Glendale City Council

Glendale City Council approved a public hearing on the annexation of Reems Ranch, 260 acres between Luke Air Force Base and the Loop 303.

After annexing 10 large properties in the “New Frontier” area near the Loop 303, Glendale is continuing to grow.

On Aug. 25, Glendale City Council voted to authorize a public hearing on annexing the Reems Ranch industrial development project.

The 260-acre property, between the Loop 303 and Luke Air Force Base, will allow for commercial and retail services, according to Interim Development Services Director Lisa Collins. 

“The assumption is that there will be 50% warehousing and 50% manufacturing,” Collins said. “We also calculate the one-time revenues based on construction sales, tax and permit fees ... of $15.4 million.” 

The area is currently unincorporated Maricopa County.

Glory Williamson, who said she lives within “eyesight” of the property, was concerned about the project’s buildings sizes. Williamson told the council she was concerned for her safety, livestock and neighbors.

“All around us we are being encroached by warehouses,” Williamson said. “To the south of us, and both sides of the Loop 303, all the way down to Maryland.”

The proposed annexation was introduced at the Aug. 11 city council workshop where the council approved moving the annexation forward.

The next step in the process is for a public hearing tentatively scheduled for Sept. 22, according to Collins. 

According to her presentation, “This proposal is consistent with the anticipated development for the land along the Loop 303 and Luke Air Force Base, and supports future growth and employment opportunities for Glendale.

“Economic Development has conducted a preliminary fiscal analysis and has determined the industrial land uses proposed will produce a positive net gain for the city in the short and long term.”

According to the presentation, “The long-term net impacts (revenues less expenditures) for Reems Ranch are estimated at $870,000 per year, including $1.4 million in annual revenues and $570,000 in annual expenditures, excluding one-time taxes and fees. The magnitude of the impacts is proportional to the size of the development and relatively modest, although estimated annual revenues exceed expenditures by 153%.”