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Reelected Mayor Jerry Weiers and council members Ray Malnar, Joyce Clark and Ian Hugh were scheduled to be sworn in to start their new terms before the Glendale City Council meeting Dec. 8.

Also at the Dec. 8 meeting, city council was expected to approve the final plat for Trevino at Glen Lakes on what is now the former Glen Lakes Golf Course. 

In other city development news, the Glendale Planning Commission approved two major projects—one residential, one commercial—at its Dec. 3 meeting.

The commission heard a request by Michael Buschbacher, representing owner Glendale 303 Holdings, to amend the existing planned area development status for modifications on the 100-acre site at the northwest corner of Glendale Avenue and Loop 303.

Glendale annexed the property six months ago. While part of Maricopa County, the undeveloped land had light industrial zoning classification.

The developer’s preliminary plan is for four warehouse structures totaling more than 1.5 million square feet, with the largest facing Cotton Lane.

Some neighbors along Cotton Lane in Waddell expressed concerns even after neighborhood meetings.

But there were no opposition comments at the planning commission meeting. The commission approved the Glendale 303 zoning request, which moves on to Glendale City Council for final approval or denial.

The planning commission also approved Allen Ranches’ preliminary plan for 760 single-family homes on 250 acres.

This would be the first phase of an 800-acre development that also includes industrial uses—likely warehouses.

The Allen Ranches site is bounded by Bethany Home Road to the north, Citrus Road to the west, Camelback Road to the south and 175th Avenue to the east.

The development is to have gated, private streets.

Glendale City Council approved the annexation of Allen Ranches and minor general plan amendments for the property in June, despite protest from neighbors, who told council the project was trying to pack too many homes into the area.

Commissioner Warren Wilfong was the lone vote against the Allen Ranches plan.

Wilfong took exception to lot sizes of 4,000.

He said the new homes “will diminish the value” of neighbors on larger lots. “This is not the appropriate area for a 4,000-square-foot lot,” he said.

The developer noted 4,000-square-foot lots will be on the east of the property, near a proposed industrial development.