Council To Make Main Street Investor-Friendly


Soon, the Main Steet redevelopment area will not only be more pedestrian friendly, but also more private-investor friendly, if a plan unanimously passed Thursday by the Payson Town Council works as planned.

The Unified Development Code amendment establishes an overlay zoning for a 300-acre Green Valley Redevelopment area centered around the Main Street, Beeline Highway and McLane Roadway triangle.

Community Development Director Bob Gould, who filed the application, said the plan's primary objective is to promote private investment and give developers more options. He said the new code could allow for such things as outdoor sidewalk cafes and changes in lot-size requirements. It will also create specific design standards for new construction on Main Street, focusing on materials such as wood and stone.

Also finalized after months of council debate was the issue of additional bleacher seats for the multi-event center, brought back to the table by Town Manager Richard Underkofler. The council approved the expenditure of $14,000 for bleacher rentals for the August rodeo which would bring the total seating capacity to 3,330.

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