It's official. After many months of discussion, town administration officially has been given the green light to move forward on developing an industrial park at Old Home Manor.
The approval, given during the Jan. 22 council meeting, is just the first step in a long journey before any businesses occupy the land, some 200 acres located off of Perkinsville Road east of Highway 89.
Town Manager Robert Smith presented the request, which was for initiating a survey of the land for what Smith said would "Define the land and survey the existing landmarks and conflicts that may be out there."
Council member Linda Hatch asked how much the survey would cost and where the money would come from.
"We're not going to entertain any costs until we have an estimate for the survey work and we'll bring that to council for their approval under a separate action item," said Smith. "The research for the zoning work has been done and is sitting in the file."
Vice mayor Carl Tenney stated his concern about moving forward on a project that has been presented with several different faces over the years.
"We've had this land forever," said Tenney. "In the years I've been involved with the town we've had two or three different plans. We've spent money, then put them on the shelf. So now we have another idea, and I would like to see an executive summary of what you see happening in the next one year, two years, five years."
Smith said that commercial heavy and commercial light zoning would be the most likely use of the property if and when the industrial park is completed. Mayor Chris Marley added that current zoning at Old Home Manor is already listed as industrial.
Smith said the survey work will be presented to council at a future meeting for public discussion and the zoning changes will be presented to the Planning and Zoning Commission for recommendation to council.
Other items on the Jan. 22 agenda included:
Authorization for staff to proceed with the development of seven acres on the northeast corner of the Community Center Park, located near Perkinsville Rd. and Road 1 East. The project will include a dog park, with donated materials, and a walking path lined with trees. The money for the expansion will come from town Parks Impact Fees that, according to Town Engineer Ron Grittman, can by law be spent only on capacity expansion. "We can't use it to pay parks salaries, we can't use it to cut the grass, we can't use it to pay for the water on our fields," said Grittman. "We have to use it to make our parks larger."
Quarterly update of Municipal Court by Magistrate John Walker, who reported that his department was fully staffed in the past quarter and that disputes between neighbors and extensions for payment of fines increased in recent months. Walker also included a list of 2013 goals for the court, including an update of the policy and procedure manual, and development both a code of conduct and model for employee performance evaluations.
Council member Mike Best provided an update on the future of the town skate park that was closed last year. Best said that students with the Chino Valley High School drafting class will provide a rough concept and Drake Cement has offered supplies to rebuild the park.
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