Rezoning approval paves way for planned Chandler business park

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The Chandler City Council on Thursday approved the rezoning of a 29-acre parcel near the southwestern corner of Price and Willis roads from agricultural to commercial to make way for a business park.

The site, in the South Price Road Employment Corridor, was initially a part of a larger plot on which San Diego-based developer Douglas Allred Company planned to build multitenant buildings. The company had requested an amendment to the city’s General Plan, which reserves this area for large employers.

That amendment request was been withdrawn and the proposal for this plot fits with the current General Plan requirements, Chandler Planning Manager Kevin Mayo said.

The preliminary development plan for Allred Park Place, which was approved by the council April 11, calls for a business park with as many as two individual employers.

Most action involving development on the Price Road corridor has been on hold as the city studies whether to adjust its development plan for that area to accommodate requests such as Allred’s.

Chandler hired the Maguire Company to review city policy on the development of the employment corridor and recommend how the city should regulate future development. That report could be completed within one month, Maguire Company President Alan Maguire said Thursday.

The Price Road Corridor is home to such firms as Intel, Bank of America, and other technology, aerospace and science-based companies near the interchange of Loops 101 and 202.

Other council action:

>> Gave final rezoning approval for Jacaranda Place, a single-family residential subdivision near Lindsay and Riggs roads, and for Cooper Place, an apartment complex near Cooper Road and Loop 202.

>> Approved the annual assessment for the Downtown Chandler Enhanced Municipal Services District. The assessment rate did not change from previous years, said Teri Killgore, downtown redevelopment manager.

Many appointments to city commissions and committees were also approved. New appointments include: Jim Ryan (Board of Adjustment); Lisa Askey (Citizens Panel for Review of Police Complaints and Use of Force); Jeanne Forbis, Kristen Torres, Deborah Hoogestraat, Julia Marreel (Cultural Foundation Board); Brad Brown (Economic Development Advisory Board); Judith Carroll, Jadine Bowens (Housing and Human Services Commission);

Also, Chris Love (Human Relations Commission); Bill Nolde (Industrial Development Authority); Harold Carrigan, Sammi Tam, Chase Hettinger, Isabella Tassinari, Shivam Shah, Alex Braddock, Yingyu Sun (Mayor’s Youth Commission); Seth Graham, Josh Askey (Museum Advisory Board); Rene Lopez (Parks and Recreation Board); Devon Wastchak (Planning and Zoning Commission): Judith Carroll (Public Housing Authority Commission); and Jim Symonds (Transportation Commission).

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