Ironwood Drive section may be rezoned to attract development

Rezoning land along Ironwood Drive between Apache Trail and Broadway Avenue to make future development easier is to be discussed at the Tuesday, April 17, meeting of the Apache Junction City Council.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at 300 E. Superstition Blvd.

The city-initiated case would rezone the properties from B-1 (General Commercial) to B-2/PD (Old West Commercial by Planned Development) for the purpose of revising certain code requirements to make future developments easier, according to the agenda.

The Apache Junction Planning and Zoning Commission on April 10 voted 7-0 to recommend that the city council approve the city-initiated rezoning. Voting yes were Chairwoman Theresa Nesser, Vice Chairman Peter Heck and members Willie Howard, Michael McGraw, Steve Kridler, Robert Schroeder and Michael Frank.

Ironwood Drive map: A map of the properties that could be rezoned along Ironwood Drive between Apache Trail and Broadway Avenue. (Graphic courtesy of city of Apache Junction)

“This particular strip is restrained by these very small, very shallow lots,” Rudy Esquivias, senior planner, said to the commission.

Elisa Krable, who co-owns property in the 400 block of South Ironwood Drive, told the commissioners that she agreed with the rezoning.

“I would encourage the board to vote yes on this,” she said in the public hearing portion of the meeting.

“I think it would help all of the businesses as we’re trying to go and develop into what we want to bring into the community and I think it’s a great proposal and I think it should be moved forward,” she said.

The B-1 zoned parcels along Ironwood have small lot sizes that make application of all the regulations of the B-1 zone difficult, Danielle Jordan, planning intern, said in a memo to the commission.

“Because of this, future commercial development and redevelopment along this corridor will cause hardship and practical difficulties for property owners when trying to meet setback, parking and landscaping requirements,” she said in the memo.

The rezoning is needed to attract businesses of retail and professional offices, she said in the memo.

“Currently, there is a proposed doctor’s office and retail space at the northwest corner of Broadway Avenue and Ironwood Drive that staff is working closely with that would benefit from this rezoning,” Ms. Jordan said.

Editor Richard Dyer can be reached at rdyer@newszap.com

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