The Marana Town Council approved 7.3-acre land exchange with Sky Ranch Homeowners Association in exchange for an 18-acre parcel during the Jan. 7 regular meeting.
The 7.3-acre parcel, known as Parcel “A”, was originally going to be used for a desert educational center for children. The only access to the area is a private street, Big Sky Ranch Drive, which is owned by Sky Ranch. The Town of Marana wants the exchange because a park is not possible on such a small parcel with limited access.
The 18 acres is part of a 35-acre triangle that Sky Ranch owns. The three roads enclosing the area are Tangerine Road, Camino de Manana and Camino de Oeste. The appraisals value the land between $3,500 to $4,000 for the town as well as an additional $8,000 for an American Land Title Association survey of the 18 acres.
The council approved for the town to continue the preliminary studies and work to begin the exchange with Sky Ranch.
The council also hosted a public hearing regarding the draft report of the impact fees for roads and parks in Marana. Keith Brann, town engineer, gave the presentation about the town’s impact fees, which must be set by Aug. 1. Following state requirements, the town must host public hearings and have public discussions about proposed fees before they can be officially adopted.
The three areas Brann focused on were growth assumptions and infrastructure improvement on roads and parks. According to state law, the town is required to put together a 10-year cycle of impact fees. The estimated 10-year growth plan anticipates 7,177 new homes, 19,388 people, 401 acres of industrial and commercial land, and 6,186 new jobs.
The impact fees for street improvements will be determined by new road projects and the traffic increase. Park and recreation improvements will be based on current facility replacement costs and inventory.
“We look at what kind of services are provided today and how that will affect the town in the future,” said Brann. “There is currently no fee proposed for non-residential developments under the impact fees for parks and recreation. The town staff will come back in February to discuss adoption.”
In other business, the council unanimously voted to move forward with plans to increase wastewater rates, fees and service charges for customers. The council will be considering increased fees for the next three years between 2014 and 2017. The first public hearing to discuss the measure is slated for Feb. 18, at 7 p.m.