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Dec. 9, 2016
Dec. 8, 2016, Chandler City Council Meeting Recap

The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, and took action on 56 agenda items, including:
  • Authorized a development agreement with Orbital ATK for reimbursement of hiring and relocation expenses for 500 new employees, and reimbursement of electrical system enhancements, in an amount not to exceed $1,081,000, in connection with the establishment of an engineering operations center in Chandler.
  • Approved design, engineering, public outreach and construction contracts for the Alma School Road and Chandler Boulevard Intersection Improvement Project in the amount of $9,300,271.
  • Adopted the City of Chandler Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Self-evaluation and Transition Plan 2016. The plan will guide the planning and implementation of necessary program and facility modifications over the next several years. It also establishes the City’s ongoing commitment to the development and maintenance of policies, programs and facilities that include all of Chandler’s citizenry.
  • Approved an agreement with KWALL, LLC, for website design and development consulting services, in the amount of $51,450.
  • Approved a construction contract with Path Construction Southwest, LLC, for Gazelle Meadows Park improvements, in an amount not to exceed $293,147.79.
  • Approved rezoning and Preliminary Plat (PPT) approval for Sirona, an 89-lot single-family subdivision on 21.8 acres located on the northwest corner of Pecos and Cooper roads.
  • Approved rezoning and a Preliminary Development Plan (PDP) for AZ 202 Commerce Park, a light industrial and office development on 15 acres on the south side of Willis Road, east of Arizona Avenue.
  • Approved rezoning and PDP for Desert Jewel Apartments Phase III, a 72-unit multi-family development on 3.78 acres located west of the southwest corner of Arizona Ave. and Elliot Road.
  • Approved the Area Plan Amendment, rezoning, PDP and PPT for Paseo Vista Village, a 111-lot residential condominium subdivision on approximately 15 acres located on the northeast corner of McQueen and Ocotillo roads.
  • Approved the Area Plan Amendment, rezoning, PDP and PPT for Altitude, a 31-lot single-family subdivision on approximately 10 acres located south of the southwest corner of Cooper and Queen Creek roads. 
  • Rejected a plan for a 16-lot single-family residential subdivision on 6.7 acres located east of the southeast corner of Alma School and Germann roads.
  • Approved Liquor Use Permits and recommended Liquor Licenses for: Vinum 55 Chandler, 2577 W. Queen Creek Road; Blue 32 Sports Grill, 4845 S. Arizona Ave.
  • Approved Special Event Liquor Licenses for the following events:
    • Roots and Boots at the Center for the Arts on Jan. 27.
    • Drumline Live at the Center for the Arts on Jan. 28.
    • Chandler International Film Festival at Soho 63, located at 63 E. Boston Street, on Jan. 13.
At the end of the regular meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny encouraged residents to participate in the Holiday Toy Ride from 2 to 8 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 10, at Chandler Fashion Center. The event is part of the Chandler Fire, Health & Medical Department’s annual Holiday Toy Drive. Anyone who donates a new, unwrapped toy during the Holiday Toy Ride will receive a ride in a Chandler fire engine. Councilmember Kevin Hartke noted that the toys will be distributed through the Chandler CARE Center to local children.

The Mayor and members of the City Council thanked Transportation and Development Director R.J. Zeder. A City employee since 2007, Zeder will be leaving to take on new responsibilities for the neighboring City of Mesa. The Mayor noted that Zeder has overseen some very significant projects in his time with Chandler, and has done so with extreme professionalism.

Vice Mayor Jack Sellers thanked the individuals, families and organizations that have worked this week to welcome and host 25 Little League baseball players and their coaches from Tainan City, Taiwan. The Taiwan team will be playing a series of exhibition games against local teams at Snedigar Sportsplex on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10:30 to 4 p.m., and the public is welcome.

Councilmember René Lopez announced that the Chandler Symphony Orchestra will be joining with Southwest Youth Ballet to present three concerts – Dec. 16, 17 and 18 – at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts. Details and tickets are online at

Councilmember Terry Roe encouraged everyone to avoid texting and driving during the holidays. He also asked residents to support our local food banks this season.
Mayor Tibshraeny concluded the meeting by wishing everyone a very safe and happy holiday season, as well as a prosperous New Year.

The meeting adjourned at 8:12 p.m.

During a Study Session on Monday, Dec. 5, the Mayor and Council recognized several City employees for their years of service: Amy Hedges, Police, 20 years; Daniel Mejia, Police, 15 years; and Ashley Redger, Police, 10 years.

Also recognized were Coach Shawn Aguano and members of the Chandler High School State Champion Football Team.

The Tainan City, Taiwan, Little League delegation, along with members of Chandler National Little League were welcomed.
Representatives of For Our City Chandler were congratulated for receiving the inaugural Civic Engagement Award from the International Hispanic Network during its annual conference, held this past month in Austin, Texas.

Members of the Information Technology and Communications and Public Affairs departments were recognized for their work to help the City earn the 2016 Digital Cities Award.

Finally, members of the City’s Planning staff were recognized for receiving the Arizona Planning Association’s Public Outreach Award for the 2016 General Plan update.

Study Session Photos

The next meeting of the City Council will be a regular meeting and the swearing in of new members at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Council meetings are aired live, as well as replayed on The Chandler Channel, Cable Channel 11, and streamed