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Smith's controversy interest in By Laura Placheckl Staff writer I PHOENDC Discussion on Whether to revisit part of the 44th Street Specific Plan drew a rare audience to the Camelback East Village Planning Committee meeting last week. f Few people regularly attend the meetings, but Jan. 7 nearly a dozen homeowners and , business people listened and shared their concerns during a debate over whether to take another look at the 44th Street Specific Plan and how the document applies to the northeast corner of 44th Street and Indian School Road. Committee members voted against forming a subcommittee to . decide what should happen to the Corner. But they left open the -possibility of reviewing the 44th Street Specific Plan to clear up conflicts that surfaced last year. ' In December, the City Council adopted ; the 44th Street Specific Plan, a document guiding growth and development along a 6y2-mile stretch of 44th Street. The plan recommends the corner, including surrounding homes, be rezoned for commercial use. ; Smith's Food and Drug Centers then proposed building a "super store" on the corner, drawing criticism from some neighborhood residents complaining the project Iwas too large and would destroy Stable homes. The battle between the developers and residents raged during most of 1991 until Smith's withdrew, its proposal in September. I Though no application has been Jefiled, Smith's attorney Paul Gilbert has said it is likely Smith's will return with another proposal ?or the corner. Smith's must wait until September or seek special permission Irom the Planning-Commission to jeapply for earlier consideration. The ArcadiaCamelback Mountain Homeowners Association, which spearheaded the opposition So the Smith's proposal, prompted She village planning committee's 'discussion last week 'about the yorner. "Our primary concern is the retention and revitalization of the Strea, shown on the Specific Plan as going to commercial," said Mike Phalen, president of the homeowners association. ' The homeowners association has questioned what the specific plan Street repairs 44th Street plan "I don't know that all the services that corner could provide have been explored. What does the community want that intersection to be? Are there uses that are acceptable to the whole community?" Allan Winter Village planning committee member means for the nearby homes. They have maintained that the area was intended to remain residential until the homes are no longer viable. "As this (Smith's proposal) came up, everybody threw up their hands and said, 'How did this happen?'" Phalen said. Some village planning commit tee members argued that they were not aware of the stipulation that the corner, including the homes, be slated for commercial development. Village planning committee member Allan Winter drafted a proposal for the committee to review. "I don't know that all the services that corner could provide have been explored," he said. "What does the community want that intersection to be? Are there uses that are acceptable to the whole community?" Winter proposed a subcommittee be formed to seek community input and answer those questions. Several committee members, however, are hesitant to take the issue back to the community. "I hadn't been thinking about reopening the community hearings," Chairwoman Laurel Kimball said. Paul Barnes added, "I don't think the committee has the stamina or the time to undertake this kind of effort." . "One of the major frustrations in my life was working on the 44th Street Specific Plan," Charles Schiffner said. "I wouldn't want to revisit all those issues again." Schiffner said the corner was discussed at length, and the specific plan committee agreed all sparks along the corner would go commercial. But Rick Speigel said, "We have gotten different input that this specific corner was never discussed." The village planning committee, he said, should find out if a mistake was made, and if so, correct it. Most of the audience at the meeting spoke against the idea of revisiting the specific plan and taking a second look at the corner. At least three property owners told the committee that the recommendation the corner be rezoned had always been a part of the specific plan. Rod Jarvis, Smith's spokesman, told the committee that revisiting-the specific plan and taking another look at the corner would set a precedent for others who are unhappy with the specific plan to seek changes. Still, there was sentiment on the committee that something must be done to avoid an anticipated sec-Nond round of bitter controversy between developers and neighborhood residents. In other action, the committee: Approved a new site plan for a proposed Camelhead development at Thomas Mall. The new site plan calls for 47,000 more square feet of retail space than the original 417,000 square feet Gosnell sought. The site plan is scheduled for a zoning hearing officer review Jan. 21, Agreed to meet twice a month as necessary. The committee has been meeting once a month for about three hours a night and rarely gets through its entire agenda. Members felt they would prefer two short meetings, giving more time to issues than one long one. 2 workers at grievances By Margery Rose-Clapp Staff writer CAVE CREEK - When Clint McCawley showed up for work at the town maintenance yard at 7 a.m. Thursday, he found two letters taped to the window, one for him and one for his colleague, Rob Nobley. The letters, with the word "confidential" stamped in red, informed the two that they were suspended without pay until this Thursday for having taken sick at total in northeastern Indian the that dry will the 66 of state leaders, and Jan. '92:

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  2. 15 Jan 1992, Wed,
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