Industrial development proposed for 1,300 acres of farmland in Phoenix metro

Industrial development proposed for 1,300 acres of farmland in Phoenix metro

Article Originally Posted By PhoenixBusinessJournal On April 22, 2022

Industrial development is being proposed for more than 1,300 acres of farmland in the West Valley.

The massive property is located along MC85 between Dean Road and Jack Rabbit Trail on the south side of Interstate 10 in the Buckeye area, a suburb southwest of Phoenix that's slated for massive industrial growth over the next decade.

The landowner is looking to redesignate the mostly unincorporated county land from neighborhood to industrial use in Buckeye's general plan, which guides the city's growth and is required by state law.

Documents submitted to Buckeye list the owner as TGV Investments LLC, Resco Nexgen LLC and Rexco Trust, which are connected to longtime dairy farmer Grand View Dairy and Terry Klinger.

City documents said the changes could provide a large site for a major manufacturer without having to negotiate with multiple landowners to assemble a property. The site also has frontage along the Union Pacific rail line and is adjacent to the planned State Route 30, which would connect State Route 85 to Interstate 17.

Changing the land use to industrial will also support the city's goal to increase jobs and tax revenue to balance the large number of homes in Buckeye, documents submitted to the city said.

"Because large, undeveloped, rail-served properties are increasingly rare in the Phoenix area, the new employment designation for the property will position Buckeye to compete regionally and nationally for a wider range of industrial and light manufacturing employers," documents said.

In addition, documents submitted to the city said the adjacent Buckeye Canal could be a potential water source, while the site is located near several substations.

Buckeye's planning commission is scheduled to hear the case at an April 26 meeting. The commission will vote on the application on May 10, while Buckeye City Council is expected to hold a final vote on May 17.