Land Zoned In Advance Of Swap

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Residents of the Diamond Point Summer Homes Association are working with Gila County to lock in zoning to keep their community from drastic changes once the land leaves Forest Service control.

"They want to keep things the way they are," said Terry Smith, director of the Gila County Development Division.

The proposed zoning, limiting construction to site-built units on no less than 18,000 square feet, was approved by the Gila County Planning and Zoning Commission last week.

The Diamond Point Summer Homes area is part of Forest Service land currently in the exchange process. The land is being exchanged with the homeowners for private property on the Q Ranch in Pleasant Valley, said Rod Byers of the Tonto Ranger District of the Tonto National Forest.

"By pre-zoning before it is out of the forest, the zoning will automatically be in place when the land is exchanged," Smith said.

He said he met with the homeowners' association representative late last year to discuss the proposal and had the group's agreement with the plan before presenting it to the commission.

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