Plans for a 2,639-square-foot addition to an existing 3,370-square-foot Power Road Animal Hospital veterinary clinic will be discussed by the Mesa City Council at a meeting Monday.
The meeting’s agenda is available at a website. The Jan. 26 meeting begins at 5:45 p.m. in the council chambers, 57 E. First St.
The Mesa Planning and Zoning Board on Dec. 17 voted 4-1 to recommend approval of the plan for the business at 2333 S. Power Road. The dissenting vote was by board member Shelly Allen.
“I’m excited, so that I can move forward with our expansion there,” owner Richard Caldwell said Dec. 17 after the planning board meeting. “I think it accommodates our employees for our parking and our clients and their patients,” he said.
The business provides medical care, preventative maintenance and all types of veterinary care for small animals, he said.
“I have about 25 employees there right now. We have about 12 to 16 there at a time and we just need some more room to provide more care,” Mr. Caldwell said. “I am doing this with the anticipation that I grow. The area is still growing – there’s a lot of growth in Mesa, in that area and Morrison Ranch just to the south of us.”
The addition, as well as the minor interior remodel of the existing building, will have new exam rooms, doctors’ offices, treatment rooms, a dental suite and other ancillary uses, according to a city of Mesa staff report.
Mr. Caldwell is seeking a change to a Bonus Intensity Zone in part for reduced landscape setbacks. It will also allow a landscape island to be placed at one per 10 parking spaces instead of the required one per eight contiguous parking spaces, according to a city of Mesa staff report.
A BIZ overlay allows for greater intensity of development and encourages unique, innovative development of superior quality, according to the staff report.
During discussion Dec. 17 prior to the vote by the Mesa Planning and Zoning Board, Ms. Allen said the landscaping should be per city code.
“I think the landscaping needs to be at least to city code. I know that you get variations in other areas, but I think that that landscaping needs to be put in,” Ms. Allen said.
“We just ask for a little bit of leeway here where we accommodate this good business,” Mr. Caldwell’s attorney, Reese Anderson, of Pew and Lake PLC, said to the board.
After the meeting, Mr. Anderson said the 4-1 vote didn’t mean one board member was against the project.
“I don’t think board member Allen’s ‘no’ vote is against the project. It is just in the application of the tool -– to get there,” Mr. Anderson said of the BIZ overlay. “We feel support from Mesa. We know Mesa supports us in this,” he said.
In other business Jan. 26, the council is slated to discuss and vote on the following ordinances for property in east Mesa:
- rezoning 33 acres on north and south sides of the 8200 to 8400 blocks of East Ray Road to allow expansion of the Gateway Park Planned Area Development. Morgan Neville of Park Corp. is the applicant and Mesa Airport Growth Properties LLC is the owner.
- rezoning the 14.22-acre Parcel 13 at Mountain Bridge, the south side of the 8800 to 8900 blocks of East McKellips Road and 3.31-acre Parcel 16 at Mountain Bridge on the south of the 8900 to 9100 blocks of McKellips Road to allow the development of a residential subdivision for Parcel 13 and establish commercial zoning for Parcel 16. Paul Dugas of Pinnacle Ridge Holdings LLC is the applicant and Paul Dugas of Phoenix Land Division LLC is the owner.
- rezoning and a site plan review for 11.1 acres at 10309 E. Hampton Ave. to allow for the development of a medical center. Casey Carlton of Ascension Group is the applicant and V. Marshall of VJ Crismon LLC is the owner.
- rezoning 8.3 acres at 6751 S. Mountain Road to allow for the development of an industrial building. Randolph L. Carter of Sketch Architecture Co. is the applicant and Reece Bawden of Signal Butte 20 LLC is the owner.
- rezoning and a site-plan review for 5.44 acres at 8650 E. Brown Road to allow for the development of a single-residential subdivision. Sean B. Lake of Pew and Lake PLC is the applicant and Mark Funk of Bellago Development LLC is the owner.
- rezoning 79.2 acres on the north and south sides of the 8000 through 8200 blocks of East Ray Road to facilitate the development of a future employment park. John J. Gilmore is the applicant and Peter Martens of Marwest is the owner.