Payson Town Council Action From April 27, 2006

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Payson Town Council Action April 27, 2006

The issue: Payson Development Group's request for the rezoning of 8.2 acres for Mogollon Ridge subdivision at 2009 N. McLane Road, behind The Home Depot. The rezoning increases density from one house per every 4 acres to one house per 6,000 square feet.

How it affects the community: Over the past five months, the Payson Town Council has postponed taking action on this issue, Part of the delay resulted from the council's requirement for Payson Development Group to secure a water source, which they did amid community conflict, for the process to begin. During Thursday evening's meeting, residents from Payson Pines and Payson Ranchos expressed concerns over drainage issues, and increased traffic and speeding. Members of the council, the public works staff, the developers and the audience discussed solutions such as speed humps and road improvements. The motion passed 6-1 with a dissenting vote from Councilor Dick Reese.

The next step: Horton and associate Mark Perry said they'd work with town and local residents to resolve community concerns. With the OK to move forward, Payson Development Group can begin work on a preliminary plat, which covers engineering and infrastructure planning.

The issue: KDS Construction Co. LLC's application for the rezoning of Boulder Ridge subdivision -- 16.7 acres off N. Tyler Parkway.

How it affects the community: Sokol originally planned to build 86 units on this property. Neighbors Nick and Maureen Brotcke objected to the project and through negotiations, Sokol pared his subdivision to a 28-unit townhome and 23 residential lots. He also donated a portion of his land to build a park and affordable-workforce housing. The council unanimously accepted his application.

The next step: Sokol will enter into the preliminary plat phase and must meet several conditions, including providing a water supply.

In other issues:

The Payson Development Group asked the council to delay a rezoning request until May 11 for the 64-acre Forest Edge subdivision.

The Payson Police Department will seek a grant to purchase a mobile radar detector that will photograph speeding vehicles. The council proposed purchasing an additional unit, specifically for McLane Road, in lieu of speed controls such as humps and roundabouts.

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