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Prescott Planning and Zoning Commission Recommends Approval of both Annexations for Arizona Eco Development (AED)

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  • After a September 10th meeting, in which Thomas Hutchison objected to holding a vote, the Planning and Zoning Commission reconvened for a final vote
  • For AED North & South, the move to recommend City of Prescott equivalent zoning upon annexation passed 6-0.
  • For AED North & South, the approval of proposed master plans and the approval of the proposed rezoning passed 5-1, with Commissioner Tom Hutchinson voting against the measures, asking for more information about the Master Plan and the rezoning recommendations
  • This starts a 60-day public comment period as required by Prop 400
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Prescott Planning & Zoning finish up the initial considerations for AED North and South.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Prescott, AZ (August September 16, 2020) — At their meeting on September 15, the Planning and Zoning Commission voted to recommend approval of  Arizona Eco Development (AED) North and South annexations, master plans, and rezonings to City Council following a series of public hearings on August 27, September 10, and September 15, 2020. 

The proposed AED annexations are subject to the additional requirements of Proposition 400 (City of Prescott Resolution No. 3735), since the area being proposed for annexation is greater than 250 acres. Proposition 400 requirements include:

  •  A 60-day public comment period following the Planning and Zoning Commission’s vote on the Master Plan, and prior to the Council voting on the annexation ordinance.
  •  Final approval of the annexation by Council must be a super majority (at least six affirmative votes).

With the actions taken by the Commission on September 15th, the sixty-day public comment period commences, starting today, September 16, 2020 and will end on November 14, 2020 for both projects. 

Following the conclusion of the sixty-day public comment period on November 14, 2020, the City Council will hold public hearings to discuss the proposed projects. The public comments received during the sixty day period will be quantified, summarized by topic, and reviewed with the Council at those meetings. 

“I am pleased that the matter of AED is moving forward,” said Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli.  “After over two years, the matter will now be decided by Prescott City Council.  I am hopeful that this matter can be approved by the end of 2020.  Given that the basic structure of the annexation agreement has been outlined in a signed Letter of Intent (LOI), I am confident we can get this done.”

The LOI was signed in May by the City and AED.  At the time, the LOI major provisions were  endorsed by the Save the Dells organization.  A copy of the LOI can be found on the City of Prescott website, Prescott-az.gov, click on AED Annexation on the home page.

Public comments can be sent by regular mail to: City of Prescott Community Development Department, Planning Unit, 201 South Cortez, Prescott, AZ 86303; or by email to one of the following (please use these address options to sort comments according to project):

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