8/21/2013 8:22:00 AM Cordovana loses bid to put mobile homes on Road 4 North
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Heidi Dahms-Foster Former Editorial Manager
Former Windmill House owner Joe Cordovana lost his bid to use the latest plan for land he owns on Road 4 1/2 North when council on Tuesday, Aug. 13 denied a request for a mobile home park on the property.
During the public hearing portion of the meeting, Planning Consultant Dava Hoffman presented Cordovana's plan to rezone his property from AR5 (Agricultural/Residential - 5-acre minimum) to MHP-4 (Mobile/Manufactured Home Park (4-acre Minimum). She said the Chino Valley Planning & Zoning Commission had looked at the proposed park in a June 18 meeting, and after listening to neighbors and voicing their own concerns about the layout of the park, moved it forward to the July 16 meeting to give Cordovana an opportunity to make some suggested changes to the plan.
Hoffman said Cordovana, after submitting a new site plan, chose to not make further changes, and the Commission sent the plan to council with a recommendation to deny.
During the council public hearing, several residents voiced concerns that also came up in the planning and zoning hearings, particularly the impact the park would have nearby homes and on the area around Bumblebee Drive.
One resident speaking in the public hearing regarding the rezoning request said, "Joe has permanent zoning. It's AR5, it's residential. I say to Joe, bring us a plan for a residential project. Just stop pursuing projects that don't fit in the neighborhood."
The Town of Chino Valley also voted after executive session to settle a long-term dispute with the City of Prescott for water transfer fees. Town Manager Robert Smith said the Town of Chino Valley and the City of Prescott has had a legal battle for many years over past due transaction privilege taxes associated with Prescott moving water through the Town of Chino Valley.
"Earlier today, (Aug. 13) Prescott approved the settlement and tonight Chino Valley approved the settlement to end the litigation and be done," Smith said. "Prescott is still paying the tax, but we're working with them to create an intergovernmental agreement to eliminate it. This settlement was the first step to stop all litigation and be done with the court work."
After going in to executive session, the council reconvened and voted unanimously to accept the settlement.
Chino Valley council meets at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at the Chino Valley Town Hall, 202 N. State Route 89.