CASA GRANDE — “Zombie” subdivisions across Casa Grande are being brought back to life as homes continue to be built and the population is projected to grow significantly.

Those are partially built neighborhoods that were left incomplete due to the recession around 2008.

“They were created by land developers back in 2005 to 2007,” Planning and Development Director Paul Tice said. “They sat there until we started building there.”

When these developments were initially being built, some of them had water and sewer lines and some even had streets built.

“Now that housing is booming again, they (builders) first look at zombie subdivisions,” Tice said.

According to Tice, about two or three years ago there were only two builders in Casa Grande. Now there are 17.

“The short version is that all zombie subdivisions, except one, have come back to life,” Tice said.

According to Tice, the only one that is inactive is Tuscany, on Peart Road south of Florence Boulevard.

However, Tice suspects that sometime in 2021 the subdivision may be picked up. Some homebuilders have expressed interest in the lots.

“All our other vacant lots are under contract with building companies,” Tice said.

During January’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting last week, it was clear that housing was booming.

The commission approved a conditional use permit to allow a model home sales complex near Avenida Ellena and Bronco Lane within the Mountain View Ranch Planned Area Development.

The commission also approved a request by Richmond American Homes for a housing product and a conditional use permit and a request by Century Complete for a housing product.

According to a new report by Construction Coverage, out of 95 of the largest real estate markets in the country, Phoenix is currently the second hottest. Pinal County is considered to be a part of the metro Phoenix market.

When the 2030 General Plan was initially being presented, city officials believed that two homes would have to be built every day from now until 2030 to accommodate the number of people expected to move to Casa Grande over the next 10 years.

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

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