Plan for 178 homes near Saguaro Park West may find smoother path

Some neighbors and environmentalists object to the project, which they say will encroach on an important wildlife corridor used by inhabitants of the nearby national park./A.E. Araiza/Arizona Daily Star 2014

By Emily Bregel | Arizona Daily Star

A plan to build 178 homes on the historic Lazy K Bar Guest Ranch is headed to a public hearing this week, more than two years after a similar proposal was rejected twice by the Marana Town Council.

But this time around, to the dismay of opponents, developers have found a way around a statute that previously required the proposal to get support from a supermajority of Town Council members.

The development proposal includes a zoning change to allow for increased density on the 138-acre property a half-mile north of Saguaro National Park West. Under its current “resort and recreation” zoning, the land could have about 42 homes — one home per 3.3 acres — or a 600-unit hotel.

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