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Posted: Friday, November 28, 2008 8:28 pm | Updated: 11:00 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The Gilbert Town Council has scheduled hearings on two controversial zoning issues for its 7 p.m. Tuesday meeting:

The Pecos-Mercy general plan amendment, involving 98 acres near Pecos and Greenfield roads, just east of Mercy Gilbert Medical Center. The property owners are seeking a change to office and commercial classifications that would allow research centers and medical offices to be built. Some nearby residents have objected to building heights and overall densities proposed for the site, though the developers have made some concessions that appeased some of their concerns.

Others are objecting to the idea of an 8-acre shopping center on the corner of Pecos and Greenfield roads, arguing the town already has too much commercial space and that it isn't compatible with other planned buildings at the intersection, which include a Mormon temple.

A minor general plan amendment for the Bridges planned development at Higley and Ocotillo roads. The developer is seeking permission to increase the density for two areas set aside for apartments or condominiums. One reason the developer wants to proceed is that there are no immediate neighbors around to object to the idea, but Town Council members and other residents concerned about the number of apartments already built and approved in Gilbert have raised objection. The Planning Commission has recommended approval of the change on one of the parcels involved and denial on the second.

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