Queen Creek council approves plans for new condominium development

Queen Creek City Council recently approved the rezoning of nearly 16 acres of land, along with a site plan for a new residential development, Mayberry on Rittenhouse.

The development will consist of 186 residential condominium units. The project site is east of the southeast corner of Sossaman and Rittenhouse Roads. The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission recommended the project for approval at its May 11 meeting.

Property Design Develop LLC is developing the project and EPS Group Inc. is the landscape architect and planner.

Mayberry on Rittenhouse will offer single-story duplexes with two one-bedroom units; single-storey two-bedroom houses; two-story townhouses with two two-bedroom units; and two-story shed buildings with six single-bay garages on the first floor and two one-bedroom units on the second floor. Unit types range in size from 752 square feet to 1,376 square feet of living space. A total of 82 one-bedroom units and 104 two-bedroom units are offered.

According to a staff report, the developer will construct a 30ft landscaped buffer along Rittenhouse Road and a 25ft landscaped buffer at the south, east and west boundaries of the project site property. A 25 foot landscaped buffer is provided at the southern and eastern boundaries of the property as part of the adjacent Rittenhouse Ranch subdivision.

Mayberry at Rittenhouse will have a clubhouse that will include a fitness center with yoga rooms and a residents’ lounge. Adjacent to the clubhouse will be a swimming pool and spa area with shaded ramada seating.

“An event lawn, fire pit lounge, and sports courts for pickleball and cornhole are also offered in the central amenity area,” according to the staff report. “Secondary amenity areas are offered throughout the development and include a dog park, outdoor exercise play equipment and a shaded perimeter path with low lighting and seating.”

The developer held two neighborhood meetings on September 13, 2021 and March 3, with approximately 23 residents in total.

According to the staff report, the main concerns of residents were the increased density and traffic in the area.

“To address some of the traffic congestion issues, it should be noted that the applicant worked with the city traffic engineer to provide sufficient traffic calming measures at the entrance to the project, according to needs,” the report said.

Measures include a right-turn deceleration lane with a 100-foot storage length and 100-foot grade; a left-turn deceleration lane with 155 feet of storage space and a 45-foot grade; and a right-hand-only detour off the development onto Rittenhouse Road, the staff report said.

Sean Lake of the law firm Pew & Lake represented the plaintiffs at residents’ meetings and before the Planning and Zoning Commission.

In an interview, he estimated that it would take about two years for Mayberry’s construction on Rittenhouse to be completed. He added that the developer will begin the authorization process immediately.

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