By Chris Coppola for The Arizona Republic
Plans are moving forward to bring 281 new homes to land in west Chandler, despite opposition from an automotive group that urged the city to preserve the land for future dealerships.
Mattamy Homes is proposing construction of at least 125 condominiums at the northwest corner of 56th Street and Orchid Lane, north of Ray Road. The remaining 156 homes would vary in type. In all, the company is proposing development of about 30 acres, according to a city report on the project.
The Chandler Planning and Zoning Commission endorsed a first step toward the project with a 5-0 vote at its July 15 meeting, recommending a zoning change from agricultural to residential. The city council will consider the proposal next.
Chandler’s planning staff said the proposed development conformed to the General Plan, and that a mix of condos and single-family homes matched well with other nearby development, according to the city report.
An area of the 56th Street/Priest Road alignment in Tempe would need improvements, and the City of Tempe has indicated an additional traffic light would be added at 56th Street and Lisa Lane to handle more traffic, the report added.
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