Gilbert adopts development amendments for Gateway Airport areas

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The Gilbert Town Council adopted land-use amendments for the the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Overlay District as part of a larger effort to clean up the land code.

For the overlay district, the amendments updated land-use policies and standards that relate to airport noise compatibility, airspace protection and flight safety.

The district designates an area in town that is or may be impacted by noise generated by aircraft; mitigates the effects of aircraft noise on the public health, welfare and safety; and identifies and mitigates flight hazards.

Council Member Jared Taylor expressed concern the code changes were unnecessary because of Federal Aviation Administration regulations and that the changes could hinder, rather than protect, businesses.

Despite Taylor’s concerns, council approved the changes March 21 by a 5-2 margin with Council Member Aimee Yentes joining Taylor in dissent.

Liquor licenses

Taylor also opposed two applications for liquor licenses that came before council. The first was at the newly opened Cactus Yards ballyards facility, which has two restaurants among its amenities. Taylor said he was against the application because Cactus Yards is a public park, although its purpose is different from other public parks. Taylor also noted the facility is adjacent to a church.

The second application was for One Stop Gas and Food Mart at 777 W. Ray Road, Gilbert, which Taylor said is near a preschool.

However, council voted 6-1 to approve each license.

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Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.
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