Chandler officials juggle new home proposals

Several proposals for new housing developments in Chandler have met with mixed results as they progress through the city approval process.

Here is a rundown of the projects and where they stand:

A proposal for 32 single-family homes at the northwestern corner of Germann Road, about a quarter mile east of Dobson Road, gained an endorsement from the Chandler Planning and Zoning Commission at its June 17 meeting.

The 4 acres of vacant land is directly south of Chandler Presbyterian Church and once was owned by the church, which later sold the property. Plans surfaced to develop the land for a private school, but the project never advanced.

Porchlight Homes now intends to develop the land with patio homes ranging from 1,600 to 2,200 square feet, according to a city report outlining the proposal. The commission recommended approval of the plans, including a change in zoning for the land from church/school use to residential. The proposal next goes to the City Council for final approval.

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At the same meeting, the commission delayed action until its July 15 meeting on a proposal to develop 30 acres in west Chandler with 281 housing units.

The land is at the northwestern corner of 56th Street and Orchid Lane, north of Ray Roads. Mattamy Homes is proposing a mix of housing types at the site, including 125 condominiums and 156 other residential types, according to a city report. City planning officials recommended the commission delay consideration to allow time to work out concerns raised by a nearby car dealership about the residential project. The land is zoned as an agricultural site.

A proposal that has stirred opposition from several neighbors along the southern side of Germann Road east of Alma School Road was postponed from consideration. The commission had delayed consideration twice before to allow the builder, Garrett Walker Homes, time to work with neighbors on their concerns.

The plans had called for building 26 homes on 7 acres of vacant land. A car wash is to the west, but to the east is a neighborhood of older, ranchette style properties, many of them with acreage where horses, steer or roosters roam. Some residents have complained the proposal for the new homes is not compatible with their neighborhood and have urged the city to call for modern ranchette properties.

According to a city report, the developer is withdrawing the plans to work on another proposal that would reduce the number of homes. No date for another hearing was set.

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