Chandler Edition - September 2021

COMMERCIAL DEMAND FORECAST

PLANNING FOR GROWTH

The Airpark Area is the city’s fourth-largest employment corridor as of 2019 and accounts for 18% of the city’s remaining undeveloped land. According to a draft of the master plan update, the number of jobs in the area is expected to more than double by 2055.

The draft of the Airpark Area master plan update shows a forecast of where experts think the area will be in the next 30 years.

Other 0.4% | 50

Chandler population and job growth, 2018-55

Airpark population and job growth, 2018-55

Transportation 11.9% | 1,500 Manufacturing 19.7% | 2,474

Percent of area employment |

Population

Jobs

POPULATION

JOBS

30K 25K 20K 15K 10K

350K 300K 250K 150K 200K 50K 100K

Number of employees

Health care 6% | 760

Business services 58% | 7,300

Retail/hospitality 4% | 500

5K

0

0

2040 2050 2020 2030 2055 2018

2040 2050 2020 2030 2055 2018

SOURCE: CITY OF CHANDLERCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

was happening.” Mayo said the area is seeing a lot of oce and exible industrial space requests and a surge in construc- tion of those projects in spite of the pandemic. Five oce projects have been approved and are in various stages of development, including the Watermark at Chandler Airpark development. “There is quite a bit of vacant land already zoned and planned; we are just waiting for the market to get there and are even starting to see some of that built,” Mayo said. “Out of 9

square miles, 700 [vacant acres] is not really a whole lot of property.” The area plan update builds in a zoning mechanism to protect certain available lands from residential uses, according to the plan. As of August, 14 developments had been approved, and some were under construction— all of which were commercial, indus- trial or oce uses, according to the plan. “I love the rewall against residen- tial,” Mayor Kevin Hartke said during the Aug. 9 meeting. “That will be a big asset for our sta and for us. I can’t

think of a piece of ground in Chandler yet that we haven’t been told that the only thing that can go there is residen- tial or apartments. I think the rewall is excellent there. … This makes it clear, and I think it holds our wishes and previous councils’ wishes and says we are after employment, and this is one of our best, last employ- ment areas to be developed.” Miranda said using the updated master plan as a guiding document, his team and ultimately City Council will be responsible for making sure the uses of that land go toward the

industries that will best serve the area. “We have to be willing to say no to those projects that don’t align with the long-term economic development plan for that area,” Miranda said. “We are retaining what has been desig- nated for employment and making sure it remains employment instead of ipping to residential. Then we have to make sure it’s the right type of employment.”

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