Two weeks after rejecting an ambitious plan to rezone 224 acres in west Goodyear to allow for buildings up to 150 feet tall, the Goodyear Planning Commission will hear another far-reaching request.
At its 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2 meeting, the commission will consider a general plan amendment covering 430 acres near Broadway Road and Bullard Avenue (south of Phoenix Goodyear Airport).
A major plan amendment is required due to the size of the area. The request combines two properties: one of 240 acres, owned by Robert Wagner, and one of 190 acres, owned by Pioneer 2005.
The two properties currently have agricultural zoning. The general plan allows a land-use designation there for “Traditional Neighborhood.” The owners are requesting a change to “Industrial” designation “and to revise freeway alignments,” according to the agenda.
The property is in the vicinity of the proposed State Route 30 expansion.
According to the agenda, “The changes proposed support this strategy by providing more acres of land in the Industrial category in an area impacted by previous mining operations and the existing overhead 500kV transmission lines.”
The planning commission also will hear a request by Bosa Donuts for a drive-thru restaurant within Parkway Village at Estrella Parkway and Roosevelt Street.
At the Nov. 18 planning meeting, Goodyear City Planner Steve Careccia presented a request to rezone 224 acres from agricultural to light industrial for what would be known as the Innovation Centre near Citrus Road and Loop 303 in west Goodyear.
The developer’s plan calls for buildings up to 150 feet high—triple the height maximums allowed for light industrial areas.
Wendy Riddell, representing the developer, told the planning commission the project would create retail shops, offices, entertainment and “high-wage employment.”
She said that, though city staff was against a proposed transportation facility in the Innovation Centre, cross-dock logistics and internet fulfillment warehouses were crucial to the financial feasibility of the project.
But, after Careccia told the planning commission the city staff recommended they deny the request, the commission voted to deny the Innovation Centre request.
The West Valley View asked Careccia to explain the city’s recommendation.
“The general plan encourages a mix of high-intensity employment, commercial, entertainment and other similar type destination uses on the property given its location within the I-10 Transit Corridor and Business and Commerce land use. The current proposal is inconsistent with these provisions of the general plan,” Careccia said.
He said the request for buildings as tall as 150 feet was not the stumbling block: “Taller building heights would be acceptable for those uses encouraged by the general plan, within the areas along the freeway, so as to not adversely impact the existing residential development to the south of the property.”
Asked about what the 15-story-high buildings were planned for, Careccia answered, “The developer has not provided any specific information on users or businesses intended for this development. Generally, the applicant has indicated that cross-dock warehousing development is an integral component to the project.”
The tallest building in Goodyear is Abrazo West Campus, which is around 110 feet high. The proposed Innovation Centre would have buildings nearly 50% higher than Abrazo West.
Though the project was rejected by the Goodyear Planning Commission, developers can still present Innovation Centre to Goodyear City Council, which is scheduled to meet next Monday, Dec. 7.