January 4, 2005
Chandler is beginning to promote its updated in-fill program in hope of encouraging developers to build homes on empty or deteriorating properties in the older part of the city.
Vice Mayor Phill Westbrooks called for changes to the city’s Residential In-Fill Program at the City Council retreat in September to make it more friendly to developers.
He said the program, which worked well initially, needed updating to give more incentives to developers to build on the remaining undeveloped parcels.
"(The program has) been working fairly well, but I think we’re at a point where we need to enhance it to make it more attractive to developers," Westbrooks said. "One way to do that is offer financial incentives and the other way is to make it convenient for developers to build on infill parcels."
In December 2001, the council approved the residential in-fill program to give developers a financial incentive for constructing singlefamily, owner-occupied homes on parcels north of Pecos Road to half a mile or more east of the Price Freeway stretch of Loop 101, reaching all the way to the north and east city limits.
"For whatever reason, builders in northeast Chandler passed over those parcels and we wanted to induce something to happen on them," said Hank Pluster, Chandler’s long-range planning manager.
"Developed land is always better than vacant land because it produces taxes, services or goods and sometimes vacant property becomes a collection area for garbage and trash, so it can really become a problem for neighbors," he said.
Pluster said staff recommended that the council increase the financial incentives from $2,500 to $5,000 per single-family home built and included a financial award of $5,000 for each substandard home demolished that would be replaced by a new home.
The council voted unanimously in last month to approve the increase.