Queen Creek Town Council Approves State Land Annexation
At the Aug. 7 meeting, the Queen Creek Town Council approved the annexation of nearly 4,150 acres of State Trust Land, located from Germann Road north to the future alignment of SR24 and the CAP canal west to Meridian Road.
The annexation meets all five of the Town’s goals identified in the Corporate Strategic Plan providing a secure future, superior infrastructure, safe community, quality lifestyle and effective government.
“This area provides important economic opportunities for the Town,” stated Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney. “While the land will remain the private property of the State Land Department until they choose to develop, it provides connectivity to the future State Route 24. It also provides opportunities for diversification of revenues that will help support Town programs and services, job opportunities and additional dining, retail and housing options.”
The Town’s General Plan identifies the area as a Special District. The Specific Plan, which was also approved at the Aug. 7 meeting, outlines 19 planning units. Each of the units will go through a more detailed planning phase to include development plans, circulation, drainage, water, wastewater, open space and recreation, and public facilities. Planning units generally located within one-half mile of the SR 24 are designated urban while the planning units generally located at least one-half mile from the SR 24 are designated neighborhood. Further The Specific Plan is available on the Town’s website.
The annexation met the State’s statutory requirements, in addition to additional steps due to the land being owned by the State. In 2018, the State Land Commissioner presented the proposed annexation to the State Selection Board approved, who approved moving forward.
At the April 17, 2019 meeting, the Town Council approved a Pre-annexation Development Agreement (PADA) with the State Land Department. As part of the PADA, the Town will provide access to water and wastewater services. The PADA is available on the Town’s website.
For more information about the annexation process, visit QueenCreek.org/Annexation.
Constance Halonen-Wilson, Public Information Officer