Just days ago, the Arizona Supreme Court turned down a referendum that would have granted residents the opportunity to vote on Payson Town Council Resolution 2089.
At Thursday's 7 p.m. meeting in Town Hall, council will discuss how to proceed.
"We didn't get any advance information," said Town Manager Fred Carpenter. "I don't have any idea where this is going."
The resolution allows the town to pay the owners of a well, Roy Haught and George Randall, for any excess water after Michael Horton takes what he needs to build three proposed subdivisions in Payson.
At the same meeting, the council will listen to public comment before considering Horton's application to change the zoning of 8.2 acres slated for development at 2009 N. McLane Rd. Horton is seeking the rezoning to accommodate 35 single-family detached lots and two tracts. As it stands, the zoning dictates one home per four acres.
"It's very low density," Carpenter said.
The rezoning would allow one house per 6,000 square feet.
"If the town were to say ‘no,' (Horton could) come back with another plan," Carpenter said. "If you don't have new water, you can only do a 20-lot subdivision. This (rezoning) would require new water."
Residents interested in voicing their opinions are invited to submit their statements in writing or appear in person.