Planning & Zoning to explore new plan for former Young’s Farm land
and Zoning Commission for a much lower density development of the former Young’s Farm. “The Village at Young’s Farm”
revised project plan came after hearing feedback from town residents and Town Council, and demonstrates the developer’s
desire to keep alive the rich history of the property while addressing the need for local shopping .
“We listened very carefully to the comments we received from Town residents and elected officials and turned those into the
plan we have submitted to Planning and Zoning. Housing density has been essentially cut in half from a previous plan and
we have modestly expanded the commercial area facing AZ-69 and AZ-169 to enable the in-town shopping that residents
asked us to include,” says Don Allison, a partner of The Monogram Companies. “It wasn’t easy to balance the lower density
and economic side of the project, but we did it and we are committed to delivering a terrific housing and commercial project
that everyone can embrace and be proud of,” Allison explains.
With the aesthetics of the project and the town also top priority, the development intends to keep many of the old-growth
trees, ponds and river banks intact for residents’ enjoyment and to preserve a large portion of the geographic history.
Looking to the importance of a development that enhances the town, the project team sees this as an important quality for
the whole community.
Local Residents, Town Officials Supportive of New Plan
Local residents who have seen the development plan are more than supportive. “I am behind this 100%. We’re finally going
to have shopping right in town and a well planned community that will make our town even more beautiful,” says Buzz
Fournier a Dewey-Humboldt resident. “This is a plan that residents and our town officials will surely get behind. We will
have more housing options and additional shopping—but no big box stores. This is a big win for the town and all of us.”
Economic Benefits for the Entire Community
Potential economic benefits to the town’s residents will be substantial. With thousands of vehicles passing along on AZ-69
and AZ-169, stores and local shopping will generate more local sales tax. With this financial benefit, more of the town’s dirt
roads can be paved, fire and police will be well funded, and libraries, athletic fields and other amenities will be possible.
A Community Focal Point for the Town: The Village Marketplace
When The Village at Young’s Farm is completed, it will likely serve as the town’s focal point. After two county areas merged
to form Dewey-Humboldt in the 2004 incorporation, there has not been a real community epicenter for residents to enjoy.
The town will be offered this important community asset with The Village Marketplace. This shopping area is expected to
include banking, pharmacy, grocery, restaurants, and boutique -style stores. The Arizona Department of Transportation
officials will aid in ensuring intelligent traffic flow. Even with the planned Village Marketplace, the natural wonder of the area
will be preserved. A community area is planned, along with accessibility to the river and open space for residents. Farmer’s
markets and a myriad of other public events will be possibilities with this space.
-Being a Team Player—Working In Good Faith
Besides listening carefully to the concerns and desires of town residents and town officials, the Village at Young’s Farm’s
development team has and will work hand-in-hand with every stakeholder. From residents and neighbors to the Planning
and Zoning Commission, from the Town Council to ADOT… the development team will do its part to ensure that all parties
work together for everyone ’s benefit.
A Project that Shows Caring for Dewey-Humboldt
Included in the Planning and Zoning application is a Mission Statement that shows that the development team truly cares
and understands the history and future of the town. The Mission Statement explains that this is “…a project that honors the
historical significance of Young’s Farm and surrounding area…residential styles that reflect small town living…a
Marketplace that reflects the charm of the local area…a variety of shops and services that will provide added value…”
The development team is humbled by the history of Young’s Farm and its importance in the hearts of residents. Their
appreciation of the rich history has resulted in submitting a plan that is low density with a rural, small town feel, preserves
natural and historical components of the farm land, affords shopping with tasteful architecture, and provides community
areas for residents.