Christian Brothers move step closer to Scottsdale facility

A Scottsdale rezoning request approved the municipality's planning commission seeks to allow commercial construction within a utility easement. (Independent Newsmedia/Melissa Fittro)

A Scottsdale rezoning request approved Scottsdale City Council will allow commercial construction within a utility easement. (File photo)

Christian Brothers Automotive is one step closer to building a new facility in Scottsdale after it gained the approval of the city council during an Aug. 31 meeting.

The automotive company is seeking to build an auto-repair facility on a 1.33-acre site, which sits in a utility easement at 11416 E. Desert Cove Ave.

Scottsdale City Council voted 6-1 to approve a zoning district map amendment and a conditional use permit.
Christian Brothers was seeking a Zoning District Map Amendment because of a development plan that was already in place that zoned the area as highway commercial, planned community district. The approval of the amendment removed all zoning stipulations on the site that limit the use of the land on the site to parking and open space use.

Additionally, the council approved a conditional use permit for vehicle repair after it found that all the criteria had been met by Christian Brothers, according to the Aug. 31 city staff report.

The criteria that needed to be satisfied included: the granting of the permit would not negatively affect the public health, safety or welfare; the conditional use would be compatible with other types of use in the surrounding area; and the proposal satisfies the conditions for what the city defines as vehicle repair.

Some of those conditions the city requires of vehicle repair are: repairs performed indoors; vehicles entering from the back of the building, or the side if certain qualifications are met; vehicles waiting to be serviced will be screened from view by either a masonry wall or landscape screen; and vehicles will not be stored in required parking.

The proposed development will feature two one-story buildings, which will house an office and several service bays. Those buildings will stand at 18 feet and 11 inches tall and will cover an area of 7,442 square feet.

In June, the Scottsdale Planning Commission unanimously voted to recommend the project to Scottsdale City Council.

However, the proposal was met with some opposition as some citizens thought an auto-repair shop did not belong on the proposed site because it was in a utility easement.

The proposed site sits on a utility easement held by Arizona Public Service. APS obtained the easement from United Life Title in March of 1973. In 1988, the city council rezoned the area from multifamily residential, planned community district to the current highway commercial, planned community district.

Today, the site is being used as a plant nursery.

News Services Reporter Josh Martinez can be contacted at jmartinez@newszap.com or at 623-445-2738

News Services Reporter Josh Martinez can be contacted at jmartinez@newszap.com or at 623-445-2738

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