By The Glendale Star
With a unanimous vote of its board of directors May 25, the Glendale Chamber of Commerce has issued a formal statement of support for the development of StoneHaven by John F. Long Properties and Pulte Homes. The letter was sent to the mayor and council, as well as the city manager and economic development department.
“This project will further build on the economic momentum surrounding Westgate, Glendale and the West Valley,” the statement read in part. “We believe this project adds to the vibrancy of Glendale by offering both existing and potential new members of the community yet another choice of where to live, work and play.”[Glendale Momentum]
While the original development was unanimously approved by Glendale City Council more than a year ago, LVA Urban Design Studios, representing John F. Long Properties, is seeking a general plan amendment and zoning request approval to reduce the lot size and square footage of a limited number of homes within the master-planned community situated between Bethany Home and Camelback Roads and 83rd and 91st avenues in the Yucca District.
According to a city planning department report, the developer proposes amending the general plan to medium-high residential for 64 acres of medium-density residential. In addition, the developer is requesting rezoning of 363.4 acres of residential parcels to allow for an additional 231 lots. The change would increase the proposed number of homes to 1,392 from 1,161.
While the city planning department has recommended approval of the general plan amendment and rezoning request, a majority of the planning commission voted to deny both measures in a May 18 decision. The modifications of this planned area development will now go before city council June 27 for a final decision.
Yucca Councilmember Joyce Clark is opposed to the proposed changes and represents more than 1,000 local residents who have signed and submitted petitions of opposition.
“An investment of this magnitude is a commitment by all parties involved; we strongly encourage you to work in partnership to produce an outcome benefiting our community,” the endorsement continued. “The potential of this project seems overwhelmingly positive!”
The Glendale Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of nearly 1,200 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals. Its mission is to provide leadership that facilitates the creation of a prosperous regional economy and effective advocacy for its members.