CASA GRANDE — A major site plan for the development of 174 single- and two-story individual rental dwellings was approved Thursday by the Planning and Zoning Commission despite some traffic concerns.

Mark Reddie of RVI Planning had requested a zone change and a major site plan for approximately 16.4 acres located at the northeast corner of Cottonwood Lane and Trekell Road.

According to the presentation, a traffic plan shows that the entry is to have a right-turn lane on Trekell Road.

During the meeting, Commissioner Dennis Dugan expressed concerns over traffic and said there would be no right-turn lane from Cottonwood Lane.

“It is critical because you’re going to have more and more traffic on Cottonwood Lane and you need to look at the future not as the now,” Dugan said.

“We’re shoving it into a commercial property and changing the zone when we literally have the zoning right next door or very close to or very similar that would alleviate all of this because of existing roadways,” Commissioner Kenneth Miller said. “That’s my big concern about it.”

Despite concerns, the commission approved the site plan while Miller and Dugan voted no. A zone change from General Business to Planned Area Development was also approved.

In other business, the commission denied two conditional use permits requested by Portable Practical Educational Preparation Inc. to allow for a 6-foot-tall block wall and gate located in the front yard setback at two properties.

The applicant was requesting the wall for the health, safety and security of the disabled occupants. According to the applicant, there have been issues with people leaving the premises.

However, according to the agenda, staff attempted to work with the applicant to amend the submittal by providing examples of more aesthetically pleasing fences and walls that could have potentially been supported but the applicant chose not to deviate from the original submittal.

“It presents a little too much visibility for the clients and if for some reason you had a reasonable alternative I think we would consider it,” said the applicant.

During the meeting, the commission approved a request by Paul Zetah of Century Complete Homes for a conditional use permit to allow for a model home sales complex within the Casa Vista subdivision, north of Jimmie Kerr Boulevard and east of Henness Road.

The commission also recommended to the City Council a request by the city for a zone change from Urban Ranch to General Industrial for approximately 1,062 acres generally located south of Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway between Burris and Bianco roads.

The site is currently being annexed by the city. According to the agenda, the purpose of this request is to align the zoning with the existing general plan and position the property for potential industrial projects.

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Gabrielle Olivera is the Casa Grande reporter at PinalCentral, covering government, schools, business and more.