The Payson Town Council on Thursday approved Barbara Underwood’s sometimes-controversial request to create 12 lots on 15 acres, without a word from the neighbors who packed earlier hearings on the subdivision.
However, Councilor Ed Blair abstained, citing his earlier opposition to the rezoning request, which was also opposed by the town’s planning commission. Underwood, who also serves on the school board, wanted to reduce minimum lot sizes from two acres to just over one acre after agreeing to trim two lots to mollify her neighbors.
“I voted against the rezoning along with five members of the planning commission and 80 percent of the neighbors,” said Blair on Thursday. “I had considered casting a symbolic vote against the plat plan, but on reflection decided to abstain.”
The council then approved the plat plan on a 5-0 vote, with Councilor Su Connell absent.
The plat plan will create 12 lots, which the Underwoods have said they hope to eventually sell to a developer.
The plat plan requires them to meet all the town’s drainage requirements, which require the use of grading and retention basins to contain on the property all the surface flow from rainfall, plus about 30 percent of the water flowing onto the property from adjoining land.
That will require a system of retention basins to capture runoff. The council has exempted other, recent projects from some of those requirements.
The plan also requires the developers to connect all of the lots to the Northern Gila County Sanitary District’s sewage treatment system.
The Underwoods have already footed the bill to extend the main trunk of the sewer system to the property.
The plan also requires the developer to submit plans for saving as many trees as possible before developing the property and abide by the grading and drainage requirements of the town’s hillside standards.
Neighbors who crowded town hall repeatedly during the long process of changing the zoning from two-acre lots to one-acre lots focused on the fears of neighbors that the development would ruin the character and views in the densely forested subdivision off Tyler Parkway.
No one spoke against the plat plan at Thursday’s meeting, although the Underwoods and their consultant sat quietly in the audience.