Golf course in the countryside

A controversial project to turn Falcon Golf Course into a “cross-dock” industrial facility is on the Maricopa County Planning and Zoning Commission meeting agenda set for 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 14.

Luke Air Force Base, which previously gave its approval for a military compatibility permit for the project, joined the cities of Litchfield Park and Goodyear in raising concerns over truck traffic the facility would generate. 

Hundreds of neighborhood residents also are protesting the project—which, according to a traffic study funded by the developer, could have as many as 6,000 daily truck trips.

KW Projects, the developer, countered that traffic will not be disruptive, as trucks will primarily drive a short distance to the Loop 303.

And, according to the developer, the facility would generate hundreds of high-paying jobs.

Following CDC guidelines to limit crowd size, the public may not attend in the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting in person but can view the meeting by registering at attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2875609241374268686.

To listen by phone, call 415-930-5321, then enter audio access code 310-608-517.

Cowley Companies plans to sell Falcon Golf Course, which is in unincorporated Maricopa County, bordering Goodyear, Litchfield Park and Luke Air Force Base.

Residents of Goodyear and Litchfield Park have protested the proposal by KW Projects, which said it will build a transportation facility. KW has not named the company it plans to lease the property to, but KW has many FedEx facilities around the county.

A KW representative is asking the commission to approve a  military compatibility permit with a plan of development.

The KW request has been delayed several times, first by meeting cancellations, then when the developer asked for an extension.

According to the agenda, opposition to the project includes emails from Luke Air Force Base and the cities of Goodyear and Litchfield Park, as well as 191 “public opposition” emails and an online petition.

Those who wish to comment on the cross dock (case number MCP2019005) or other agenda items can email rachel.applegate@maricopa.gov identifying the Planning and Zoning Commission hearing date; agenda item and case number; name, address, email and phone number; support or opposition; and if they wish to speak or not.