Commission Approves Zoning Change For Mclane

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In a Monday meeting that lasted close to four hours, the Payson Planning and Zoning Commission approved forwarding to the council one zoning request change, while denying another one.

The project zoning code request that will go to the council is located at 2009 N. McLane Road, and is owned by Terra Capital LLC.

The proposed zoning change would allow an 89-unit subdivision, including 26 single-family homes and 63 condominiums.

Resident Lori Meyers opposed the project and presented photos of flooding in her neighborhood, telling the commission the problem would worsen with a new subdivision.

She said neighbors were upset when they thought only 64 units were going to be built. Knowing the number was now set at 89 made it even worse, she said.

She said traffic is another concern as McLane Road is already a dangerous street and a haven for speeders.

Ralph Bossert, senior project manager for Tetra Tech Inc., assured the commission they will work to design and construct drainage feature improvements to resolve flooding concerns.

Commissioner James Scheidt wanted to know if there were any potential problems that would prevent the property owner from implementing and improving the drainage systems.

Denied

Property owners MTS Development LLC filed the zoning request proposal that was denied.

MTS requested to rezone a 92-acre property at 900, 1100 and 1101 N. Tyler Parkway to allow a 124-unit subdivision, including 44 single family homes, 40 condominiums, 20 town homes and 20 casitas.

After a lot of public comment, the commission told David West, a representative for MTS Development, that the company needed to be more creative.

"Mr. West, you have a nice start. It is not finished yet," Scheidt said.

Tabled

The commission also tabled a conditional use permit for James Keith, who was seeking to turn a garage into guest quarters for his elderly parents.

Commissioner Barbara Underwood said she hopes the 10 residents who voiced opposition to the project, and Keith will be able to work out a compromise before next month.

In other news, the commission:

  • Selected Scheidt as its new chairman and Hal Baas as its vice chair. Both will be ratified at their February meeting.
  • Scheduled its meetings in 2007 for 3 p.m. on the second Monday of the month except in November.

That meeting, because of a holiday, will be held on the first Monday of the month.

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