By Philip Haldiman, Independent Newsmedia
The Peoria City Council gave approval for nearly 40 new homes to be built at 99th and Olive avenues on about 10 acres.
The property was rezoned from General Agricultural to Trenton Park Planned Area Development, which would allow for the development of up to 38 homes at a density of nearly four dwelling units per acre.
Construction has been proposed for summer.
Panning and Community Development Director Chris Jacques said the PAD includes a minimum lot size of 5,175 square feet, ranging from 5,175 square feet to 9,040 square feet with about13 percent of the lots more than 6,000 square feet.
The PAD allows a maximum height of 30 feet or one- and two-story homes, thereby aligning with the adjacent Rio Estates development.
The builder is Phoenix-based Garrett-Walker Homes that have developed other Peoria projects Olive Park and Townley Park.
Trenton Place is to have about 1.93 acres of open space, consisting of a ramada, benches, a play structure, pedestrian connection to the New River corridor and a turf area large enough to accommodate three soccer fields, which will include two sets of weather resistant and movable soccer goals that the Homeowner’s Association will maintain.
A turf area located in the southwest portion of the development, abutting Olive Avenue to the south and a fire house to the west, is large enough to accommodate three soccer practice fields. The developer will provide movable and weather resistant soccer goals for two of these fields. Soccer goals will be maintained by the homeowner’s association, according to a city staff report.
The General Plan and the Zoning Ordinance require all Planned Area Developments to be between 10 and 600 acres, but this project falls just below the requirement. However, the minimum acreage can be waived if it is in the public’s best interest and if specific conditions exist on the property. Staff believed granting the waiver was in the best interest of the public because the property is irregularly shaped and has consequently remained vacant for 25 years while surrounding development has occurred.
The Peoria Planning Commission Feb. 15 approved Trenton Place, 3-1, with Commissioner Joanna Conde dissenting.