Casa Grande Mountain Ranch rezoning

Casa Grande Mountain Ranch LP has requested that its portion of the Dreamport Villages property revert back to its original zoning, as shown in this drawing.

CASA GRANDE — The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved, with a few questions, a request to revert a large portion of the Dreamport Village project land back to its earlier zoning Thursday evening.

Owner Casa Grande Mountain Ranch requested the rezoning for the 577 acres of the project that it owns. The rezoning, which has to be approved by the Casa Grande City Council, would allow commercial, business park, light industrial, office, hotels and restaurant land uses. It would also allow for an interchange with Interstate 8 and an overpass over the railroad tracks to connect with Henness Road. The development will also have to build its own wastewater treatment plant because it is located so far from the nearest main sewer infrastructure.

The remaining 41 acres of the Dreamport Villages zoning will not change, because it’s under different ownership, Casa Grande City Planner James Gagliardi explained. Those acres could still be developed as a theme park resort and be compatible with the zoning uses for Casa Grande Mountain Ranch’s property.

The broker for the property, Michael Chasse from Strategic Assets Group, previously stated in an email that Dreamport is continuing to work on funding for the theme park.

Commissioner David Snider asked if there would be any impact to state assured water supply designation given to the property with the rezoning.

Jack Gilmore, who was representing Casa Grande Mountain Ranch, said the rezoning shouldn’t affect the property’s water designation. He said the rezoning would create a gateway project for the community with multiple businesses for visitors to enjoy.

The proposed amusement park project has been stalled over an apparent lack of funding.

The commission also approved:

  • A request to amend the zoning for 489 acres north of The Promenade at Casa Grande from commercial and business to large mixed-use to allow for residential uses on the property as well as commercial uses.
  • A request to rezone 1,038 acres between Bianco and Burris roads from agricultural to manufacturing/industry.
  • A request from the city to rezone 38 acres in the Airport Industrial Park from light industrial and urban ranch to general industrial to make it more attractive to purchasers.
  • A request from the Casa Grande Fire Department to rezone a portion of Carr McNatt Park for a communications tower.