City Council approves rezoning, higher density in north Scottsdale

Scottsdale City Hall is at 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. in downtown Scottsdale. (File photo)

A 77.6-acre lot at the northeast corner of Joy Ranch Road and Boulder View Drive will get a new zoning designation after the Scottsdale City Council gave its blessing.

The City Council approved on consent the change from R1-190 to R1-43 single-family residential zoning at its Tuesday, March 19 meeting at City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

The owner Sonoran Peaks LLC hopes to bring forth a 52-lot subdivision with single-family residential environmentally sensitive lands overlay. The lot is vacant at the time of the vote.

A change in zoning means lot sizes will change.

Under the R1-190 designation, a lot had to be 190,000 square feet with lots being a minimum of 300 feet in width.

This would have resulted in about 16 lots and under the previous density standards, only one home could go on each lot.

With the change to R1-43, lots can be 43,000 square feet with a minimum width of 150 feet, allowing for the 52 lots. This works out to .67 dwelling units per acre as opposed to .2 dwelling units per acre.

This property — which borders the Tonto National Forest to the south and east — will have 30 acres of natural area open space with six acres of tract NAOS.

For transportation, the city anticipates the rezoning to create 570 daily vehicle trips compared to the 193 daily vehicle trips under the previous zoning.

Several nearby residents sent their displeasure to the city as part of the public outreach process. Several issues with the rezoning centered on the proposed density or higher traffic,

“The developer knew what they were buying when they bought the parcel originally, and the limitations that came with it,” David Ballard, Vista Valle resident, wrote to the Planning Commission.

“I don’t believe they are stating that they were misled in anyway, so why should they not be held to the original contract they entered into?”

News Services Reporter Josh Martinez can be contacted at or at 623-445-2738

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