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FLORENCE — Pinal County officials have given their blessings to a large development and water transfer sale in and around Queen Creek.

The Board of Supervisors held public hearings and approved a non-major comprehensive plan amendment and zoning on two parcels Wednesday for the future Quarters at Queen Creek. The community is 254 homes on 88 acres immediately south of Queen Creek Wash and 1,300 feet west of North Gantzel Road, adjacent to the town of Queen Creek.

The board delayed action on the overlay zoning district until the board’s Nov. 18 meeting to give the applicant more time to work with county staff on outstanding issues.

A majority of the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended against approval. The project is not in keeping with the San Tan Area Plan and has a greater housing density than recent similar areas in San Tan Valley, according to county staff. The property has legal access but no secondary access.

In a separate action, the board approved a resolution supporting an agreement between the town of Queen Creek and GSC Farm LLC to purchase a portion of its Colorado River water allocation.

This would fortify Queen Creek’s water portfolio and reduce its dependence on groundwater supplies. The Arizona Department of Water Resources has recommended this transaction to the U.S. Department of the Interior, which will make the final decision.

In a separate matter, the board approved the transfer of the water franchise for Diversified Water Utilities to the town of Queen Creek.