Town Considers Regulations To Shape Green Valley Area

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A proposed plan to make the Main Street redevelopment area more pedestrian friendly will be considered by the Payson Town Council during a public hearing Thursday night.


The proposed amendment to the Unified Development Code would establish a Special Plan District overlay zoning for certain properties within the Green Valley Redevelopment Area..


Filed by the Community Development Department, the application applies only to certain properties within the redevelopment area centered around the Main Street, Beeline Highway and McLane Road triangle.


According to a department report, the intent of the overlay regulations is to provide greater flexibility in the application of development standards.


"The modification to our current standards is intended to recognize the unique characteristics of the Main St. area," the report states.


A major goal during the planning process for the Green Valley Redevelopment Area was to recognize significant issues unique to this section of Payson. Among them:


• The crime rate for this area was found to be much higher than any other area in town.


• There were a significant number of deteriorated structures within the area.


• Current regulations geared toward highway commercial are not adequate to encourage pedestrian development.


The intent of the regulations is to encourage "a more compact form of development which encourages pedestrian activity," the report states.


Also at Thursday's meeting at Town Hall, Town Manager Richard Underkofler will submit a council decision request to approve architect Rex Hinshaw's schematic plans for a judges stand at the new multi-event center, and to authorize preparation of construction plans and competitive bids for the structure.


This proposal comes on the heels of one rejected at the last council meeting -- a metal building which would have cost $16,000. The new plan calls for a custom, stick-built structure with an estimate cost of $30,000, to be financed from the contingency fund unless a sponsor can be found to underwrite the cost.


If given an immediate go-ahead, Underkofler believes the structure could be completed by the August rodeo.


Underkofler will also submit a request to finalize an ongoing council debate regarding additional bleacher seats for the multi-event center. The current plan would be to acquire up to four bleacher sets, each of which would accommodate about 400 persons.

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