P&Z meeting on skate park cut short

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By Carol A. Clark

The room was packed and the mood tense Wednesday evening as residents listened to Planning and Zoning commissioners grapple with an unusual notification problem.

Commissioners were scheduled to hear a request for approval of a site plan for the urban plaza-style skate park to be located at 2400 Central Avenue on land between Mesa Public Library and Central Avenue.

Chair David Izraelevitz explained that property owners residing within 300 feet of a site plan hearing must be individually notified in writing by mail or in person.

However, because of an unusual county exception, residents of Oppenheimer Place and a neighborhood in White Rock did not individually receive notice of the hearing, Izraelevitz said. The notice was actually mailed to the home owners association, which posted it on a bulletin board.

“But that’s not sufficient,” he said.

Assistant County Attorney David Rennick advised commissioners to postpone the hearing and ensure every resident adjacent to the site in question is notified.

The crowd cleared council chambers quickly following the commission’s 7-to-0 vote to table the hearing until May 14. “The commission felt we should give everyone an opportunity to speak on the issue and now we’re giving everyone that opportunity,” Izraelevitz said.

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