McDowell Mountain Ranch area rezoned for internal storage facility

A zoning district map for a vacant swath of land in north Scottsdale has been amended to allow for an internal community storage facility.

Scottsdale City Council adopted an ordinance approving a zoning district map amendment for a 4.7-acre portion of Parcel K, of the McDowell Mountain Ranch Development Plan. The item included a parking reduction of 64 percent for the internalized community storage use at 10101 E. McDowell Mountain Ranch Road.

The adopted ordinance was approved on consent by the City Council at their March 19 meeting held at City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
The former designation of planned convenience center, environmentally sensitive lands did not allow the proposed use, and the newly approved rezoning allows for a wider variety of commercial uses, a city staff report states.

The planned convenience center designation was intended to provide basic convenience goods shopping and services within walking distance of nearby residents. The subject property was annexed in 1972 with single-family zoning and rezoned to the “convenience center” designation in 1993.

The new zoning designation of neighborhood commercial will permit an internalized community storage and other commercial uses that are not permitted in the existing zoning district.

The site plan has been designated to preserve the Rio Verde canal as natural open space, the staff report states.

The proposed internal community storage use is estimated to generate 352 daily vehicle trips, compared to a shopping center use under the former zoning, which was estimated to generate 1,934 daily vehicle trips.

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