Hidden Canyon application not as scary as it sounds

Neighborhood meeting on Oct. 20
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CAVE CREEK – Area residents recently received notice of a neighborhood meeting for a general plan amendment and rezoning request for two parcels that make up the 78.94-acre Hidden Canyon project.

Hidden Canyon is bounded by Surrey Drive on the south, the Skyline Drive alignment on the north and Ootam Drive on the east.

The request seeks to rezone the southerly 41 acres from R-18 to approximately 22 acres of Open Space Recreational and 19 acres to Multi-Family Residential (MR) and a portion of the northerly 38 acres of R-35 to approximately 10 acres of MR.

While MR zoning exudes the idea there will be apartments stacked in at the bottom of the mountain, which is the requested open space, according to Planning Director Ian Cordwell, the project is actually single family homes.

public naoticeHe said MR is the only zoning category that allows for smaller lots than R-18.

According to the site plan, in Phase II of Parcel 1 (211-13-006A) there will be 12 lots on 10.48 acres in the rezoned portion, while Phase II of Parcel 2 (211-13-006B) reflects 27 lots on 18 acres in the rezoned area.

The applicant, United Engineering Group, representing RMG Hidden Canyon, LLC, the owners, will be hosting an open house type neighborhood meeting from 5 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 20 at Cave Creek Town Hall, 37622 N. Cave Creek Rd. to hear input, answer questions and address any concerns citizens may have about the project.

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