A public hearing on rezoning of acreage for a landfill on land currently west of Marana has been scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 24.

At 6:30 p.m. that Wednesday, the Marana Planning Commission considers a request by The Planning Center, representing DKL Holdings, Inc., to amend the specific plan and rezone approximately 590 acres of land from "rural development" to an industrial use, according to a public notice published Feb. 9.

The parcel is .9 of 1 mile north of Avra Valley Road, one mile east of Trico Road, and ½-mile south of Silverbell Road. It is currently outside the town limits. The parcel, owned by Herb Kai and in escrow with DKL, is proposed for concurrent annexation with the rezoning into Marana's limits.

DKL is asking Marana to establish the Marana Regional Landfill Specific Plan, an industrial master-planned area that would allow for "a regional landfill and material recovery operations as well as other industrial uses," according to the published notice.

The public may comment on the rezoning application at the hearing. Brian Varney is identified as the town of Marana planning department contact. He may be reached at 382-2600.

Written and verbal comments are accepted. Written comments may be sent in care of Brian Varney, Building A2, 11555 W. Civic Center Drive, Marana, 85653. There is also a link for comments on the town's Web site, www.marana.com. People may click on the Planning Department link, then go to "general planning inquiries, planning commission and board of adjustment e-mails."

"That link will enable them to send e-mail correspondence directly to the planning department," which then forwards comments to the planning commission, Varney said.

Notice of the re-zoning hearing has been published in The Territorial, and posted at the Heritage Highlands Clubhouse, with the Continental Ranch Homeowners Association, at the town's Municipal Operations Center and at the Marana Municipal Complex

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