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Developer cancels plan change near Williams

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Posted: Tuesday, December 16, 2003 8:51 am | Updated: 2:00 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Developers pulled their request for a general plan change — which would have allowed about 2,000 homes to be built near Williams Gateway Airport — from consideration Monday at a Mesa City Council meeting.

The request was pulled after the city attorney’s office ruled that LKY Development could not amend its plan during Monday’s meeting, said the company’s attorney Ralph Pew.

LKY wanted to reduce the number of homes to win support for the 600-acre development along the north side of Elliot Road between Ellsworth and Signal Butte roads.

Bill Ring, vice president of Scottsdale-based LKY, said the company had been willing to add more jobgenerating uses to the development, but he wasn’t sure how many housing units would have been taken out as a result.

"We said we were willing to compromise on the plan when some of the people on the council said they would like to see more employment-related uses," he said.

Pew said he didn’t agree with the ruling, but that LKY was withdrawing the application to change the general plan’s current designation of the property as a future business park.

Pew also asked the council and local residents for help in pressing the Federal Aviation Administration for a decision on where the biggest, noisiest planes that will be using Williams in the future will fly.

Experts had debated whether air traffic will go over LKY’s land and breed noise complaints from residents.

Ring said LKY plans to apply again next year for a major plan amendment for the property.

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