Projects trickle in Surprise open space around Prasada

Council awaits Fulton final plat


Two proposed developments in the Prasada area looms as a key to unlocking one of the few remaining undeveloped parcels set aside for housing in Surprise’s main body — south of Grand Avenue.

One is out in the open — the Surprise City Council unanimously approved the preliminary plat for Fulton Homes at Prasada at its April 20 meeting. The plat is west of Reems Road on 110 acres just south of Waddell Road and north of Sweetwater Avenue. It calls for a total of 547 home lots.

Surprise Community Development Director Chris Boyd stated in an email that as of July 21 the final plat for this development is still under review and has yet to heard by the council. Other development milestones, such as submission of a home product review, standard plans and model home complex, also need to be reviewed and approved by city staff.

A denser project is in the works just west of Fulton’s site.

“Hancock Homes is building a cottage/bungalow style multifamily project just to the west of the Fulton project,” Boyd stated in the email.

Boyd also stated the Hancock project final plat and site plan are still under review and have not been heard by Planning and Zoning or the City Council.

Introducing the Fulton development for the first time during a March Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, Surprise Long Range Planner Joshua Mike set the tone for what the Prasada Urban Village will be. Fulton’s development is envisioned as a traditional single-family development that will start a neighborhood that becomes increasingly dense closer to Loop 303.

“As a progression of what the planned-area development has for this site, it gets progressively more urban as you go toward Sarival Road. The project taking up the first northeast corner is a more low- to medium-density, single-family project,” Mike said April 20.

The Prasada Urban Village is west Marley Park and takes up the bulk of the acre bounded by Cactus, Reems and Waddell roads and Sarival Avenue.

If Fulton at Prasada is approved, its homes will have full access from Waddell Road for fire safety.

Mike said Sweetwater and Reems is a mid-block street and eventually will have a traffic signal. No timetable has been set for the signal. He also said the Sweetwater alignment should avoid cut-through traffic.

During the April 20 presentation, Councilman Ken Remley said he was concerned about a half-finished Sweetwater Road by the developer, with the city having to finish the southern portion of the road.

“Fulton Homes will be building a full street for Sweetwater from Reems to their entrance. The developer to the south, when they come in — which could be the same developer — will then build the second half of Sweetwater to the edge of that development. When the final plat comes in, it should reflect the same thing,” Assistant Planning Director Lloyd Abrams said.

The plat sets aside 17 acres, or 22% of the total project, for open space.

Off-street parking is available next the development’s two small HOA parks, not just in front of adjacent houses.

“Two things that I’m really excited to see in this community is that they are putting a pool in for residents as well as the tot- and family-friendly areas and the pedestrian walks,” Councilwoman Alyson Cline said.

Mike said in March the plat calls for four distinctly different single-family housing products, in keeping with the city’s recent changes to its Land Development Ordinances.

That variety begins with 112 rear-loaded alley lots.

“This developer chose to do alleyways with some of their narrower lots as a way to accommodate on street parking in front of these homes,” Mike said April 20.