Council To Vote On Mogollon Ridge Rezoning

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The Payson Town Council Thursday night will hold a second reading for the rezoning of land for the Mogollon Ridge subdivision at 2009 N. McLane Road.

At the most recent council meeting, neighbors protested the rezoning, citing drainage issues and worries over increased traffic.

Mark Perry, a representative for property owner Terra Capital, requested the rezoning.

The number of homes for the Mogollon Ridge subdivision, according to the rezoning, cannot exceed 26 lots and 63 condominiums.

Mayor Bob Edwards at the Feb. 15 public hearing advised the developers that major work would have to be done before the rezoning issue came back before the council.

Because homeowners have filed a protest to the rezoning, the provisions of the ordinance would only become effective with a three-fourths vote of all members of the council.

In order for the council to approve the subdivision rezoning, the developers were required to contribute to the town's affordable/work force housing program.

Perry, at the Feb. 15 council meeting, said that priority for the affordable housing would be given to school employees and employees of Terra Capital.

Council members Tim Fruth and Ed Blair thought that the developer's employees should not be included, and called it "self-serving."

Perry conceded that giving Terra Capital employees priority could be construed as self-serving.

The council also mandated that the developer comply with its commitments related to improving the drainage situation in the downstream area. Neighbors fear that houses will reduce the amount of open land available to absorb water during a heavy rainstorm, increasing the flooding surrounding homes already experience.

If the town council approves the second reading of the rezoning, it would be rezoned in 30 days.

However, if any of the nine conditions are not met or the developer does not have an approved final plat within two years of the approved date of the zoning change, the rezoning may revert back to its original zoning.

The council, at Thursday's meeting, will also listen to a presentation from Payson Parks and Recreation Coordinator Mary McMullen on the trails system, and will decide whether to approve the adoption of the Payson Area Trail System (PATS).

For a complete agenda of Thursday's council meeting, visit http://www.ci.payson.az.us/ Council/agendas/2007/03-01-07.

The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at Payson Town Hall.

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