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Posted on: September 14, 2018

Copper Point Development Frequently Asked Questions

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SUMMARY: The Sahuarita Town Council unanimously approved the Copper Point Development Agreement and Specific Plan, Resolution No. 2017-0505, on June 12, 2017. Although it was approved by the entire Town Council, a Political Committee named “Citizens for Public Integrity by Rancho Sahuarita Management Company LLC” disagreed with the Council’s decision and circulated a petition allowing this issue to be placed on the November ballot.


Whether the development moves forward is dependent on the outcome of the vote. If Proposition 469 is approved by voters, Resolution 2017-0505 will be approved and the development could move forward. If the development proceeds, it could be a phased approach as is detailed in the Development Agreement. If Proposition 469 is not approved by the voters, Resolution 2017-0505 will be voided, and the development could not move forward as planned.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: 

How many roads would be built? One “spine road” and neighborhood roads would be built. Phase one would bring the road from Pima Mine Rd., across the Union Pacific Railroad tracks, south to just past the existing Camino Rancheria, which provides a secondary access to the east. Phase two would extend the spine road south ultimately reaching the end of the property that borders vacant state land.


Who builds and pays for the Infrastructure? The developer would construct public infrastructure, including, but not limited to, roads, traffic signals, utilities and other improvements necessary to provide primary access to the Property. Ultimately, the developer would dedicate the improvements to the Town at no charge upon completion. The Town would not issue any building permits for the property until the public infrastructure improvements are completed.


How would the development get water and wastewater? The developer must enter into a water service agreement and wastewater service agreement with the Town. These agreements would need to be in place before construction of the road and RR crossing, and the first development plan or plat on the property is approved. 


The developer can request to be connected to facilities within the Designated Management Areas assigned to their location. If they are declined service, they may request to be connected to another facility in an adjacent Designated Management Area.


With regulatory approval and oversight, by Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC), and Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR), the developer could establish their own water well and water facility, and/or add their own sewer treatment facility on their property.


Who approves the Railroad crossing? The AZ Corporation Commission (ACC) would approve the crossing. The developer must enter into a water service agreement and wastewater service agreement with the Town (or other alternative) before the RR crossing could be completed.


The Town would submit the application to the ACC. If the ACC approves construction of the crossing, the developer, the Railroad and the Town will work together to complete it.  If the ACC does not approve the application, building permits would not be issued until a plan has been approved, including a secondary point of access. The Town and the developer would work together to determine an alternative based on an updated traffic study.


Where does this process for the Railroad crossing stand now? It has not been started; the application to the ACC has not been submitted. 


Why not? The railroad crossing is part of the Copper Point development that is on the November ballot as Proposition 469.


Is the developer being required to build a new school? The developer said it is committed to working with the Sahuarita Unified School District to develop solutions to help offset the costs of new schools or improvements to existing schools that are impacted by the addition of new students to the district.


Would there be parks? There is one 3-acre park and a pocket park (location to be determined) and 19 acres of open space in the plan.


What other amenities would there be in the neighborhood park? The park would be owned and maintained by the Copper Point HOA. 


It would also provide restrooms, a splash pad, vehicle/bike parking, a half-sized basketball court, two ramadas with concrete pads, picnic tables, BBQ grills, one shaded play structure, turf area, water fountain, dog waste stations, and benches.


Would there be a community pool? The 3-acre neighborhood park would contain a community pool of at least 3200 sq. ft. with a combined or separate kiddie pool or cabana
area.


Would there be trails and open space? Yes. Approximately 2 to 3 acres of neighborhood trails would be developed along open space corridors. A pedestrian trail and bike routes would connect to the public sidewalks, main entrance roadways and bike lanes along the spine road, Camino Rancheria, and to the existing bike lanes along Pima Mine Rd. Other interior connections would be determined during future site development.


What about a clubhouse? While permitted in the residential areas, the developer has not committed to building a clubhouse. 


Are apartments being built in this development? No apartments are being built. The developer revised the plan to remove apartments after hearing from the public.


How many homes and commercial properties are expected to be built? Housing is a mixture of low and medium density single family residences with a total of 806 dwelling units. Of these units, 168 can be commercial or residential, leaving 638 dwelling units.


What about commercial property? Mixed use is allowed on 14 acres of the development to the north, closer to Pima Mine Rd. This would allow neighborhood commercial and/or a variety of residential options, except for apartments.


RELATED DOCUMENTS:

Proposition 469 and 470

Sahuarita Water Reclamation Facility Fact Sheet




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