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  ITEM 30.       
Meeting Date: 06/11/2019  
Submitted For: Tabitha Perry
Department: Development Services  

Subject
ORDINANCE NO. O19-55     
 
AN ORDINANCE OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GLENDALE, MARICOPA COUNTY, ARIZONA, REZONING PROPERTY LOCATED AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF 59TH AVENUE AND GREENWAY ROAD FROM PAD (PLANNED AREA DEVELOPMENT) TO PAD FOR A DEVELOPMENT PLAN ENTITLED “ARIZONA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY,” AMENDING THE ZONING MAP; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE; AND ORDERING THAT A CERTIFIED COPY OF THE ORDINANCE IS RECORDED.
Presented by:  Tabitha Perry, Special Projects Executive Officer
Purpose and Recommended Action
This is a request for City Council to conduct a public hearing, waive reading beyond the title and adopt an ordinance to approve a Rezoning Application for a project titled “Arizona Christian University” located southeast of 59th Avenue and Greenway Road.
Background
Mike Withey, Withey Morris PLC, representing ACU (Arizona Christian University), is requesting to rezone 72 acres from PAD to PAD to allow for a mixed land use development consisting of educational, residential and commercial land uses.
 
The existing approved “The Thunderbird School of Global Management” PAD allows for office, retail, hotel, and residential units in addition to the existing educational land uses with seven districts identified in the PAD development plan. Four of the seven districts offer a variety of both multi-family and single-family residential housing totaling 1,002 dwelling units on approximately 157 acres. 
 
The proposed PAD would allow for a maximum of up to 1,400 student housing based on student demands.  The PAD also provides for land uses that may or may not be associated with an educational campus such as traditional multifamily and/or senior related housing, financial institutions, and professional offices.

The PAD identifies specific existing landmarks to be preserved including the Thunderbird Pilots Memorial, the Control Tower, the International Business Information Centre, the Yount Building, and the Thunderbird Airfield.  Although the existing hangar and the Founders Hall buildings are not identified as buildings to be preserved, the property owner/organization is still evaluating several factors to make a final determination on these two buildings.
 
Analysis
All applicable City departments have reviewed the application and recommend approval of the application subject to stipulations.
 
The PAD provides forethought by creating a plan with flexibility to develop a site that enables growth for the existing campus, support surrounding businesses, and provides a shovel ready site for development opportunities. 
 
The proposed PAD allows for a maximum of 550 units for traditional multifamily and/or senior related housing.  The amount of development for these types of land uses will be subtracted from the maximum total number of student housing allowed. As an example, if 550 units are constructed then student housing shall not exceed 850 units.  In comparison, the existing PAD allows for approximately 149 residential units when located above the first floor of a building.
 
The proposed permitted commercial land uses within the PAD is intended to provide opportunities for development that provides support to the campus and/or the general population.  These types of opportunities aim to provide convenient access to services and employment.  
 
In comparison, the existing PAD and the proposed PAD are similar on permitted land uses and development standards.
 
The request to increase the allowable student housing to 1,400 from the current allowable 300 student housing units is based on ACU’s desire to encourage campus living lifestyle for students which most likely will help local businesses thrive.
 
Previous Related Council Action
On November 27, 2018, City Council approved a Major General Plan Amendment (GPA18-04) on the property changing the land use designation to CCC (Corporate Commerce Center).
 
City Council approved a rezoning request (ZON06-08) to allow for a mixed land use development under the PAD zoning district on May 13, 2008.
 
On November 28, 2006, City Council approved a Major General Plan Amendment (M-GPA06-14) amending the land use designation for the subject site.
Community Benefit/Public Involvement
The application request supports the vision of the existing educational campus and an existing hotel use to remain; in addition, to allowing for in-fill development opportunities which would substantially contribute to a strong, self-sustaining office, residential, retail, and employment opportunities that can be an economic resource to the immediate area and the West Valley Regional area.
 
On May 16, 2019, the Planning Commission unanimously (7 to 0 vote) recommended approval of this rezoning request to be forward to City Council for a final vote.
 
The applicant completed the required Citizen Participation Process and all legal requirements were met for both Planning Commission and City Council Public Hearing Meetings. The applicant and property owner diligently worked to address concerns expressed by surrounding property owners.  During the Planning Commission Public Hearing Meeting, two residents spoke. The applicant’s Citizen Participation Final Report and Planning Commission Minutes are attached.
Attachments
O19-55
Planning Commission Minutes Excerpt - Draft
Planning Commission Staff Report


    

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