The process for rezoning the empty, west Ahwatukee lot for a new Rosewood Home development has made it one step further.

In a unanimous decision Monday, the Ahwatukee Foothills Village Planning Committee supported the proposal to rezone the 10-acre lot near Desert Foothills Parkway and East Marketplace from its current commercial zone to residential.

Among the planning committee’s chairmen and members, some residents voiced their support and concerns for the new development.

Greta Rodgers, a longtime Ahwatukee resident, said the proposal was an “excellent use of land.”

Though admitting she hardly sides with zoning attorneys, she commended the developer and the case’s attorney, Michael J. Curley.

“I think this will be a great incentive that will result in additional business for the corner of Chandler and Desert Foothills,” Rodgers said.

“And I give you a high five,” she added.

But another resident had concerns regarding traffic and parking for the development.

Mario Hidalgo’s home overlooks 12th Street just across from the lot.

The proposed entrance to the new home site would line up right with 12th Street going from west to east; an intersection that Hidalgo feels is dangerous enough.

“My car has almost been hit several times,” Hidalgo said.

His concern is that residents trying to turn into the new development from Marketplace will clash with those trying to turn into the existing neighborhood at the same time.

With that, Hidalgo feels the increased traffic flow will be an additional problem.

Earlier in the presentation, however, Curley said the traffic projected for the new residential lot is just 10 percent of what commercial zoning would have been.

“That’s 600 trips a day on average compared to the 6,000 the area would have seen if a commercial development were built,” Curley said.

Following the planning committee’s decision Curley and Rosewood’s founder, David M. Kitnick will go before the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission on Aug. 14.

From there, if successful, the proposal will go through the final step by presenting to the Phoenix City Council in September.

• Diana Martinez is freelancing this summer for the Ahwatukee Foothills News. Reach her at thedianamartinez@gmail.com.

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