Surprise Council stops Sycamore Farms rezone plans

By Richard Smith | Your Valley

The six different applications for rezoning in the Sycamore Farms PAD combined into one action item may not split back up, or at least face significant changes.

During its May 2 meeting the Surprise City Council made it clear it would not approve any of the rezones except for the parcel that has Home Depot and a grocery store planned.

Because of the interconnected nature of the plans, which include a high density apartment complex and two smaller casita-style properties, developer representatives said they would prefer the entire proposal was continued so they can rework it.

“The challenge with commercial is not just getting investors to fund it. It is keeping it with good tenants over time,” said Taylor Earl of Phoenix-based Earl and Curley PC.

Initially May 2, Vice Mayor Chris Judd made a motion to approve parcel 11A — featuring Home Depot, a grocer and fitness center and exclude everything else.

Jason Morris, of Phoenix-based Withey Morris Baugh PLC was there representing Home Depot. Morris said that motion would make it more difficult for the businesses interested in Parcel 11, as well as the rest of the parcels in the mix, some of whom may not want to be presented as a stand alone.


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