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Apr 22

City Manager's April 2014 Report to Council

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 4:27 PM by City Staff

The Village at Litchfield Park, Phase 2B

In accordance with the settlement agreement between the City of Litchfield Park and Toll Brothers, the City has received a total of $84,170.00 from Toll Brothers and Knochel Brothers, which is payment in lieu of Toll Brothers’ obligation to complete the paving repairs of the streets in The Village at Litchfield Park, Phase 2B.  Accordingly, our City Engineer has sent a Certification of Substantial Completion of the paving improvements, pursuant to Paragraph 4 of the Settlement Agreement.  The time and date of substantial completion was 5:00pm on March 28, 2014.

Additionally, on March 31, 2014, the City Engineer issued a Bond Exoneration Letter, as required by the Settlement Agreement approved by City Council.

The repairs to the street paving will be scheduled after a majority of the homes are built on the designated streets, in order to avoid further damage by equipment during the course of construction.

Market Research Study

On Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm, at the Litchfield Elementary School cafeteria, Market Research Consultant Rick Hill, of J. Richard Hill and Company, will present his findings of a macro research study defining the existing retail market and market demand for commercial properties within Litchfield Park to City Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Mr. Hill’s report was prepared exclusively for the City of Litchfield Park to provide the market research and supporting data necessary to make zoning and planning decisions regarding the five undeveloped commercially zoned sites in the city.  Development of the sites will impact the quality of life and the economic health of our community.

We encourage the public to attend this informative presentation and we look forward to learning of Mr. Hill’s findings.

General Plan Amendment Public Input Meetings

As part of the General Plan Amendment process, the City of Litchfield Park will hold “Public Input Meetings” on the following dates at the Litchfield Elementary School cafeteria at 7:00 pm:

            Monday, April 28               GPA 14-01 & GPA 14-02

                                                   JDM Proposals for north and south sides of Village Parkway

            Tuesday, April 29              GPA 14-03 & GPA 14-04

                                                   JDM Proposals for Gold and Patriot (Blue) golf courses

            Wednesday, April 30         GPA 14-05 & GPA 14-06

                                                   Sun Health Proposals for NE and NW corners of Litchfield Road and Camelback Road

Following an introduction and review of the General Plan Amendment process, each applicant will present its proposal to the public.  Our Planner Consultant, Jason Sanks, will provide comments on each application.  Following said presentations, the public will have an opportunity to express opinions on the applications.  Comments from the public will be limited to three minutes for each person and will only be allowed to speak another time if everyone else has had an opportunity to speak.  All comments will be recorded and become public record.

In addition to these designated “Public Input Meetings,” there are other opportunities for the public to express its opinion; City website, emails or letters to the City, attendance at the Planning and Zoning Commission Public Input Meetings and City Council Meetings.

The Planning and Zoning Commission will hold special meetings for the purpose of reviewing the General Plan Amendment Applications and take public comment.  These meetings will be held at Souers Hall at The Church at Litchfield Park at 7:00 pm on:

            Tuesday, May 6                GPA 14-01 & GPA 14-02

                                                   JDM Proposals for north and south sides of Village Parkway

            Tuesday, May 13               GPA 14-03 & GPA 14-04

                                                   JDM Proposals for Gold and Patriot (Blue) golf courses

            Tuesday, May 20               GPA 14-05 & GPA 14-06

                                                    Sun Health Proposals for NE and NW corners of Litchfield Road and Camelback Road

The above April meeting dates and times were posted on the Litchfield Park website, posted at City Hall, and published in the West Valley View.  The same will be done for the May meeting dates.  The public is encouraged to attend any and all of the above meetings and express their opinions on the applications.  At all City sponsored meetings, public comments will be recorded and become public record.  The comments will be available to the City Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission for their use in evaluating the applications.

FY 2014 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Funding

We are in receipt of a letter from Dennis Smith, Executive Director of Maricopa Association of Governments, that Litchfield Park’s applications for CMAQ Funding for a PM-10 Certified Street Sweeper has been approved by MAG Regional Council.  The estimated funding breakdown is as follows:

            Total cost of street sweeper----------------------- $ 248,000

            Federal Highway Administration funding:-------- $ 225,516

            Local cost (City of Litchfield Park)----------------- $  22,484

The purchase of a sweeper must follow strict guidelines.  The sweeper must:

·        meet defined certifications for air quality;

·        purchase must be completed (including reimbursement) by March 26, 2015; and

·        the sweeper must be purchased through the designated procurement pursuant to applicable federal and state procurement regulations.

We are happy to receive this award and plan to begin the procurement process early in FY 2015.  This purchase and reimbursement are included in the FY 2015 Preliminary Budget.

Darryl H. Crossman

City Manager