Rezoning Of North Tyler Parkway Back On Council Agenda

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The Payson Town Council will hold a second reading and public hearing involving two ordinances that will affect development in town at Thursday night's meeting.

The first involves the rezoning of 92 acres near North Tyler Parkway, making it possible for 74 single-family residential lots and 40 attached housing units to be constructed in the Mogollon Views subdivision.

Opponents of the ordinance, mostly nearby residents, showed up in droves when the council held the first reading of the ordinance on May 3. Residents have expressed their disapproval at the proposal to build so many homes in the area.

Town Manager Fred Carpenter said he expects a large public response once again.

"I wouldn't be surprised if we had a pretty good turnout again," he said.

A doubling of the water development fee, from $3,785 to $7,570, will be discussed for the second time.

Payson Public Works Director Buzz Walker said the fee is used to search for new water sources for the town.

The fee imposed on new hookups in town has not been increased since 1998.

The council will also consider contracting with Coffman Associates to begin the process of updating the airport's master plan.

Carpenter said once the town hires a consulting firm, the process of improving the airport will begin.

He said the consulting firm will "lead the efforts" and work with a committee that will be established to review "every aspect of the airport."

The process could take as long as 14 months, Carpenter said, and could begin as early as mid-July or early August.

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