By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
The Goodyear Planning & Zoning Commission has approved plans for a 48-Unit condo development.
The project, Enclave at Palm Valley North, is under development by Mattamy Arizona and will be built on 8.6 acres at the NEC of Camelback Road and 146th Avenue.
In a letter to Goodyear’s Development Services Department, James Mitchell, director of the Community Initiatives Team at Luke Air Force Base, expressed concerns about the development, given its proximity to the base’s munitions storage area and jet engine test pad.
Mitchell’s statement noted while the project site lies beyond the minimum distance area for developments near the munitions storage area, “This does not guarantee that there will be no structural damage, injuries, or even fatalities if a mishap were to occur.”
The minimum distance boundary is only intended to designate a space beyond which direct structural damage from an accidental blast should be minimal. “If a mishap should occur,” the letter states, “the risk of some structural damage is still present, as well as the risk of bodily injury and possible fatalities from flying debris.”
The letter also warned noise from jet engine testing will exceed comfortable levels and would likely prove to be a source of irritation for potential residents.
To address those concerns, the commission will require disclosure to prospective residents that the property is near the base and they may experience noise and vibrations as part of Luke’s operations.
According to Mattamy, no construction timeline or budgets have yet been put in place.