Town Council Approved

Town Council Approves General Plan Amendment for Shopping Center at Viewpoint and Hwy. 89A
By Andrew Draper
For Lonesome Valley Newsletter

The Prescott Valley Town Council approved an amendment to the town's general plan July 14 to allow commercial development on a parcel on the northeast corner of Hwy. 89A and View Point Dr. amid concerns of some residents.Councilwoman Laura Lee Nye said this was a very difficult decision after hearing from residents opposed to the plan."I found this agonizing, because you are speaking from your heart," she said. The amendment clears the way for development partners the Brown Family Trust and Coyote Springs LLC to seek a zoning map change to construct a large shopping center on the 30 acre site.Spokesman for Coyote Springs LLC Gary Emory said the project will be a good fit for the community."It is our intention to create a marketplace that we can all be proud of and the community at large can be happy with," he said. "We've even suggested an architectural style we think is appropriate, one with a ranch flair."Several residents opposed to the project told Council members they fear a large increase in traffic brought about by the shopping center would change the character of their neighborhoods and would only increase the traffic problems. Currently, about one half of the area's 12,000 planned homes exist. Emory said road improvements are already in the works. Emory also said, they previously scaled down the project from the 90 acres available to them to only 30 acres."Both of the roads surrounding this property are already scheduled to be made into four lanes," he said. "Those are requirements that are already in existing development agreements with home builders." Developers said there would be no 'big box' retailers involved in the project, but the plans do include a grocery store and several restaurants."When we first started, we were looking at this entire parcel," he said. "We heard from the community that it was simply too much commercial."Developers have not released the names of the principal tenants as yet, but are expected to do so soon.
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