The Rural Lifestyle and Building Chandler

We have come a long way from Dr. A.J. Chandler’s vision of a “Pasadena in the Desert,” a getaway for the rich and famous and a boom in agriculture thanks to new technology a hundred years ago.

Some land in southeast Chandler has been “designated for ‘rural/agrarian character’” which means at most 2½ single-story homes can be built per acre.

One project by Terra West Communities proposes 84 homes on about 35 acres on land that is partially county island. The city council approved the development.

Another project proposed by Garrett Walker Homes targets 7 acres, but some nearby residents are opposing the development, stating that it would upset the rural character of the community. The council granted an extension on the project so the developer can meet with homeowners in the area to discuss concerns.

The Garrett Walker would build 26 homes on 7 acres, which is a lot more dense than the homes each with 1-acre lots nextdoor, but matches the rest of the residential development that nearly surrounds the area.

Terra West Communities
35 acres, 84 homes south of Chandler Heights between Cooper Rd and Riggs Ln.

Garrett Walker
7 acres, 26 homes on Germann east of Alma School.

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