More lots destined for Smoketree-Warner Neighborhood in Apache Junction

There are 41 lots bounded by West Foothill Street, North Desert View Drive, West Smoketree Street and North Warner Drive. (City of Apache Junction)

In 2014 the City of Apache Junction applied a zoning designation of a minimum of 20,000-square-foot lots for the Smoketree-Warner Neighborhood, which has homes on lots of a half or less of that size, the City Council was told recently.

Apache Junction City Council voted unanimously April 16 to approve a corrective rezoning from medium-density, single-family detached residential to medium/high-density, single-family detached residential.
There are 41 lots bounded by West Foothill Street, North Desert View Drive, West Smoketree Street and North Warner Drive.

The lot sizes in the neighborhood are an average of 9,000 square feet, making all of the lots nonconforming, Julianna Pierre, a planning intern for the City of Apache Junction, told City Council during the April public hearing.

“City staff took notice of the issue when homeowners were attempting to build new manufactured homes and discovered the nonconformity,” she said.

The rezoning allows homes to be on lot sizes of at least 7,000 square feet.
The change will not affect existing structures and only affects future construction, Ms. Pierre said.

Larry Kirch, Apache Junction director of development services, at a recent Apache Junction City Council meeting. (Photo by Arianna Grainey, Independent Newsmedia)

“We’ve done several city-initiated rezonings — Main, Ocotillo, one on Ironwood. This is another case where city staff felt this would be appropriate in this area, in the northwest part of the city, to give some relief for homeowners,” said Development Services Director Larry Kirch.

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

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