Zoning

West Glendale and its outskirts continue to grow.

In mid-August, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the rezoning of 38 acres at the southwest corner of Olive Avenue and the Loop 303 in the Glendale Planning Area.

According to Tiffany and Bosch law firm, which represents the owners, “The property has operated as a wholesale nursery for many years, and now seeks to expand those services and other future commercial uses. The property is at a critical corner of the Loop 303, bordered to the south and west by newly planned residential subdivisions.”

One of the stipulations required by the board is that the developer notify future homeowners with the following:

“You are buying a home or property in the ‘vicinity of a military airport’ as described by State of Arizona statute ARS 28-8481. Your house should include sound attenuation measures as directed by State law. You will be subject to direct over flights and noise by Luke Air Force Base jet aircraft.”

According to the board agenda item, “Luke Air Force Base executes over 200,000 flight operations per year, at an average of approximately 170 overflights per day. Although Luke’s primary flight paths are located within 20 miles from the base, jet noise will be apparent throughout the area as aircraft transient to and from the Barry M. Goldwater Gunnery Range and other flight training areas.”

Even so, this is a high-growth area just outside Glendale’s “New Frontier,” where the city has annexed multiple properties in 2020.

Olive Avenue will be the site of several road construction projects to accommodate the growth.

At its Olive Corridor site, the Maricopa County Department of Transportation says, “Olive Avenue is a significant thoroughfare for residents and travelers in the western part of Maricopa County. With its prominent roadway connections to SR Loop 303 and SR Loop 101, traffic projects for Olive Avenue in the West Valley are expected to increase over the next 20 years.

“MCDOT is moving forward with several projects along Olive Avenue in this area to increase capacity, improve safety and make roadway operations more efficient.”

As Tiffany and Bosch notes, “The Loop 303 has forever changed the fabric of the West Valley. More jobs, investment and growth is coming to the West Valley than ever before.”

Farmland is quickly being rezoned for residential and industrial/commercial projects in the area.

One of them is Cotton Properties, 161 acres located at Bethany Home and the Loop 303. Industrial and commercial development is expected to produce a net financial benefit of $2.5 million annually to the city.

South of Cotton Properties, Mattamy Homes was approved for Azure Canyon (formerly known as Russell Ranch South) on Camelback Road between Perryville Road and Citrus Road. Azure Canyon is in unincorporated Maricopa County.

A little north but also west of Loop 303, Lennar Corp. is ready to build 279 homes at Northern Avenue and Cotton Lane, also in unincorporated Maricopa County.

Inside the city limits, Tiffany and Bosco also worked to get a general plan amendment and rezoning of 17 acres property west of Loop 101 at Bell Road that has been vacant for years.

Glendale Bell, a proposed residential development for up to four stories, is planned for the area.

According to Tiffany and Bosco, “The development boasts two large amenity areas with pools, tot lots, dog parks and a recreational trail connecting 83rd Avenue to Bell Road. 

“Nearby neighbors came out in opposition, but the city recognized the quality of the development and the great addition this will be to the area.”