Buckeye OKS Tartesso amendment

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Buckeye Development Board members approved two rezonings and an amendment to the Tartesso Community master plan that will make way for more houses, including more high-density houses for the area surrounding what is planned to be the largest regional mall in the Valley.

“The Tartesso Town Center is 500 acres. It is the largest regional complex in the Valley,” Tartesso representative and attorney Stephen Earl said.

The plan for the center includes spaces for a regional mall, neighborhood mall, auto mall and a hospital, Earl said.

“Nobody has put that much synergy into one place,” he added.

The two rezonings, which covered 362 acres of the development, and the community master plan amendment allowed for higher-density housing around the town center.

“The density next to the regional mall will be higher — drive by any mall and you will see apartment complexes, town houses and condos,” Earl said, adding that employees need a place to live near the center.

Areas of the community master plan that are close to the foothills have a lower density, Earl said.

“You have asked for no development above a 50 percent slope, and we have done that, and we have created a new zoning — medium low density — to feather density so it is lower closer to the foothills,” Earl said.

The entire community master plan includes 3,236 residential units at a density of 3.61 units per acre.

The 500-acre regional town center is planned in a prime location, Earl said.

“It is the perfect number of miles away from other large malls, and it has major north/south and east/west arterials,” he said.

Development Board member Tana Wrublick expressed concerns that the land acquired by Stardust, developer of Tartesso, was being blanketed under the old community master plan agreement.

“Is this usual for a new property to fall under the old CMP or are we just doing this?” Wrublick asked.

Bringing the matter before the board for approval was the only way to do that, Earl said.

In other business, the board:

  • Approved three annexations totaling approximately 225 acres.
  • Approved an area plan and rezoning for 458 acres generally located at the northeast and northwest corners of Rainbow and Baseline Roads.
  • Approved an area plan and rezoning for 540 acres generally located between Rooks and Ogelsby Roads and MC85 and Hazen Road.
  • Approved the master site plan and phase one site plan for the proposed 56-acre Verrado resort.

    Robin Clayton can be reached by e-mail at rclayton@westvalleyview.com.

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