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Deep Well Ranches Annexations (ANX 15-001 and ANX 15-002)

A City-initiated annexation of two large areas of approximately 1304 acres and 321 acres, respectively, located west of the Prescott Municipal Airport and north of Pioneer Parkway is now underway. The property is bounded on the east by State Route 89 and on the south by Pioneer Parkway. The subject properties are currently vacant range lands with Yavapai County residential R1L70 and commercial C1 zoning designations. This area was incorporated into the Prescott General Plan in 2011 in anticipation of eventual annexation into the City.

In association with these annexation requests is an amendment to the 2009 master plan and rezoning of various portions of the property to conform to the General Plan map. The master plan is a requirement of Proposition 400 and is used as a basis for the annexation cost-benefit analysis. Shown on the master plan are commercial, mixed use, multi-family and single-family residential land uses. The master plan was first approved in 2009 as part of the Deep Well Ranches Procedural Pre-annexation Development Agreement (Resolution No. 3996-1026; amended by Resolution No. 4172-1334). In 2011, the City initiated a General Plan Map Amendment to reflect the land use designations in the approved land use master plan.

The rezoning of the property includes a change in zone designations from the current large lot residential zoning to Light Industrial, Mixed Use, Business Regional, Multi-family High and Single family 18 designations. The rezoning is consistent with the 2003 and the 2015 Prescott General Plans, the Airport Specific Area Plan and Deep Well Ranches Master Plan land use designations for the area.

Upcoming meetings to discuss this project:

  • August 27, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.
    Planning and Zoning Commission Study Session.
  • September 10, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.
    Planning and Zoning Commission Public Hearing. The Commission will consider making a recommendation on the annexation, master plan amendment and proposed rezoning.
  • October 6, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.
    City Council Public Hearing for ANX15-001, including a presentation of the required Prop 400 Annexation Cost-Benefit Analysis.
  • November 10, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.
    City Council Public Hearing and will consider approving the annexation, master plan amendment and rezoning.

All meetings will be held in the City of Prescott Council Chambers, 201 South Cortez, Prescott, Arizona. For more information, please see the following documents:

Please contact Tom Guice, Community Development Director or George Worley, Planning Manager, at (928) 777-1207 should you have any questions.

Background- The Arizona Medical Marijuana Initiative (Proposition 203) passed in November 2010. The Final Rules were released on March 28, 2011.

The ADHS rules implement the new amendment to Title 36, Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) by adding Chapter 28.1 Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. ARS 36-2806.01. The Act also allows Cities, towns and counties to enact reasonable zoning regulations that limit the use of land for registered nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries, cultivation facilities, and infusion facilities.

City of Prescott Approach- The City is utilizing the "Similar Use Interpretation" (Section 11.1.1) of the Land Development Code (LDC). This allows uses not specifically identified, but which may be reasonably interpreted as being functionally equivalent to one or more of the listed land uses in Table 2.3. LDC land uses are classified "based on common functional, products or physical characteristics" (Sec 11.1.1A). Dispensaries can then be equated to drug stores (pharmacies), a cultivation facility to agricultural production (Section 11.1.7), and an infusion facility to chemical manufacturing (Sec. 11.1.6E).

A Pre-Application Conference (PAC) is required for all medical marijuana facilities to determine appropriate zoning and compliance with City of Prescott development regulations. The PAC application may be found in the Community Development Documents.

For More Information: Please contact George Worley Planning Manager or Tom Guice, Community Development Director, at 928.777.1207 should you have any questions.

Community Development Applications

Community Development Documents


Q. Can I add (1) garage, either attached or detached?
A. Garage, whether detached or attached may be added to your property. It will have to meet standard district setbacks and if detached may be as close as 4 foot from the rear property line or 6 foot from the rear property line if access from an alley is being proposed.
Q. Can I add a storage shed?
A. Storage sheds can be built upon private property that meet setbacks and receive either site plan approval (less than 180 SF) or a building permit (More than 180 SF).
Q. What is the process for guest quarters?
A. In the single-family zoning district, guest quarters are permitted with a conditional use permit (CUP). The CUP is a formal application process to the Board of Adjustment. The guesthouses are permitted to have a fully functional kitchen, stove or range but can not be rented or sold.
Q. Can I split my property and sell-off a portion? What do I need to do?
A. If your proposed split provides enough area to meet the minimum square footage for your zoning district, splitting can be accomplished by a formal application to Planning and Zoning for either a land split, revision to a plat or a replat. In all three cases, an Arizona Registered Land Surveyor will be required.
Q. Can I have a business in my home?
A. Home based business is permitted when they meet the criteria set forth in the Land Development Code. This typically restricts the home based business from generating traffic, customers or employees that do not live on the premises.
Q. Can I have a horse on my property?
A. Animals including horses are governed by chapter 3 (animals and fowl) of the City Code. The number of horses is dependent on land area and setbacks, not zoning.
Q. How many unrelated people can live in one residence?
A. A single family for purposes of occupying a single-family home will allow up to 8 unrelated people.
Q. What kind of signage can I have on my business? What about banners?
A. The sign code provides for signage within the City limits. Banners are permitted on a temporary basis with a temporary sign permit.
Q. Can I have a hot dog or food vending cart around town?
A. Individual stand-alone hot dog carts are not permitted within the City limits.
Q. When do I need Development Review?
A. Development Review (DRC) is required whenever there is new commercial construction, change of use or significant expansion to an existing commercial development. A commercial development includes residential developments, which number 3 units or more or any combinations that makes 3 or more units. A pre-application meeting will not always be required. Contact Planning staff if there are questions.