City Council Study Session - Includes Action Taken


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  AGENDA ITEM: 2.       
Meeting Date: 03/20/2017  
Recommended by: Paul Tice Prepared by: Jim Gagliardi, Planner
Finance Director Review: Celina Morris  
City Attorney Review: Brett Wallace  
Approved by: Larry Rains Date Submitted:
Type of Action Requested: Other

City Council briefing on the proposed Dreamport Villages North and South Planned Area Developments (PAD).

There are two Planned Area Developments (PAD) requests under consideration by Gilmore Planning on behalf of Casa Grande Mountain Ranch Limited Partnership and others to amend Casa Grande Mountain Ranch PAD (Exhibit 1) south of Interstate 8, west of Lamb Rd, and Regional Gateway Commerce Center PAD (Exhibit 2) north of Interstate 8, west of Interstate 10.  These amended PADs would incorporate additional land presently zoned UR, I-1, and R-1 currently under contract.  Casa Grande Mountain Ranch PAD would go from 757.8 acres to 872.07 acres. Regional Gateway Commerce Center PAD would go from 525 acres to 618 acres.  

The amendments would re-brand both PADs as "Dreamport Villages Casa Grande South" (South PAD),  and "Dreamport Villages Casa Grande North" (North PAD).   The South PAD is retaining much of the same uses currently approved, except for the portion of the PAD fronting Interstate 8 on the south, along the north face of Casa Grande Mountain. The proposed land uses complement the amusement park resort proposed within the north PAD on the other side of Interstate 8.  The new uses on the south side allow hotels, wildlife attraction, accessory amusement park amenities to this attraction as well as a campus/technical park use to accommodate a college extension or offices and residential.      

The North PAD removes the office/business park approval and proposes a world-class resort land use, with outdoor extreme sports featuring lake amenities with wakeboarding, Go-Karts, a resort hotel with indoor water park, an RV Park, etc.  
Use compatibility is not seen as significant issue with the North PAD, due to isolation of two Interstates, Union Pacific Railroad, and the San Carlos Canal.  Nevertheless, the heights proposed associated with the amusement park structures and resort hotel, 400 ft. and 260 ft, respectively, have prompted particular development standards to help bolster compatibility. 

The south PAD is the most sensitive because of its adjacency with Casa Grande Mountain and the use to use relationship with commercial development next to open space.
To address these concerns with compatibility, open  space, and access staff has proposed the imposition of a number of technical modifications and conditions.

Planning Commission is to consider Dreamport Villages Casa Grande South PAD (DSA-17-00001) and Dreamport Villages Casa Grande North PAD (DSA-17-00002) at its March 2, 2017 public hearing where the Commission will either make a recommendation to City Council to approve the PADs,  modify the conditions, table the items, or deny the requests.  The outcome of this meeting will be shared at the Study Session.  The staff reports for these items can be found within Exhibits 3 and 4.  Since the time of the staff reports there have been some revisions to the technical corrections and conditions stated within the reports. The updated requirements can be found under Exhibit 5.  


Exhibit 1 - PAD Guide South
Exhibit 2 - PAD Guide North
Exhibit 3-PZ Staff Report South
Exhibit 4 - PZ Staff Report North
Exhibit 5 - updated technical corrections and conditions



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