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First reading of Windmill Village rezoning request approved


Tara Alatorre

CAVE CREEK – A new 30-unit multi-family residential housing community is being proposed near the Stagecoach Village shopping center on Cave Creek and Galloway roads, which could change nearly four acres of land from desert rural to multi-residential to make way for the potential development, according to a rezoning request filed by Landmark West Builders in April 2016.

The first reading of the rezoning request filed for the proposed Windmill Village development was brought to the Cave Creek Town Council at the Nov. 7 meeting and was unanimously approved in a 6-0 vote, with Councilman Ford being absent. Although a zone change approval would not constitute an approval of the Windmill Village site plan, the town council expressed a need for comprehensive traffic and drainage plans before they would move forward on approving the development’s site plans.

“It is about opportunity for some of their [Stagecoach Village] employees to have a place to live rather than commute from Phoenix,” said Vice Mayor LaMar at the Nov. 7 meeting when explaining his support for the first reading. “There are challenges there, but there are challenges that can be resolved.”

The Windmill Village’s rezoning request allows for attached residential housing for rent with on-site parking with eight residences per building providing more of a single family feel, according to documents filed by the architect, Greg Zimmerman.

The development wants to offer a 740-square foot 1-bedroom for $750, and a 965-square foot two-bedroom for $1,350, according to records filed.

“Cave Creek is in need of quality residential properties for the town’s work force that either may not live nearby or do not own a residence and prefer to lease,” Zimmerman stated in rezoning documents filed in April. “Windmill Village promises to raise the standard of the leased residential community in Cave Creek with non-apartment style design.”