Scottsdale uses zoning district map amendment to make way for hotel

Plans for a new hotel are underway after the Scottsdale City Council adopted a zoning district map amendment, changing a previously-approved development plan for a vacant lot in south Scottsdale.

Originally, the development plan called for a mixed-use development called Diamondback Commons to go on the 36,788-square-foot lot at 7312 E. Thomas Road. Instead, the new owner wants to build a three-story hotel with 44 guest rooms and two residential units.

The approval of this change, and the adoption of the Country Inn Hotel Development Plan into public records, came at the council’s Tuesday, Nov. 13 meeting at City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

The lot is on the north side of Thomas Road near the intersection of Thomas and 73rd Street. A community storage facility sits to the north of the property and a veterinary and petcare facility is on the south. There is commercial/office facilities on the east and west of the property.

The site is zoned for Planned Use Development, which carries a specific set of criteria. That criteria includes a traditional pattern of development standards such as height, setback and lot coverage, among others.

The city encourages this type of zoning be commercial, employment, hospitality, multi-family residential or townhouse residential that promotes a mix of day and night activities.

The Development Review Board and the Planning Commission both decided to recommend the project forward. City staff says it has not received any public comment on the matter.

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

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