Subdivision next to Johnson Utilities sewer plant on hold

Johnson Utilities’ wastewater treatment plant in San Tan Valley. /Jake Kincaid / PinalCentral/

 

By Mark Cowling | Florence Reminder

The Town Council approved the final plat of a new D.R. Horton subdivision west of Hunt Highway, but were hesitant to approve another that bordered a Johnson Utilities wastewater plant.

Some council members noted the persistent odor complaints by residents near the Johnson Utilities plant up the road at Magic Ranch. A majority voted to table action on the subdivision for more information.

The subdivision on hold is Anthem at Merrill Ranch Unit 33, which would have 146 lots west of Hunt Highway and border the treatment plant on two sides.

The council approved Anthem at Merrill Ranch Unit 31, consisting of 113 lots with a density of 5.1 homes per acre. The subdivision expands the current and planned network of green belts and walking trails in Anthem with 2.92 acres of open space, according to a town staff report.

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