By Philip Haldiman, Editor-in-Chief | The Dealmaker
Glendale gained nearly 180 acres of land Tuesday, with the annexation of Maricopa County land into the western part of the city.
The city council also approved residential and neighborhood commercial rezoning as well as a minor General Plan Amendment for a roughly 180-acre residential master panned community at Olive Avenue and Citrus Road, near Loop 303.
The project was previously zoned and platted through Maricopa County.
The items, which were passed unanimously, would pave the way for the development Zanjero Pass, which includes a proposed 491 single-family housing development, with four distinct neighborhoods.
“The annexation will provide for future growth opportunities in Glendale,” said Assistant Planning Director Tabitha Perry at the meeting.
One person spoke in opposition to the annexation.
Waddell resident Fred DeWorth testified residents in the area don’t have enough information about the annexation.
“There has been some confusion because many thought this property was going to be annexed by Surprise,” DeWorth said. “I believe the citizens need more communication.”
Councilman Gary Sherwood said nearby residents will be included in future vetting of the development.
In other Glendale news, longtime Planning Director, Jon Froke, has resigned.