PLANNING & ARCHITECTURAL COMMITTEE
Mary Olson is the new Executive Committee Secretary as well as the new chair of our Planning & Architectural Committee, with Past Chair Dick Roberts as a Liaison to the Executive Committee. Ms. Olson also invited long time committee member and past chair Bill O’Malley to become vice chair and he accepted!
The committee will also be undergoing some policy changes that will be effective in March. These changes include attendance policy, charter, and voting rights. To see full minutes, click on the link in the sidebar.
About The Committee:
The Planning & Architectural Committee reviews all planning and development projects proposed for Green Valley. This review must occur before Pima County will issue a permit to the developer/Planner. The Review Requirements for the Committee can be accessed in the side bar, as can the requirements for Pima County Permit. In the event of a conflict, the Pima County requirement take precedence.
Kino Landing Project
The Kino Landing Project is currently under review. This project is a 20+-acre, multipurpose-use site, located north of the Green Valley Hospital. The development of the Green Valley Medical Center with medical offices and retail stores is Phase 1 of the project and Phase 2 is the construction rehabilitation and living facilities.
The Committee, the Developer (McDowell Enterprises, LLC) and the Design Team (WLB Group) have met on several occasions, including a public meeting held at the Santa Rita Springs Community Center. The purpose of this meeting was to present the proposed plans to adjoining HOAs. At the meeting held on March 2, 2016, the Committee members reviewed all of the proposed building specifications. The developer is proposing that 45% of the buildings will be one story, 35% two-story and 25%, three-story. After extensive discussion about the sightlines, the Committee determined that due to the slope of the land decreasing in height toward the Santa Cruz River valley, the increased heights of the buildings should not cause a problem with the adjoin HOAs. The Committee unanimously approved the requests by the developer to change the Zoning Ordinance to allow two and three-story buildings and to increase the building height limit from thirty (30) feet to thirty-six (36) feet.
Further discussion of the proposed Kino Landing project focused on traffic issues related to traffic conditions on the Frontage Rd. and particularly access between the hospital and Kino Landing as only one access point planned. McDowell Enterprises, LLC is also building the Medical Center adjacent to the Green Valley Hospital. A Traffic Impact Analysis was prepared for the Green Valley Medical Center in 2013 by McDowell Enterprises, LLC, and is provided as reference for further discussion.
Building colors have yet to be determined and the landscaping plans are being prepared. Pima County advised the Committee that all of the proposed uses of the site are in compliance with the current zoning of the property. A number of meetings with the Committee and the Green Valley community will be required before the Planning & Architectural Committee gives their final approval.
TSC Tractor Supply Company
The final plans for a tractor supply proposed store, which will be located on the northeast corner of the intersection of I-19 and Esperanza Boulevard, was approved in December 2015. “TSC Tractor Supply Co.” is a national chain with a number of stores located throughout the country. The typical store has a façade of a “big box” retail complex. The Committee was successful in negotiating a design for the exterior of the building that complements the adjoining homes and the Green Valley East Center recreation complex. In addition, the normal chain link fences will be replaced with an iron rail fence and new signage will reflect the character of Green Valley.
Over past several years the Committee has reviewed and approved a number of projects, some of which like the TSC Tractor Supply Company and the new steeple for the Mormon church have been approved but have not yet started construction.