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The Goodyear Planning and Zoning Commission held its first online meeting April 15. (Goodyear City Council and other meetings also are online only, due to social distancing and meeting size guidelines.)

At the meeting, which was live on Facebook, commission members shared video feed from their webcams and used screen sharing to view the presentations. 

Steve Careccia, a city planner, gave the first presentation, which finalized a new planned area development called Curve at Estrella Commons. The 7-acre development would be located at Estrella Parkway and Roosevelt Street. 

Christian Williams, a city staff member, showed the commission a proposal regarding the minimum distance between a building’s lot and the front of the building, otherwise known as a setback. In the city of Goodyear, there is a minimum 30-foot setback distance, compared to 50 feet in Chandler and 20 feet in Glendale. 

Williams suggested that an exception be made to this rule if a store is part of a shopping center that shares its parking lot with other stores. 

Williams also presented a proposal that would add two new signs to the Goodyear Village Center. The signs would be 18 feet tall and display a list of the businesses in the center, according to the presentation. Along with creating the new signs, the proposal would get rid of the existing sign adjacent to North Litchfield Road. Also, the proposal called for sign changes specific to the Goodyear Village Center, which boils down to larger signs and allowing the affected businesses to display three full window advertisements instead of partial coverage. 

According to Joe Walters, who belongs to the ownership group for the Goodyear Dollar Tree and DD’s Discount, the smaller signs were hurting business. 

All three proposals received unanimous support from the commission members.