre in the proposed development.

Also at the meeting, council approved the de-annexation of about 0.68 acres to the town of Gilbert at the 148th Street alignment between the Chandler Heights and Brooks Farm roads alignment, east of Veterans Oasis Park and north of Chandler Heights. Council also approved a related item for the disposition of about 0.67 acres of land along the east side of Veterans Oasis Park to the town of Gilbert for the future development and maintenance of about a half-mile stretch of 148th Street north of Chandler Heights.

The council will meet again Aug. 8 for more regularly scheduled business.

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