The Goodyear Planning Commission

The Goodyear Planning Commission rejected a request for rezoning that would have allowed for light industrial development of 224 acres near the Loop 303 and Citrus Road.

A plan to bring buildings up to 150 feet tall was rejected by the Goodyear Planning Commission Nov. 18.

The developer’s bid was to rezone 224 acres west of the Loop 303 and just south of Interstate 10.

New York-based developer Keystone Equities said its plan would create “an employment hub with commercial, office, retail, light-industrial and entertainment.” 

But the commission voted 5-1 to deny Keystone’s request “to facilitate the development of light industrial and commercial uses for a project to be called the Innovation Centre,” according to the agenda packet.

The commission’s vote does not kill the plan, however, as it is scheduled to move on to the Goodyear City Council.

The developer’s plan was “intended for the development of light industrial uses, including warehousing and large distribution facilities with dock doors and trailer storage.

“Building heights within this district are intended from 40 feet up to a maximum of 150 feet.”

City of Goodyear planner Steve Careccia presented the request, noting the city staff “recommends denial of the request.”

“We find the light industrial portion of the request is inconsistent with what the city plan calls for,” Careccia said.

Wendy Riddell, presenting for the developer, told the commission the plan meets the city’s needs and visions.

She said only a small portion of the 224 acres will allow for the cross-dock facilities and internet fulfillment, which she said is crucial to the development. “E commerce is the future and growing by the day,” she said.

According to the developer’s pitch, the Innovation Centre will bring a huge economic impact.

“A recent study conducted by CBRE, a global leader in the field of real estate investment with a wealth of local market insight, anticipates hundreds of millions of dollars to be generated from this project. Projected economic impacts over the next 10 years include: 

• 600 direct jobs with a total payroll of $151.2 million.

• $7.3 million in tax revenues to the city of Goodyear.

• $5.6 million and $46.5 million in tax revenues to Maricopa County and the local school district, respectively..

• $20.6 million in tax revenue to the state of Arizona.

Additionally, Keystone projects 764 jobs would be created during construction with a total payroll of $47.4 million and $92 million in construction and interior costs.

Jeff Levy, who said he works in development, was the lone citizen to speak. He was in favor of the development to improve the area that “looks like a nuclear bomb hit it.”