Development continues near sports complex

Paradise @ P83 gains approval
By: 
CAROLYN DRYER, Editor

Conceptual site plan

When it comes to land development, some parts of Peoria look like pieces of a puzzle. Paradise @ P83 is a good example of how difficult it can be to draw up a plan, especially when it comes to rezoning for a 352-unit multifamily community.
East of the 75th Avenue and Paradise Lane intersection is a property containing approximately 16.1 acres. OPUS Development, through its representative, Withey Morris, requested to rezone the property from Planned Light Industrial (Pl-1) and General Agricultural (AG) zoning to a Planned Area Development (PAD).
The property sits on the east side of 75th Avenue across from a 3.3-acre site Peoria City Council approved in March for development as a 198-room, four-story Marriott hotel, restaurant and bar.
At a public hearing during a May 17 planning and zoning commission meeting, one speaker was present from the general public. The P&Z Commission voted 4-1 to recommend approval of the Paradise @ P83 case.
Staff told City Council at its June 19 meeting the proposed zoning was in conformance with the goals and objectives set forth in the city’s general plan for the sports complex urban design plan. Council was also told the request was consistent with the sports complex mixed-use land use, a category that was established in 2011 for the city’s general plan.
Staff said the rezoning amendment better reflects the development needs of the area while “accounting for the existing built environment.” That environment includes the Bell Road corridor between 75th and 83rd avenues, the already approved Marriott hotel complex, an existing neighborhood retail center at 75th and Bell Road, two large residential subdivisions to the east in Glendale, a large apartment complex to the west at 77th Avenue and Paradise Lane, and the Peoria Sports Complex at 83rd Avenue and Paradise Lane.
To address concerns from Glendale residents at Cadence at Park Paseo to the east bordering the proposed development, the developer told Council it was placing 48-inch diameter box trees adjacent to four-story buildings for screening; 36-inch diameter box trees adjacent to the Cabrillo Point neighborhood; buildings would be located approximately more than 97 feet away; and building layout has been shifted so the common area is facing away from the adjacent neighborhood.
Five stipulations were contained in the ordinance approved 6-0 by City Council:
1) The development shall substantially conform to the Paradise @ P83 Planned Area Development Standards and Guidelines Report and the site plan dated April 2, 2018, as modified herein;
2) Developer shall comply with all city of Peoria engineering design standards, policies and requirements at time of development and final engineering submittal;
3) Developer shall provide right of way (ROW) dedication for the following roadway(s): 65 feet for 75th Avenue. Additional ROW may be required at turn lane and intersection locations;
4) Developer shall provide a traffic impact study/analysis at time of development and final engineering submittal;
5) The development may reduce the number of emergency access points along 75th Avenue, subject to providing an emergency access at Grandview Road to the satisfaction of the city engineer and agreement by the city of Glendale.

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