YAVAPAI COUNTY – A remote area about 11 minutes south of Camp Verde on Interstate 17 can reach the wine industry.
A proposed 300-acre development west of I-17 at the junction with State Route 169 would be based on a 50-acre vineyard called Cherry Road Vineyards. The plans are expected to be presented to the Yavapai County Planning and Zoning Commission at its Sept. 8 meeting as part of a zoning map amendment application.
SR 169 is also known as Cherry Road.
The developers intend the location – “a local wine and food attraction that will draw visitors locally and statewide, and align well with the growing Verde Valley Wine industry. Trail”.
The fully imagined development would be a planned area of a winery, single family homes, a “boutique” complex and an RV complex. The project is proposed by Hunn Development Company of Phoenix.
First, the vineyard is planned for a property to the west and parallel to I-17. The winery would be on the southwest corner of the junction of I-17 and SR 169. The RV complex is planned for the northwest corner. Other business opportunities, such as a large convenience store or fast food restaurants, will be market driven.
According to the letter of intent, “Hunn Development plans to install the majority of the infrastructure in an early phase of development and anticipates that the area on the north side of SR 169 along with half of the housing will be developed as the first unit of In addition, half of the vineyard will be planted in the initial effort.
The developers want a rezoning of the county for a planned area development (PAD) to develop the land in a “consistent and cohesive manner”.
Hunn is looking for a Residential CAE, a Commercial/Mixed CAE and an Industrial CAE. According to the plan, the total number of single-family and multi-family units will not exceed 600.
The new site infrastructure requires new wells, storage tanks and distribution pipelines as well as a wastewater treatment plant. It will also involve new power lines, a new road and possibly a roundabout to enter the northern and southern sections of the property. Bonds are a likely source of funding for improvements.
The property drains primarily into Cienega Creek. Portions of the property are in areas designated by FEMA as special flood hazard areas. The property is bordered by the Prescott National Forest on three sides.
Although Camp Verde is the closest municipality to a dramatic downhill drive, Hunn said the design was inspired by the heritage of the Prescott area. The property is in the Humboldt Unified School District.
In his introductory information on the proposed project, Hunn states, “The location is ideal for the necessary highway-oriented retail while providing a highly accessible location for a local food and wine experience with opportunities for wine tastings, festivals and other events that can serve as a gateway to northern Arizona wine country.