305-Acre Subdivision Proposed On Doll Baby Road

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A proposed large housing subdivision just outside Payson is in the early planning stages.

The Doll Baby Ranch subdivision is currently zoned for four-acre lots and the owner, Chris Anderson, is asking the county to rezone it to one-acre lots.

Bob Gould from the county's planning and zoning department said the subdivision covers about 305 acres.

The owner wants to subdivide the property and build 180 to 185 lots.

Gould said the Gila County Planning and Zoning Commission still needs to make a recommendation to the county board of supervisors.

The commission recommended the plan to the board in August, but was informed the plan needed to be amended before they could vote on the issue.

On Oct. 24 at 10 a.m., the Gila County Board of Supervisors will consider rezoning the land.

First, Gila County District 1 Supervisor Tommie Martin said, there are some questions that need to be answered.

"They have the land for it," she said. "The idea is, do they have the water for it?"

Martin also wants to know what the owner will do to provide fire protection as the subdivision is about eight miles outside of Payson on a winding dirt road.

"If they were to catch fire, who would come?" Martin asked.

Martin also said she has no idea how quickly the proposed subdivision could be completed.

"It depends how well they did their individual planning, and how well they answer the questions. There is a process to go through," she said.

Martin said she has seen some subdivisions go up as quickly as six months while others have taken as long as two to three years.

-- To reach Michael Maresh call 474-5251 ext. 112 or e-mail mmaresh@payson.com.

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