Planning and Zoning Update: Nov/Dec 2014

first_imgCity of Casa Grande The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) continues with its ongoing study of the proposed Interstate 11. The primary aim of the study was to propose and plan a high-priority link between Phoenix and Las Vegas, but ADOT recently indicated that the I-11 planners are considering extending the range of the interstate from Mexico to Canada. This extended transportation corridor could enhance commerce, international trade, tourism and create a border-to-border manufacturing corridor. The southern segment of the corridor would link Nogales with Tucson, then Phoenix, and, potentially, be routed through Casa Grande. This could put Casa Grande in the center of a significant commerce, manufacturing and tourist corridor, linking it to vast numbers of communities to the south and north. Currently, there is just the study, which is very important in the initiation of the planning process. That would include additional studies, such as environmental, engineering and routing studies. Funding is not yet available for the project, which will cost billions of dollars, and could be years if not decades away.City of CoolidgeRecently, the Coolidge City Council approved changes to its general plan that would allow for the future economic development and planning of approximately 11,500 acres of land that is mostly owned by Pinal Land Holdings (PLH) and has been known for many years as the “Mesa Water Farm Property.” The City of Mesa purchased the property for future preservation of its water rights but sold much of the land to PLH this past year. PLH is now in the process of rezoning the property for various uses. Coolidge leaders have expressed excitement about the potential for growth and development of this property resulting from the general plan changes and are proposing to annex the area by the end of the year.City of PhoenixThe Phoenix City Council recently gave tentative approval to the city’s proposed impact fee structure for 2015. Impact fees are developer-paid fees used by the city to deliver services to new development. They are used by the city to pay for development improvements such as streets, drainage infrastructure, water and sewer facilities, and to fund fire and police, library and park facilities. The new fees are proposed to be increased by approximately 4.6 percent to 43.1 percent, depending on which impact fee zone is addressed. The northwest impact fee zone has the highest current fees but is proposed for the lowest increase of 4.6 percent, while the Ahwatukee zone has the lowest current fees but is proposed for the highest increase of 43.1 percent. The new fee proposal is available for public review and comment before final action is taken.City of Tempe Charged by the Tempe City Council with finding ways to improve the development and home improvement process, Tempe’s public works, engineering and community development staff have reorganized to improve service. Most questions about residential or business projects on private property and parcels of land may now be answered at the community development front counter. Issues involving city right-of-way on major arterials, capital improvement projects and bid openings will be addressed through public works or engineering. Community development front counter staff can assist residents with permitting (except utility permits for utility companies), property information, plats, underground utility information, right-of-way and haul permits, floodplain information, address assignments and inquiries. From residents who want to add a pool or garage to contractors, land use attorneys and developers, these changes will streamline processes. After months of meetings and planning, the drafts for Tempe’s first character area plans are ready for review and comments. Hundreds of Tempe residents have participated in a series of public meetings and surveys to come up with the elements that define their character areas as well as the desired conditions that they would like to see embraced in the future. Character areas recognize groups of neighborhoods that contain common design, land use and commercial characteristics distinct from neighboring areas. Similarities in age of housing, styles of architecture, patterns of development, land use or street patterns and landscaping form some of the recognizable differences. Meetings to review the drafts for character areas 7, Corona/South Tempe, and 8, Kiwanis/The Lakes, have already taken place. However, each section of the city will have an opportunity to participate in the character area process for their neighborhood at future meetings.City of ScottsdaleScottsdale is preparing a zoning ordinance text amendment to the service residential district of the zoning ordinance. This effort will include revisions to all sections of the district, including, but not limited to, a purpose statement, use provisions and development standards. The proposal may include revisions to definitions, conditional-use criteria and administrative requirements, general provisions, signs, parking and landscaping. As part of a citywide outreach on this proposal, the community is invited for review and comment.last_img read more

Firefighter who played competitive golf because of Tiger Woods practices with his idol

first_imgJamie Squire/Getty Images(AUGUSTA, Ga.) — Whether he wins or loses at this year’s Masters, firefighter Matt Parziale can return to his Massachusetts town with one thing clearly checked off his list: playing golf with his idol Tiger Woods.On Monday, Parziale, the 2018 Mid-Amateur golf champion, said during a news conference that he wasn’t sure he’d get to meet Woods, what with all the fanfare surrounding the return of the sports icon.This year marks the first time in three years that Woods, a four-time Master winner, is vying for another green jacket. But, on Wednesday, one day before the start of the Masters, there was Parziale at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, practicing alongside Woods.In October, Parziale, 30, of Brockton, Massachusetts, won the 2017 US Mid-Amateur Championship in Atlanta. He also earned a spot at the US Open in June. It was a huge victory for the firefighter, who’d golfed professionally before deciding to return to amateur status. Parziale said that after his win in October, Woods sent him a letter, congratulating him. Parziale said he’d grown up watching Woods and had played competitive golf because of him.Six weeks ago, Parziale had the chance to thank Woods for the letter.After his US Mid-Amateur win, Parziale, who’d followed in the footsteps of his father and become a firefighter, took a leave of absence from the department to prepare for the Masters.“I’ve always wanted to play golf at the highest level possible,” he said Monday. “And, that’s just kind of what’s kept me going.”With his father, Vic Parziale, as his caddy, Parziale said he had little to no expectations going into the Masters, besides to do his best. “It’s incredible. … I put a lot of work in to get here,” he said.Parziale, a member of Ladder Company 1 for the Brockton, Massachusetts, Fire Department, said that he’d gotten support from firefighters and others from all across America.“I make all decisions with no regrets. I don’t look back. … I enjoy where I am,” he said. “I’m very fortunate enough to be able to do two things that I love doing — play competitive golf and then have a career that I really do enjoy.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more