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Supervisors to discuss truck stop, wind farm zoning issues

PRESCOTT – The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors in Monday’s meeting will consider whether to approve an extension of the timeframe on the building of a major wind farm project and a plan to allow a large truck stop to be built in an Ash Fork neighborhood.

The Yavapai Wind Project, planned for a location along Williamson Valley Road about 35 miles north of Prescott, would be the state’s largest, with over 80 turbines, each 450 feet tall, and a 30 megawatt solar power facility.

Yavapai Ranch owner Fred Ruskin got the green light for the plan from the county in September 2011, but failed to submit a site plan within the one-year deadline, a situation he attributed to delays with project partner NextEra Energy.

Ruskin would not confirm that NextEra was still involved with the project, and calls to the company from a Daily Courier reporter earlier this month were not returned.

The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended that the Board of Supervisors grant Ruskin a four-year extension of the deadline.

The board will also consider a request from Pilot Travel Centers to change the zoning in a section of Ash Fork so that it can build a truck stop.

The Travel Center would have parking for up to 100 big rigs, a store, restaurant, fueling pumps for both trucks and cars, and a scale for trucks.

The land, on Park Avenue, was once the location of Ted’s Truck Stop, which shut down in late 2000. It is on the east end of town, and abuts land with homes as well as some commercially zoned land.

At the P&Z meeting on Nov. 8, Ash Fork citizens were divided – some spoke passionately in favor of the jobs it would bring to a small town that needs them, while others said putting the truck stop in that spot would be bad for the neighborhood.

The commission voted 4-3 to recommend the Supervisors reject the plan.

The board is also expected to approve a resolution to make a one-mile portion of Big Chino Road in Paulden a county highway and approve a zoning change to allow a Family Dollar store to be built in Paulden.

The Board of Supervisors meets 9 a.m. Monday at the Yavapai County Administrative Services Building, 1015 Fair Street, in Prescott.