Apr 032013

By Julie Wiessner
The Navajo County Board of Supervisors approved the final plats for Phase I on Pacific Holt’s land holdings in Perkins Valley and Mesa Hills Estates subdivisions last week.
“This means they can go build the project. The first thing they plan to do is apply for grading permits,” said Navajo County Planning and Zoning Manager Trent Larson.
Pacific Holt will begin work on portions of the two properties, including 16 lots on a total of 23 acres in the Mesa Hills subdivision, which is located south of East Hermosa Drive in Holbrook, and 11 lots on 14 acres in Perkins Valley.
“They have a lot of work ahead of them. Their goal is to have housing available for the potash mine workers and they are really trying to meet that goal. They are planning to submit grading permits to begin the construction process,” said Larson.
There are almost 530 lots between both subdivisions, but the firm will start with the first 30-plus lots.
“They are testing the water to see what can be done and what will sell,” said Larson.
Typically what happens next in this situation, noted Larson, is a developer will come in with an assurance bond for the county to hold, which means the firm is promising to make the developments that are described in the final plat. The bond ensures that it happens.
Pacific Holt will instead go through each step of development, applying for the appropriate permits at each step and having the county inspectors come take a look at each of the steps to make sure they are following the plans they submitted with the quality they planned into their final plat.
This means the county will hold off on recording the final plat approval with the Arizona Department of Real Estate (DRE) until each step of building the subdivisions has been inspected and signed off on by the county.
Pacific Holt cannot place any houses up for sale until the entire building process is completed, inspected and approved by the county inspectors.
“Once the county engineer signs off that everything is built to standards, then the county will record the approval of the final plat with the state DRE,” noted Larson.
Once the roads are completed and inspected, they will go into the county records for maintenance and will become public roads so the county can maintain them.
No one at Pacific Holt could be reached for comment on the project as of press time.