Development of troublesome Troon tract of land hinges upon roadway access

Lot V on the Green, pictured in center, is a .70-acre site in the Troon North area. (Graphic by City of Scottsdale)

A request for approval of a four-lot residential final plat is to be considered on Monday, April 15, after being continued by Scottsdale City Council.

On April 2, City Council voted 4-3 to continue Lot V on the Green’s request to subdivide a tract located within “On the Green at Troon North.”

Councilmembers Linda Milhaven, Guy Phillips and Mayor Jim Lane were the three dissenting votes.

The request to continue the item came from the On the Green Troon North Home Owners Association, citing ongoing negotiations between the HOA and the applicant, Troon Eagles LLC, to settle on a cost-sharing agreement for access of White Feather Lane.

The existing On the Green at Troon North plat dedicated tract “V” for future development, according to a city staff report.

The .70-acre site is at 10299 E. White Feather Lane, in Scottsdale, and zoned resort/townhouse residential district.

The final plat approval was on the council’s consent agenda, prior to being pulled to be discussed and voted on.

The preliminary plat was previously approved by the Development Review Board on Aug. 1, 2013 with a vote of 6-0; followed by a re-approval for the site on Aug. 18, 2016, passing with a 7-0 vote.

In December 2018 the Development Review Board amended stipulation to remove additional natural area open space requirements with a 6-0 vote.

According to city officials, there is a private, civil dispute regarding access to the plot of land. Lot V has public access along east Dynamite Boulevard and a portion of 103rd street, while north 104th street and east White Feather Lane are private roadways, Senior Planner Jesus Murillo says.

All four roadways surround Lot V.

City Councilwoman Kathy Littlefield said she wanted to pull the item for discussion based on the issue of the private roadway.

“I do want to continue this — this is what I wanted to pull it for. The reason is because of the street, not because of the four town houses,” Ms. Littlefield said on the dais.

“And now from what the association’s had to say, I think we should give them the time to work out these differences with the developer, the HOAs and make sure they have smoothed over all of the troubles here. There have been, I know over the past couple of months, quite a few disagreements regarding White Feather Lane, and the use of it, how it can be used, how it should be used.”

Mr. Murillo says from what he understands, the Lot V tract does not have authority to access off of White Feather Lane.

“At this time there is a dispute between the tract owner and the HOA about whether the tract has access to White Feather. That’s a civil dispute between two parties, it’s not something the city can adjudicate one way or another.

There’s legal arguments on both sides,” City Attorney Bruce Washburn said at the meeting.

“Of course when someone comes in for final plat approval, the determination that needs to be made is whether they’ve met all of the city’s requirements. As staff has indicated in the submission to council, it believes the applicant has met all of the legal requirements.”

Prior to the vote, Mayor Jim Lane noted the plat of land has been a “troubled piece of property for a long time.”

Scottsdale City Council is expected to vote on the item on April 15, at its regular 5 p.m. meeting held at City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

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