FLORENCE — A years-long process for a planned motor sports project has gotten a little closer to becoming a reality.
The Pinal County Board of Supervisors Wednesday approved the zoning and associated development agreement for Attesa, a 2,400-acre mixed-used facility that is to be a combination of racetracks and commercial and residential uses.
The facility is to incorporate research and development, specialty tracks for test driving, a hotel and conference center and retail space at full build-out.
Nick Wood, an attorney representing the developer, DanRick Builders, said the project will be built in multiple phases.
In addition to the zoning, supervisors also approved a development agreement with the company that says the county will reimburse Attesa up to $7.5 million for road improvements. The roads will need to be built to county standards and be accepted by the county’s Public Works Department before any money will be disbursed.
Attesa is planned on a parcel south of Interstate 8 between Montgomery and Bianco roads, on the western edge of Casa Grande. According to the terms agreed to Wednesday, the developer will have 10 years to begin construction on the interior of the project, which will be the main racetrack for the park.
The roads will have to be built and accepted by the county within 15 years from the first date of construction.
The developers ultimately seek to be annexed into the city of Casa Grande. City planner Joe Horn previously told PinalCentral that annexation would be several years away, however.
Supervisors voted unanimously to approve the development agreement and the zoning. The change will allow for other parcels and projects within the county that are large in scope and don’t necessarily fit in with the county’s current zoning rules to use the same large, mixed-use zoning for which Attesa received approval.
The city of Casa Grande, as part of the pre-annexation process, also previously approved changes for the parcel to fit the city’s zoning in anticipation of the annexation.