Casa Grande trying to bring life to ‘ghost’ developments

Mission Ranch Sept. 2015./Steven King/PinalCentral

By Heather Smathers | Pinal Central

Zombies aren’t running around the streets of Casa Grande, but several unfinished subdivisions make it seem so.

However, the city of Casa Grande is trying to combat that ghost-town feeling.

Planning and Zoning commissioners Thursday voted to send a code amendment to the City Council for future consideration. At the crux of the matter is the amount of time developers and builders have to complete basic infrastructure after subdivisions are given approval by the city.

Mission Ranch Sept. 2015.

Current city code allows up to three years for a developer to complete streets, sidewalks, streetlights, water and sewer mains and outside fencing and landscaping. Planning and Development Director Paul Tice told commissioners that amending the code to allow developers five years to make those improvements was in the city’s best interest.

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