BUCKEYE — In need of more housing for both current and new residents, the Buckeye Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of more 2,000 housing units at Tuesday’s meeting.
Spread across six items that are at various stages of permitting and approval, the items will help Buckeye grow even more than its 100,000 residents.
One of the items the board unanimously approved a site plan for First Street at Skyline. That’s a proposed bungalow-style, 222-unit rental community on about 26 acres, which is the first planned component of the 143-acre Mountain View Business Park.
Mountain View is a mixed-use development along McDowell Road at the future Dean Road alignment.
Sienna Hills, a single-family residential development, is located north of the proposed development, across McDowell Road.
The staff report boasts the plan includes 54% open space. The density would be about 8.61 units per acre.
“That’s rather small for a facility such as this,” said Buckeye planner Bart Wingard.
The board approved five other items at Tuesday’s meeting. One was a site plan for Trillium Village 3’s “community core” — a proposed 41-acre community center and park site development.
The Trillium development is located north and west of Sun Valley Parkway and Wintersburg Parkway, noth of Interstate 10.
The elaborate facility would serve the residents of Trillium in the way some of the Sun City Festival facilities serve residents of that community.
The site plan includes a 7.6-acre lake, a boardwalk, a community facility, a fitness center, a transitional landscape palette and a park.
Excluded from this site plan submittal is a remaining mixed-use site to the north of the community core, which is about 14 acres. That parcel will be developed at a later date.
According to a Buckeye city staff report, the water supply for Trillium will be provided by groundwater wells distributed throughout the community.
Wingard said the 7.6 acre lake will use reclaimed water.
Heritage West is a housing project up for preliminary plat approval. The 211-acre site is on the southeast corner of Miller and Broadway roads. Its preliminary plat is one of three the board recommended for approval Tuesday.
The project includes 827 lots with about 51 acres of landscaped open space. There are three lot sizes proposed.
Verrado Victory District phases 9 and 10 are also up for preliminary plat approval. This 173-acre plat is intended to create 504 single-family residential lots beyond the western end of Bethany Home Road and northwest of Tiger Mountain Road.
Its preliminary plats were recommended for approval Tuesday as well.
Lastly, the preliminary plat for the 96 single-family Encanto 38 residential lots, on about 36 acres, was also recommended for approval. With a commercial lot on 4 acres at the western edge, located between Jackrabbit Trail and 191st Avenue along Monte Vista Road, the density would be 2.6 units per acre.
Vice Chair Teddy Burton thanked the applicant for reducing the total number of lots, slightly, to accommodate views and sightlines of residents in the area.
The 38-plus total acreage was recently the subject of one of the city’s most contentious annexations of the past year.
The preliminary plat for the EPS Group’s 564 San Madera lots are near the northwest corner of Broadway and Watson roads. The 151-acre plat would have a density of 3.74 homes per acre. The board agreed to table a hearing on the plat at the applicant’s request.
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