Gilbert Town Council moves to encourage vertical mixed-use development


In its last meeting of the 2018-19 fiscal year, the Gilbert Town Council adopted proposed changes to the zoning code in an effort to encourage vertical mixed-use development.

Council approved a pair of resolutions to achieve that means. The first change eliminated allowing a conditional use permit to develop multifamily residential housing in regional commercial zones.

The second change creates a high-density multifamily zoning district as a replacement method for building vertical mixed-use development.

The first resolution passed on a 5-1 vote with Council Member Jordan Ray voting in dissent. Council Member Jared Taylor was absent. The second resolution passed 6-0 after Ray offered an amendment that preserved town requirements on including open space.

Since October 2018, council has discussed ways to change the zoning to encourage vertical mixed-use detail, such as developments that have residential lofts above first floor retail space.

In other actions, council appointed David Cutchen as presiding judge of the Gilbert Municipal Court, with Mayor Jenn Daniels swearing in Cutchen, who will serve through June 30, 2021. Cutchen was an associate judge on the court.

Sasan Poureetezadi was also introduced as the town’s first chief technology officer. Poureetezadi had been chief strategy officer for economic development in the Maricopa Community Colleges and before that served as Mesa Community College’s interim president from 2016-18.

The council will not meet again until Aug. 1.

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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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