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"Scottsdale Airport Commission rejects apartment proposals"

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Scottsdale Airport Commission rejects apartment proposals
City Council will have final say
The Arizona Republic

The Scottsdale Airport Commission rejected three Scottsdale Airpark
apartment proposals this week, fearing that nearby residents would complain
about aircraft noise and push for flight restrictions.
The commissioners recommended that the Scottsdale City Council reject all
three apartment projects. Wednesday's vote was 4-2 on all the apartment
proposals, which include a combined 1,565 units.
"Housing and an airport are the most incompatible land uses," Commissioner
John Washington said.
Apartments is one sector of the housing market that is ramping up for
development. Close to 3,500 apartment units have been proposed across the
The airpark projects are Zocallo Residential, with a plan of 240 units
northeast of Scottsdale Road and Greenway-Hayden Loop; the Crackerjax site,
for 720 units southeast of Paradise Lane and Scottsdale Road; and 605 units
at the former car dealership next to Costco on Hayden Road.
Zoning attorney John Berry said residential units already have been approved
in the Airpark at the Scottsdale Quarter.
Zocallo residents would have to sign a disclosure statement making them
aware of the airport proximity and potential aircraft noise, he said.
The developer would add soundproofing to the units and agree to never
convert the apartments to condominiums, Berry said, adding that apartment
dwellers are far less likely to complain about aircraft noise than
Commissioners Washington, Gunnar Buzzard, Michael Goode and Stephen Ziomek
voted against the apartments, while Ken Casey and William Schuckert
supported the plans. Commissioner William Bergdoll was absent.
The Scottsdale Planning Commission previously recommended approval of the
projects. The City Council will have final say.

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