“Blockbuster” CG Planning Agenda

As reported in the September 30, 2014 issue of the CASA GRANDE DISPATCH:

P&Z to discuss Tractor Supply and PhoenixMart

Staff Reports
Consideration of a major site plan for a Tractor Supply Co. distribution center and a change in land use designation for PhoenixMart are scheduled for discussion at Thursday’s Casa Grande Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 510 E. Florence Blvd. It’s open to the public.  A 100-acre parcel on the
southwest corner of Burris and Peters roads is where Tractor Supply plans to build a
663,617-square foot distribution center. Final landscape plans and major site plans for the facil-
ity are to be considered by the commission Thursday.
The company is proposing to construct a 36-foot tall building made of concrete panel wall. It will be built to allow for a future 300,000-square-foot expansion on the west side, according to staff reports. Cars and semi-trailers will enter the facility from Peters Road. The site will be designed
with queuing areas for semitrailers so that they do not back up onto Peters Road.
The facility is expected to employ about 90 workers for each of its two initial shifts. Eventually, a third shift may be added, according to staff reports.  Roads, parking lots, truck docks and truck maneuvering areas are included in the proposed plans for the facility.
A request by AZ Sourcing, developers of PhoenixMart, for a major general plan amendment is also on the agenda.  AZ Sourcing owns about 585 acres on Florence Boulevard between Overfield and Toltec Buttes roads. The company has proposed building a master-planned com
munity with a 1.7-million-square-foot manufacturer sourcing center and showroom as its centerpiece.
Support businesses and residences are planned nearby.  Thursday’s request proposes changing the land use designation on 111 acres from neighborhoods to commerce and business to allow for office, retail, restaurants, wholesale, hotels, residences and other mixed uses on the property, according to staff reports. “The intent of this request is to provide additional services and significant job creation for the community,” the staff report says.
Plans for a new McDonald’s restaurant on Promenade Parkway, a re-examination of a proposed O Reilly Auto Parts store on Florence Boulevard and conditional use permit approval for
two model homes to be built in Cottonwood Ranch also will be considered by the commission.
Two re-subdivision requests are on the agenda.  The first proposes a re-subdivision of Parcels 3 and 5 of Mission Plaza at Mission Royale.  The second proposes re-subdividing Casa Grande BusinessPark on Thornton Road to create two new large industrial lots.  Under the plan, an existing manufacturing building will be converted into a commercial bakery.

Wow, this is controversial stuff!  Wonder how the Commission will derail it before Council does.  Maybe they’ll split up the work so both get partial credit.