Paradise Valley Planning Commission recommends approval of Ritz-Carlton

A graphic rendering of the proposed Paradise Valley Ritz-Carlton development project. (Submitted graphic)

A graphic rendering of the proposed Paradise Valley Ritz-Carlton development project. (Submitted graphic)

After weeks of deliberation the Paradise Valley Planning Commission has voted to recommend Paradise Valley Town Council approve major amendments to a previously approved special-use permit allowing the construction of a Ritz-Carlton resort community within town limits.

The commission voted 5-2 Tuesday, Oct. 20 at Town Hall, 6401 E. Lincoln Drive. Commission members Thomas Campbell and Richard Mahrle were the dissenting votes.

Scottsdale-based Five Star Development is preparing a 105-acre swath of land an arrow’s shot from Scottsdale and Lincoln roads for a Ritz-Carlton project that includes six development-area characteristics:

  • Area A: 200-room resort on 18.1 acres
  • Area A1: 120 resort-branded villas
  • Area B: 66 single-family homes on 31.3 acres
  • Area C: 45 resort-branded, single-family homes on 22.5 acres
  • Area D: 74 townhomes on 8.8 acres
  • Area E: In-flux design as deannexation of 12.9 acres is yet to be determined

Town officials say the project will encompass 1,666,013 square feet with a lot coverage of 26.3 percent. The first plan was put to a public vote in November 2008 and Paradise Valley residents overwhelmingly approved the resort project by a more than 2-to-1 margin.

“Last Tuesday’s Planning Commission vote to recommend approval of the Ritz Carlton Paradise Valley project was a big step in the right direction,” said Paradise Valley Mayor Michael Collins following the Oct. 20 vote.

“On behalf of the council I would like to thank our seven-resident volunteer planning commissioners who spent the last several months working hard on this project. Their persistence and professionalism has laid the foundation for a wonderful new resort property and addition to our community.”

Paradise Valley Town Council is hosting a community conversation event 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5. The meeting will serve as a joint meeting between the planning commission and town council where commission members will provide comment and feedback on the recommendation vote, town officials say.

Mayor Collins says the municipal development process is moving forward.

“Mr. Ayoub and the Five Star Development team worked hard and in good faith revising the initially proposed plan until it met the requirements of both the council’s Statement of Direction and high standards in land use and design quality that the planning commission holds,” he said.

“The land-use plan for the project gets better each week and I look forward to hearing what the community thinks at the Nov. 5 Community Conversation on the Ritz. This will be a joint meeting of the council and planning commission where staff will present the application as approved by the Commission, each Commissioner will have an opportunity to share their thoughts on the project, Councilmembers will ask questions of both staff and the commission, and the public will have an opportunity to share their opinions with everyone.”

Mayor Collins says the governing board expects a tight timeline of council deliberations.

Paradise Valley Town Council is scheduled to hold study sessions in November and December preceding a Dec. 17 public hearing.

“We are pushing ahead on a very tight timeline and I hope to be able to vote on the project by mid-December,” Mayor Collins said. “We need to hear from residents sooner rather than later in order to consider any remaining challenges that the project may have.”

Northeast Valley Managing Editor Terrance Thornton can be contacted at tthornton@newszap.com

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