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  Item # C.       
Meeting Date: 04/03/2019  
Requested by: Bayer Vella
Submitted By: Milini Simms, Community and Economic Development
Case Number: OV1802848

Information
SUBJECT:
Request for approval of a Final Plat for Phase 1 of the Saguaro Viejos East residential subdivision, located near the northwest corner of La Cholla Boulevard and Naranja Drive
RECOMMENDATION:
Staff recommends approval, subject to the condition in Attachment 1. Final plat review is primarily an administrative function because the design was previously approved by Town Council.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:
The purpose of this request is to consider a Final Plat for Phase 1 of the Saguaro Viejos East residential subdivision, located near the northwest corner of La Cholla Boulevard and Naranja Drive (see image to the right). Final Plats are legal documents used to formally subdivide the property to sell the individual lots.

The entire subdivision includes 178 lots on approximately 86 acres and will be developed in three phases. Final Plats for the subsequent phases will be presented for Town Council consideration at a future time.

The proposed Final Plat (see Attachment 2) for Phase 1 consists of 97 detached single-family residential lots (out of the 178 lots) on approximately 47 acres. The subdivision design features gated access off both Naranja Drive and La Cholla Boulevard. The plat preserves approximately 20 acres of open space, which also includes buffer yards, a recreation area and a portion of a public trail (running north to south) shared between this development and Saguaro Viejos West. 

Lastly, the conservation of large Saguaros and the timing and improvements to Glover Road were major components for design approval. As such, stipulations for both are included as general notes (notes 7, 10 and 31, respectively) on the plat. 98% of the Saguaros in Phase 1 will either be preserved in place or transplanted on site. A condition is included in Attachment 1 to reflect the preservation and salvage of cacti.

In summary, the Final Plat for Phase 1 of Saguaro Viejos East meets Town requirements and conforms to the approved rezoning and conceptual site plan designs. Therefore, staff recommends approval subject to the condition in Attachment 1.
BACKGROUND OR DETAILED INFORMATION:
The Final Plat for Phase 1 (see Attachment 2) requires Town Council approval prior to being recorded with Pima County. Final plat review is primarily an administrative function because the design was previously approved by Town Council. Final Plats for the two subsequent phases will be presented for Town Council consideration at a future time.

In 2018, the Town Council approved a rezoning and accompanying Tentative Development Plan for all three phases of the Saguaro Viejos East development. The conservation of large Saguaros (general note 7) and the timing and improvements to Glover Road were major components for design approval. Although the rezoning condition defined the improvements for Glover Road (general note 10), the timing and responsibility of them is now divided between this property and the Saguaro Viejos West development. As such, general note 31 on the Final Plat further clarifies the timing of Glover Road improvements.

With regard to Saguaro conservation, the inventory for Phase 1 includes 310 Saguaros, of which 32 are significant  per the Zoning Code (at least 15' feet with 2 or more arms). Five of the significant Saguaros are 24' or taller with two or more arms and must be preserved in place per a rezoning condition. Overall, ninety-eight percent (98%) of the Saguaros will be preserved in place or transplanted onsite and five are being removed. All five Saguaros being removed are in poor health as verified onsite with staff. A condition is included in Attachment 1 to reflect the preservation and salvage of Saguaros.

Proposed Improvements:
  • Approximately 47 acres subdivided into 97 single-family residential lots
  • Minimum lot size:7,000 s.f.
  • Average lot size: 8,551 s.f.
  • Gated community with two access points off Naranja Drive and La Cholla Boulevard
  • Maximum building height: 25', 2-story
  • Approximately 20 acres (43%) of preserved open space, including buffer yards and a recreation area
  • A portion of a public trail running north to south between this property and Saguaro Viejos West
Previous Approvals:
  • 2007: Rezoning approved from R1-144 to R1-20
  • 2014: Conceptual Site Plan approved for both Saguaro Viejos West and Saguaro Viejos East (expired in 2016)
  • 2018: Rezoning approved for Saguaro Viejos East from R1-20 to R1-7
  • 2018: Block Plat approved to divide the property in two (Saguaro Viejos West and Saguaro Viejos East)
  • 2019: Final Site Plan approved

In summary, the Final Plat for Phase 1 conforms to the designs approved during the rezoning and conceptual design review process. Therefore, staff recommends approval, subject to the condition in Attachment 1.
FISCAL IMPACT:
N/A
SUGGESTED MOTION:
I MOVE to APPROVE the Final Plat for the Saguaro Viejos East residential subdivision, based on the finding that it meets Town requirements.

OR

I MOVE to DENY the Final Plat for the Saguaro Viejos East residential subdivision, based on the finding that ___________________.
Attachments
ATTACHMENT 1- CONDITION OF APPROVAL
ATTACHMENT 2- FINAL PLAT


    

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