Ahwatukee’s future character and part of its share of billions of dollars in transportation tax revenue will be discussed at the Ahwatukee Foothills Village Planning Committee’s first meeting since August.
The meeting, 6 p.m. Monday Nov. 28 at the Pecos Park Community Center, 17010 S. 48th St., Ahwatukee, will also air a presentation by Phoenix streets officials on how they are working with the state on plans for the South Mountain Freeway.
The discussion may include the future of Ahwatukee’s golf course communities, including Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Club and Club West, since the “character plan” is part of the city’s General Plan, which is an important road map for future development.
“This document helps determine Ahwatukee’s future and people who are concerned about should attend,” committee Chairman Chad Blostone said.
The character plan states that Ahwatukee “supports development that respects and maintains the quiet atmosphere of its neighborhoods and the spacious, open and exurban feel of this unique community.”
But that “quiet atmosphere” and “exurban feel” faces significant challenges, particularly from the construction of the South Mountain Freeway and the potential loss of open space, particularly the golf courses.
The discussion also is likely to focus on the absence of a plan to extend light rail to Ahwatukee as an impediment to its connectivity with Phoenix’s central core.
Meanwhile, the committee also will be hearing a presentation from the city Streets Transportation Department on what Ahwatukee residents can initially expect from Phoenix’s Transportation 2050 Plan.
The plan outlines the general areas for spending billions over the next 30 years as a result of the sales tax increase approved last year by voters.
The plan covers general areas such as light rail, street and sidewalk repairs and improvements, traffic control equipment upgrades, new bus service and bike paths.
Streets officials are expected to discuss pavement maintenance approved for Ahwatukee for the next two years, locations of street sign upgrades and other technology improvements and why the Chandler Boulevard Extension was not approved for four lanes instead of two.
City officials also are expected to discuss how they coordinate with the Arizona Department of Transportation on work related to the South Mountain Freeway project.
The planning committee last met Aug. 22 and saw some contentious moments as citizens peppered streets officials with questions about the Chandler Boulevard work and demonstrators from the Gila River Indian Community interrupted the proceedings to protest the freeway.