Glendale is growing.
While Buckeye, Goodyear and other cities around the West Valley are growing internally, through new housing developments adding thousands to populations, Glendale is expanding its boundaries.
Multiple annexations of former unincorporated Maricopa County land is pushing Glendale west, near Luke Air Force Base and the Loop 303.
Again in contrast to other cities growing population, these annexations focus on industrial/commercial development.
Some of the notable annexations, from the information provided by Lisa Collins, the city’s planning administrator:
The West 303 development is 76 acres at the northeast corner of Sarival and Maryland avenues.
The developer, Hunter Engineering, plans 1.2 million square feet of industrial space.
At the Jan. 14 council meeting, several Litchfield Park residents voiced their opposition to the annexation.
City council was to vote on annexation and zoning of the land Tuesday, Jan. 28.
The Barclay Group development is 96 acres at the southwest corner of Loop 303 and Glendale Avenue.
Developer: Barclay Group plans more than 1 million square feet of industrial and commercial buildings “with potential office retail.”
City Council was to vote on the annexation at its Tuesday meeting.
“The current county zoning allows the uses being proposed, therefore a rezoning of the land once in the city of Glendale will not be needed,” Collins noted.
Cotton Properties is 161 acres on the west side of the Loop 303 freeway, between Glendale Avenue and Bethany Home Road.
Developer Land Advisors plans industrial, commercial and retail development.
The rezoning request will be brought forward to council once the annexation is completed, Collins said.
At the Jan. 14 council meeting, three Waddell residents spoke against the Cotton Properties proposed annexation.
Robert Weedman said nearby residents had “no idea” the annexation and rezoning was taking place.
Jennifer Bloomberg and Marcia Ford said they were concerned about increased traffic and the negative impact the development would have on the community.
The Coopperwing Logistics development is 6 acres near the northwest corner of Dysart Road and Northern Parkway.
Developer John F. Long is hoping the city will annex a county remnant parcel, then “de-annexing both the newly annexed land and the city’s strip annex into the city of El Mirage to combine with a large parcel currently in El Mirage.”
Glendale City Council was to vote on the annexation Tuesday, with a de-annexation vote at a later date.