By Matthew Roy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
The City of Goodyear at its May 13 meeting approved a developer’s request for a Planned Area Development Amendment, which clears the way to add more homes and a welcome center to the Estrella master planned community.
With approval of the amended PAD (which was initially approved in 2013), developer Newland Communities plans to add a new spine road, up to 1,250 homes of four different types, and a new welcome center on a 287-acre portion of the parcels located in a 617-acre area. The development is located east of Cotton Lane and northwest of South Estrella Parkway. The new subdivision, to be called Lucero, will add to the 20,000-acre Estrella community, which was started in 1986 and is already home to more than 12,000 residents.
The balance of that 617 acres will remain open space, owing to the necessities of the terrain, such as a ridgeline and several minor wash corridors. A new main roadway, to be called Village Drive, will wend through the land’s natural curves in what the developer calls an “orchestrated community” or a “clustered development strategy”. Such a community will, “… carefully develop these adjoining lands in a manner that doesn’t detract from the visual character that exists along [Estrella] Parkway,” according to a submitted document.
Clustered in sections around the natural landforms of the community will be four housing types of varying densities – instead of earlier the approved plans, which had included a golf course. The lowest density area will be along the northernmost section of parcels, on which will rise as many as 423 semi-custom lots with up to four units per acre.
The low medium density parcels, at up to six units per acre, will include single family detached lots situated in clusters throughout the whole community. This more traditional home type will include up to 561 units.
In the medium high density area (with up to 12 units per acre) will be clusters of duplex paired lots. On the southwestern-most parcel, at the intersection of Cotton and Estrella, will be a cluster of townhomes. This higher density area will include up to 266 units.
The new welcome center will replace an existing center located near the lakefront south of Elliot Road. Along with traditional welcome center components will be a café, bike shop and hiking trailhead. It will also include a variety of outdoor areas for events. This could transition to a community or retail facility, depending on future needs.
The Lucero subdivision will be constructed in four phases, with the spine road and welcome center to be included in Phase One. The townhomes will be built in the final phase.
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