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Posted on August 11, 2014 at 10:21 AM by City Staff
General Plan Amendments
The review process of the five (5) Major General Plan Amendment Applications to the City of Litchfield Park General Plan is continuing in accordance with the calendar as set forth earlier this year. On February 28, 2014, six (6) applications were filed. However, pursuant to a letter dated May 20, 2014, the application previously submitted by Wigwam Joint Venture LP (JDM Partners), GPA 14-04 was withdrawn. Please recall that GPA 14-04 was in reference to a land use change request on a portion of the Wigwam Patriot (Blue) Golf Course.
The remaining Major General Plan Amendment applications to be considered include:
Northwest Corner of Litchfield Road/Village Parkway
Northwest Corner of Litchfield Road/Wigwam Boulevard
Portion of Wigwam Patriot (Blue) & Gold Golf Courses & Driving Range
Northwest Corner of Litchfield Road/Camelback Road
approx. 60 acres
Northeast Corner of Litchfield Road/Camelback Road
74 net acres
On July 18, 2014, notices were sent to local agencies announcing the commencement of the formal 60-day review period, which is from July 21, 2014 to September 21, 2014. The purpose of this review period is to allow agencies, which may be impacted by the proposed amendments, to file written comments on any or all of the proposed amendments. The review agencies include, but are not limited to: local government agencies, MCSO, Goodyear Fire Department, school districts and other learning institutions, public utilities and Luke Air Force Base.
It is anticipated that the Planning and Zoning Commission will consider the applications at a hearing in October, 2014; followed by a City Council hearing in November, 2014. Once confirmed, the specific dates and times for these hearings will be announced through the City’s normal notification channels (website, E-Notify) and pursuant to the Arizona Revised Statutes.
ADOT Local Highway Safety Improvement Program Funding Status
In FY 2012, the MAG Safety Committee, FHWA and ADOT, offered that Cities and Towns could apply for a multiphase safety project(s) that are federally funded by FHWA through ADOT, for the purpose of helping Cities and Towns comply with minimum sign panel reflectivity requirements under the FHWA's Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD); as adopted by the State of Arizona under ARS § 28-641. This was a two-phase project through the FHWA Highway Safety Improvement Plan (HSIP) and was a federally funded Citywide – Sign Management System (SMS), which included an inventory and replacement of regulatory, warning and street name signs within the City’s jurisdictional limits.
Phase One of the Litchfield Park citywide SMS inventory was completed as of May, 2014.
In June of 2014, a kickoff meeting for Phase Two of the citywide SMS project was completed with City Staff, City Engineer’s office, and ADOT working on City street name sign standards (as the City currently does not have a standard) that incorporates the new City logo into the standard. Full scale typical sign “prototypes” are being fabricated and will provide a physical representation of the expected sign appearance. Sample signs will be presented to City Council at its August 6, 2014 meeting and to the Design Review Board on August 7, 2014.
The Village at Litchfield Park has eight-inch high street signs, which are brown in color. In respect to its approved signage when The Village was developed, it is proposed that the brown color street signs remain, but include the new city logo. Other areas of the City have six-inch high green street signs, which are also being replaced and will include the new city logo. All street name signs will meet the reflectivity requirements and will be increased to nine inches in height, to provide better readability and visibility.
ADOT is anticipating the bidding of the sign procurement in late summer/early fall and receipt of signs in blocks by fall/winter of 2014. Per the previously approved ADOT IGA with the City on June 20, 2012, the City Staff will remove and replace the signs over the course of the next year.
The HSIP grant is a 100 percent reimbursable grant. The total federal funding of the two-phase project is $205,000.00 and is to be allocated over FY 2014 and FY 2015 and is divided as follows:
Federal-aid HSIP funds @ 100% (FY 2014) $105,000.00
Federal-aid HSIP funds @ 100% (FY 2015) $100,000.00
Total Federal Funds $205,000.00
Funds are typically reimbursed after the city submits paid invoices for signs to ADOT for reimbursement within 30-45 days after receipt by ADOT.
We believe that the addition of the new streets signs, which will meet reflectivity standards, and are somewhat larger, will offer better visibility to the motorist. Also, the replacement of regulatory (e.g., speed limit signs) and warning signs (e.g., curve ahead) to meet reflectivity standards will increase safety upon our roadways.
Darryl H. Crossman