Cactus Corridor Area Plan
What Is It?
The Cactus Corridor Area Plan made General Plan (density and character) recommendations for a diverse neighborhood, containing equestrian and lifestyle uses, along with suburban subdivisions.
City Council adopted - May 1992
Where does it apply?
The Cactus Corridor Area is generally bound by Pima Road to the west, Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard to the east, Thunderbird Road to the north and Shea Boulevard to the south. The heart of the area consisted of low density residential lots ranging from 35,000 square feet to 2 1/2 acre lots. There were minimal street improvements and large front yard setbacks.
Cactus Corridor Area Map (PDF)
Why was it developed?
Three main issues were driving the evaluation of the area. They were:
- Owners of larger properties had expressed concern about the declining equestrian experience and the viable use of their properties for horse related activities. The land dynamics of the area suggested a transition to more suburban densities would be more viable.
- The development community had expressed interest in building a semi-custom type of home on medium sized lots.
- Homeowners within the low density areas were concerned about a suburban character being created and the potential loss of the equestrian lifestyle in the area.
- Areas west of 96th Street changed to the Suburban Character district character Plan of the Environmental Design Element), allowing equestrian properties to redevelop with a semi-custom product, and matching densities on the north and south of Cactus Road.
- The Rural Character district for areas east of 96th Street was maintained. Development was expected to reflect a low density, and where feasible an equestrian flair, and remain compatible with the existing neighborhood.
- To reinforce the rural, low-density theme for the areas east of 96th Street, the name "Cactus Acres" was recommended. A potential streetscape treatment was suggested to be designed for Cactus Road, 96th Street, and 104th Street.
- Land Use changes were to reflect 1-2 dwelling units/acre and 2-4 dwelling units/acre in specified areas west of 96th Street and no changes were recommended east of 96th Street.
- A neighborhood trail loop was recommended to provide an inner connection between the neighborhood and other planned or existing trails.
- The City Council approved a classification of roadway called "Neighborhood Collector" for Cactus Road.
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