Bill Van Nimwegen
Pinal County Supervisor Todd House met with residents of Gold Canyon last week to provide updates on new developments in the region and answer questions about the county’s role in future planning.
The meeting at the Gold Canyon United Methodist Church on Kings Ranch Road was well attended, and the open mic afforded residents an opportunity to voice their opinions and offer suggestions.
Supervisor House began the meeting by encouraging participation in the processes already in place and for residents to consider three options for future planning in the community: 1. Hire a professional agency to create an overall plan for Gold Canyon; 2. Bring back the Design Review Overlay (DRO) Committee that was established about 15 years ago and then disbanded; or 3. Do nothing. He said that whatever residents decide to do, growth in the area will not stop.
House used San Tan Valley (STV) as an example of a community that hired a professional planning agency to create their overlay. The community was zoned into business, residential, services and recreational areas, and the plan was officially adopted. Although Gold Canyon is much smaller than STV, a similar plan could be used to prevent land uses that did not comply with it.
Transportation issues were also addressed at the meeting. Glenn Walp, Don Dougherty and Genevieve Bricker from the Association for the Development of a Better Environment (ADOBE) spoke about the US-60 Bypass.
Since the project has yet to make it onto the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) 5-year plan, the ADOBE members did not hold out hope that meeting attendees would see it started within the next five or ten years. They said they were not giving up though and will begin to circulate a petition. Another meeting will be held in October.