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W. Valley group to review
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Light-rail proposals will come under another review during a meeting of the Southwest Valley Rail Partner- ship.
Valley Chamber of Commerce, is set for 7:30 a.m. Aug. 4 at the American Sports Center, 755 N. 114th Ave., Avondale.
The gathering, which is sponsored by the Southwest
The rail partnership is a group of cities and other interests formed to study long-term railroad options in the Southwest Valley. During a meeting Feb. 3, the group took a look at a proposed extension of the $1.4 billion, 20-mile light-rail line linking Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa that opened to passengers in late 2008. Avondale Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers said earlier this month that Southwest Valley communities do not want to be left out of the light-rail equation, especially with a growing population, expanding business sector and an expensive highway system. “Now is the time for leaders in the Southwest Valley
to take action to advance rail options that have great economic impact on our region for 20 years and beyond,” Lopez Rogers said.
for two possible lines in west Phoenix and Glendale. One proposed line would extend from downtown Phoenix to the state Capitol and then along the north side of Interstate 10 to a terminal that is planned near I-10 and 79th Avenue, officials said. The project, if approved, is set for completion in 2021, according to Metro, the light-rail operator in the Valley.
Goodyear OKs new design rules
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Goodyear has updated and simplified it’s city design
The guidelines were approved last week during a meeting of the Goodyear City Council. The new guidelines have been years in the making, city planner Brett Burningham said. “The design guidelines we had were approved in 2001 and we know that they were in part created because of the development pressures we had in the late ’90s,” Burningham said during a work session held in early June.
In re-working the guidelines, city staff referred to established regulations in Peoria, Glendale, Gilbert, and Chandler while also looking outside of the state, Burningham said. Those cities were targeted because they have “reputa- tions of innovative” designs, he said.
In addition to writing guidelines for solar panels and three-car garages, single-family residential changes to the guidelines included the following: • Clear direction to housing designers and home
builders. • Ambiguous and subjective statements were removed and clearer guidelines were provided relating to archi- tectural design and garage orientation. • New provisions were added to provide direction on landscaping for model home complexes and the design of clustered mailboxes in production subdivisions. Specific guidelines for all commercial and residential areas are available online under Goodyear’s Community Development Department. To visit the website, go to www.goodyearaz.gov
and then click on the Community Development portion of the website.
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(ABOVE) LIBRARY WORKER Laura Truman demonstrates how to fold paper origami art at the Avondale Civic Center Library Wednesday. The library hosts a variety of games and activities for children throughout the summer. (Left) Tyrell Prince, 9, of Goodyear, works on a piece of ori- gami art. The Japanese art of paper folding began in the 17th century and the goal is to turn a piece of paper into a sculpture.
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