Phoenix Country Day School requests SUP for new admin building

Phoenix Country Day School campus (file photo)

Phoenix Country Day School campus (file photo)

The Phoenix Country Day School is requesting a Special Use Permit in hopes of building a new administration building on its campus at 3901 E. Stanford Drive in Paradise Valley.

The Town of Paradise Valley Town Council will discuss the request during the study session of its Thursday, Dec. 1 town council meeting.

The town has issued a statement of direction regarding the project, saying the Planning Commission will further review the project for specified criteria.

Specifically, the Planning Commission will focus on:

  • Lighting, landscape buffers, screening of mechanical equipment, signage and height of the new administration building;
  • Location, lighting and type of proposed new signage located at the campus to ensure it meets all current and proposed lighting standards;
  • Discouraging excessive fencing and limiting excessive fencing to areas where that amount of fencing is needed to secure campus.

According to the Statement of Direction, the document is not a final decision by the town council and should not “create any vested rights to the approval of a Special Use Permit.”

In addition to a new administration building, the school is also seeking new fencing and signage.

According to the proposal, the proposed building will be 27 feet in height with an architectural spire, topping out the structure at 35 feet high. It will cover 9,810 square feet, which will replace the existing 2,700 building, according to the proposal.=

The school is also requesting a new sign at the corner of Stanford Drive and 40th Street to replace the existing sign in addition to requesting another sign at the main entrance of the school and additional signage around the administration building.

The proposal states the Planning Commission will focus its review of the school’s proposal by examining the visible effects the amendment could have on neighbors of the school.

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