Wednesday, September 28, 2022 4:52 am

No special treatment, former county planning commissioner says

A sign advertises Goodyear. The city ranked sixth in the U.S. in the rate of population growth last year, according to a Census Bureau report released on Thursday.

By Tom Scanlon | West Valley View

Goodyear and Litchfield Park residents were upset last month after learning of a “cross-dock” facility that could bring thousands of truck trips per day to Camelback Road.

The discovery that the owner of the Falcon Golf Course, site of the proposed industrial facility, was vice chairman of the Maricopa County Planning and Zoning Commission only added fuel to the residents’ fire.

“Mike Cowley is the president of Cowley Companies,”  said John Connolly, president of the Litchfield Greens HOA. “This is the same Mike Cowley that was the Planning and Zoning commissioner for District 3 and until March 2020 was the vice chair of the Planning and Zoning Commission. How is the president of a multi-million dollar company participating in the purchasing of properties when they are ultimately responsible for the planning and zoning of these exact properties?


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