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Posted on February 21, 2014 at 7:30 AM by City Staff
Major General Plan Amendment Applications
Staff continues to meet with and provide information via telephone regarding the submittal process for an application for a Major General Plan Amendment. To date, we have not received any submittals, but we expect to receive some by the deadline of Friday, February 28, 2014. We plan to hold some Pre-Application Meetings with property owners prior to the deadline to discuss procedural processes.
The Village at Litchfield Park
The Management Company of The Village at Litchfield Park submitted a request inquiring about the steps to convert an existing public residential neighborhood to a private gated neighborhood. On January 17, 2014, I provided the Management Company with a summary document and a general outline of the necessary steps and considerations to achieve the desire of gating the local streets in the development.
The brief summary of the process includes:
1. The HOA petitions the City to convert the internal streets to private streets and install gated entrances.
2. The HOA agrees to accept the ownership and maintenance of the streets behind the gates.
3. Conceptual plans/designs must be approved by the City and other agencies.
4. Sites plans must be approved by the Design Review Board and the City Council.
5. Access and utility easements over the existing rights-of-way must be established, and approved by the City and utility companies.
6. The HOA prepares construction plans for review by the City.
7. As the construction of the gated entrances nears completion, the City will submit for City Council approval of the formal abandonment of the street rights-of-way. The former street rights-of-way will then become tracts owned by the HOA.
It is my understanding that this matter will be discussed in the near future. I will keep you informed of any further developments in this regard.
Tierra Verde Lake Retaining Wall
We are in the process of securing a Design Build contractor for the replacement of the failing Tierra Verde Lake Retaining Wall via a RFQ (qualification based selection process). The Design Build delivery method will procure a qualified consultant/contractor who specializes in this type of construction. The unique nature of this project, and the specialized knowledge required to implement the construction, is best served by a contractor/design team who has extensive experience on lakeside construction and the challenges involved with these types of projects. As the draining of the lake is an integral part of this project, the selected consultant/contractor will be responsible for said phase, so as to assure one point of contact and responsibility for the overall project.
RFQs are due February 14, 2014, and the submittals will be reviewed by a Selection Committee to determine a recommendation to the Mayor and Council. It is expected that a recommendation will be made to Council shortly thereafter and a Special Council Meeting will be scheduled to award the contract. Once the selection is made, and contract signed, draining of the lake will commence. It is anticipated that draining/ construction will commence in March and the project be completed within six months. However, the construction schedule will be set by the Design Build contractor and may reflect a different length of time. The seriousness of this matter cannot be overstated and time is of the essence.
EPCOR Water Proposal
I received letters from EPCOR Water regarding two submittals regarding:
1. Application to the Arizona Corporation Commission to extend the Agua Fria Wastewater Service Area; and
2. Proposed amendment to the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Section 208 Water Quality Management Plan.
EPCOR Water proposes a West Valley Regional Water Reclamation Facility (WVRWRF) to service the general vicinity of Luke Air Force Base, from Peoria to Camelback Road and from Litchfield Road to Citrus Road. The proposed WVRWRF will be constructed to initially provide wastewater service for the Phase 1 landowners who are part of the Loop 303 Corridor Project, as well as the Elliott Homes Granite Vista development, Cordillera and Russell Ranch. Ultimately, the facility may have a capacity of approximately 8 million gallons per day.
Response letters, which were provided to the Mayor and Council, raised the following concerns regarding the proposed treatment plant:
· Noise, odor and other nuisance impacts on the residents of Litchfield Park.
· That the package plant be completely enclosed and equipped with state-of-the-art noise, odor and nuisance control components.
· Use of “vault and haul” operations, which entails pumping of raw sewage from an underground chamber into tank trucks; which then haul the raw sewage to a nearby wastewater treatment plant for disposal. Concern of the use of Litchfield Road through Litchfield Park as a route.
· Removal of sludge from the plant to a landfill or placement on agricultural fields for disposal. Concern of odors and truck routes.
· Discharge of effluent from the plant into local washes or irrigation district facilities. (I shared this concern with the City of Goodyear in reference to the possible use of Bullard Wash.)
· Requested that, since the proposed EPCOR plant is up-gradient from the City of Litchfield Park and the Crane Plume, EPCOR be required to recharge effluent into the groundwater aquifer in a means designed to provide long-term resistance to the spread of the Plume.
We are in communication with EPCOR, MAG and the Arizona Corporation Commission regarding our requests. I am encouraged that all parties are taking our concerns seriously and appear to be willing to address each item in a proactive manner. I will keep you informed of any further developments in this regard.