SAN TAN VALLEY — A new commercial development is coming to San Tan Valley featuring a controversial express car wash.
The development was approved at Wednesday’s Pinal County Board of Supervisors meeting. It will be located southwest of Golf Club Drive and Hunt Highway.
In addition to the express car wash, the project will also include automotive services, a child care center, a community service facility, a health care — possibly an urgent/emergency care — center, and a health and fitness facility.
The CB-1 zoning would not permit a car wash so the applicant, Beus Gilbert PLLC, requested a Planned Area Development Overlay District Amendment to allow for one to be constructed. Another car wash already exists in the CB-1 zone under a special permit.
A petition was filed opposing the development with 156 signatures, citing two concerns. One was that Hunt Highway is a heavily traveled and narrow road, so the lack of a proper highway entrance and traffic light to accommodate traffic into and out of the proposed car wash would cause a safety and welfare concern for the area.
The second concern was that the community does not need another car wash and that the new one would “cannibalize” the old one, causing a loss of jobs.
The applicant argued that the widening of Gantzel Road, which is planned to be completed in January, and the expansion of Hunt Highway will accommodate the new traffic, and noted that the area was already zoned for commercial use.
Supervisor Pete Rios dismissed the second concern about the potential harm to the existing car wash.
“This is America,” Rios said. “We welcome competition.”
Despite opposition, the Planning and Zoning Commission had already approved the item, and the supervisors followed suit.