Another housing project on track in far north Peoria

Peoria City Council will consider a request to rezone about 40 acres to make way for 120 single-family homes in far north Peoria. [Submitted map]

120 lots proposed for 40 acres

By Philip Haldiman
Independent Newsmedia

Another housing development could be coming to the far northern part of Peoria.

The Peoria Planning and Zoning Commission recommended a project to city council to allow for the development of a 120-lot single-family residential community called Granite Hills near the future Dysart Road alignment and Ridgeline Road.

Planner Randy Proch said the proposed subdivision is located immediately south of Sonoran Place, a single-family subdivision currently under construction, and located west of Trilogy at Vistancia, an age-restricted community.

Peoria City Council will consider a request to rezone about 40 acres from Suburban Ranch to Granite Hills Planned Area Development Oct. 16.

Granite Hills is the newest proposed project on the heels of other approved  housing projects in the far northern part of the city. Most recently council approved Haciendas at White Peak, Aug, 14, rezoning about 60 acres in far northwest Peoria to make way for a 152-lot single-family residential. Last summer, the city council approved the 40 acre, 122-lot  Sonoran Place community at the southeast corner of Dysart Road and Dixileta Parkway.

The proposed Granite Hills site abuts the Dysart Road alignment along its west border.

Undeveloped, privately owned land is located further west and additionally bounds the south edge of this proposal.

Mr. Proch said the proposed development would consist of single-family homes with lot sizes ranging from 5,520 square feet to 7,875 square feet.

Builder Taylor Morrison will be providing a large entry feature with detached sidewalks providing a tree lined canopy on both sides of the primary road into the subdivision and through the central median to create a sense of arrival. The site also includes natural and improved open space, a centralized area for recreational amenities, and trail connections throughout the community, he said.

About 30 percent, or 35 lots, of the total lots will only be 48 feet wide.

Commissioner Joanna Conde had concerns with such a small width.

Homes that size sell the first time but are harder to re-sell, she said.

“Forty-eight feet is a very narrow lot. I wish that developers would come in with something wider than 48 feet or 50 feet,” she said. “I think it is very narrow and you see the results later. Fifteen feet wide is often not  wide enough to plant a tree that would shade a house. Then we end up a having heat island where the backyards aren’t shaded, the walls aren’t shaded and it is a problem.”

However, Commissioner Clay Allsop said such homes have a market.

“I’m the youngest commissioner here, and I wouldn’t be able to live where I live if my lot were five feet wider because it would have cost $10,000 to $20,000 more,” he said. “So I support anything that helps get a little more diversity in that ZIP code because many people my age are struggling to make down payments and we need quality homebuilders that will come in and provide a product that can accommodate young families rather than more mature families.”


Development information
Project: Granite Hills
Existing use: Vacant/undeveloped
Proposed use: 120 single-family residences
Property size: 39.92 acres
Proposed  density: 3 dwelling units per acre
Building height: 30 feet on most homes
Open Space: 11.84 acres or 31 percent

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