Supervisors Reject Home Rezoning Request

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The Gila County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday rejected a rezoning request that would have allowed a manufactured home to be located in the Gisela Heights subdivision in Gisela.

Bob Gould, speaking on behalf of Gisela Heights property owner Larry Alexander, asked the board to rezone Alexander's property to allow him to put a manufactured home on the site.

Current zoning in Gisela Heights does not allow placement of manufactured homes in the neighborhood,

Payson resident Marjeane Easley, a sales executive with Realty Executives, opposed Alexander's request.

"It's one of the only neighborhoods left in Gisela that doesn't have manufactured homes and trailers in it," she said.

"I don't understand why (Alexander) feels he needs to place a manufactured home in that particular neighborhood, there are plenty of opportunities on other properties in Gisela where he could put one," Easley said.

Easley said all of the homes in Gisela Heights are site-built. If the board allowed manufactured homes in the neighborhood the value of surrounding property could be lowered, she said.

Val Greenbaugh, speaking in Alexander's behalf, said property values would not decline because appraisers look at like-kind properties when assessing values.

He said because Gisela itself has numerous manufactured homes, property values in Gisela Heights would not suffer if Alexander were permitted to place one in the site-built neighborhood.

On a 2--1 vote, the board rejected Alexander's request. Vice Chairperson Tommie Martin and Chairman Jose Sanchez opposed the rezoning and Shirley Dawson voted to approve.

In other action, the board:

  • Approved submitting a $400,000 grant application by the Gila County Division of Health and Community Services for Women, Infants and Children Special Services to remodel the Central Heights County Complex building;
  • Approved a request from the Arizona Department of Water Resources to get access to a Strawberry water well borehole to monitor the site;
  • Approved the advertisement for sealed bids for the purchase of chips and asphalt for the Gila County Public Works Consolidated Roads Depart-ment.

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