CASA GRANDE — The City Council will discuss a partnership between the city and Arizona Water Company for development of the huge Copper Mountain Ranch community west of Pinal Avenue during Monday’s City Council meeting.

Previously, the community had been discussed for decades. In April, Mayor Craig McFarland said it may become a reality in the near future.

Some of the big issues in discussions have been transportation, water and density.

According to a presentation that will be shown during Monday’s study session, jointly developed guiding principles include reducing reliance on groundwater, investing in sustainable water supplies and using the water more efficiently.

According to a timeline that will be presented, by July 2021 the city and AWC hope to approve and execute a water supply agreement. By July 2022, water could be delivered to Copper Mountain Ranch under the agreement.

During the regular meeting, the mayor and City Council may approve a proposed memorandum of cooperation between the city and AWC.

“The attached Memorandum provides a framework of mutual cooperation between the two entities and identifies, from a policy perspective, that the Mayor and City Council are supportive of the partnership between the two entities as various options are pursued with the Arizona Department of Water Resources and the developers,” says a document with the agenda.

During the meeting, the Casa Grande Police Department will request an authorization to enter into contracts and issue purchase orders to implement body-worn cameras and a storage program with AXON for a total of nearly $640,000 over a five-year period.

“All the benefits of obtaining this system add to the overall quality of life for both employees and our community members, while marketing our development as a professional, progressive and transparent organization,” says the agenda.

During the study session, the Police Department will present on the Police Reserve Program to the council.

The council may authorize the city manager to enter into a construction-manager-at-risk contract with CORE Construction for a new vehicle evidence processing bay addition to the Public Safety Facility.

The council may authorize grant applications to the Ak-Chin Indian Community on behalf of the city and community groups.

The study session will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the regular meeting at 7 at City Hall’s council chambers and will be streamed online on the city’s Channel 11.


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