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7/17/2013 9:36:00 AM
Council postpones decision on paving, landscaping business

Ken Hedler
Special to the Review

The Chino Valley Town Council postponed action July 9 for two weeks on a zone change for a business property to clear up confusion regarding paving and landscaping requirements.

Mayor Chris Marley said the postponement is necessary "so we can have all the materials put together."

The confusion apparently occurred because Development Services staff recommendations conflicted with the direction the Planning and Zoning Commission gave June 18 for property at 3440 N. Highway 89 owned by the DeWitt family trust.

Staff recommended a chip-sealed surface for the parking area, landscaping along the frontage area and screened fencing around the storage area, according to a report to the council.

However, the panel followed suggestions from real estate agent Mary DeWitt, who represents the trust, by recommending waiving the paving and landscaping requirements. DeWitt prefers instead to provide a gravel surface for dust control.

DeWitt said after the council action that she sees no need for paving and landscaping because she is conforming with the town's unified development ordinance. She has been renting the site to Myers Sandblasting since January.

Paving requirements would kick in if DeWitt were to change the building, Town Attorney Phyllis Smiley said.

"Everything that she plans to do is per code," Smiley said.

Gravel parking meets the code, said DeWitt's attorney, Bill O'Leary of Prescott.

Councilman Darryl Croft said he was confused, and motioned to postpone a decision.

DeWitt told the council, "I am so sorry that you can't figure it out. The young man in that business has several projects lined up."

Mayor Chris Marley said he would feel "uncomfortable" making a decision that evening.

The council approved Croft's motion by a simple majority, with council members Mike Best and Linda Hatch voting "no" and Councilwoman Pat McKee abstaining. McKee said afterward that she abstained because she had been on vacation.

The council also engaged in a lengthy discussion with driving range owner Steve Chontos, who opposes a plan to extend Road 1 East. Chontos contends the extension will take up three-fourths of an acre of his property, and Hatch spoke in his defense.

Ron Grittman, town engineer/public works director, said Chontos' argument is a "moot point" because the Arizona Department of Transportation officials have made up their minds. He added the town will contribute $100,000 to pay for a roundabout on Highway 89 in the area.

Chontos said, "I'm not done yet. Mr. Grittman just misinformed the council on two issues."

Grittman said he will provide minutes of council meetings dating to this past November.

"Mr. Chontos' voice has been heard," Grittman said.

The council also listened to a request from Clyde Marshall to reduce dust along his street, M A Perkins Trailway, a dirt road.

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