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Hearing on 610-unit Buckeye development postponed

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BUCKEYE — Buckeye’s Planning and Zoning Commission will only meet for 23 minutes this month.

In its only September meeting, the commission only needed 23 minutes to hear a report from Adam Copeland, the city’s deputy director of planning services, about a few things happening in the near future.

The lone item on the published agenda, a plat approval for a 610-unit development called Legacy Trails, was postponed until the commission’s Oct. 12 meeting, at the applicant’s request.

Copeland’s report included planning for an Oct. 26 training and educational session for the commission. Staff and legal counsel will cover Robert’s Rules of Order, the roles of commissioners, open meetings laws, the development process in Arizona, which items require City Council approval and more.

A Nov. 9 workshop will focus exclusively on food trucks. This will include state law changes, a recent history of Buckeye code updates and an overview of what other Valley municipalities have happening with food trucks.

Copeland said the food truck presentation is at the request of a couple commissioners. He said city staff has had an increase in dialogue with food truck operators and had discussions about food trucks during the past year.

Copeland also said the Buckeye City Council will host an Oct. 19 workshop on the new bungalow-style houses developers are proposing in the area, with increasing frequency. He encouraged all commissioners to attend.

The Oct. 19 public workshop will take place at 4 p.m., ahead of the council’s regular 6 p.m. meeting. The workshop will mainly be a presentation by Development Director Brian Craig, who will take council questions.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, Vice Chair Deanna Kupcik announced that at-large Commissioner Thomas Marcinko died Sept. 12 at age 64. The city council will need to appoint a replacement.

The item postponed until Oct. 12, plat approval for Legacy Trails, involves a 200-acre tract of land.
Legacy Trails — formerly referred to as Cipolla — is south of the RID Canal and north of Elwood Street, between Dean Road and Rainbow
Road.

The average lot size for the 610 proposed units of 6,360 square feet.

The property was zoned planned residential back in 2001. The preliminary plat’s initial approval was granted in 2006.

The property is listed in the city’s general plan as with a density range of residential land uses in excess of one unit per acre.

The developer proposes to develop the project in two phases, Staff says the project conforms with the city’s general plan, future land use plan and parks and recreation master plan.

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