After a lengthy presentation and 36 comments from the public Tuesday, the Marana Town Council has set an Aug. 17 date for expected votes on a development agreement and zoning change that would allow a commercial landfill on ground in West Marana.
Tuesday night's public hearing on the Marana Regional Landfill Specific Plan stretched to nearly 10:30 p.m. In unofficial tally, speakers opposed to the landfill outnumbered proponents by a 21-14 tally; at least one speaker expressed no strong opinion either way.
Mayor Ed Honea said he had received nearly 60 comment cards. Some didn't speak because others had made the same point; others left before their cards were called.
"Thank you, everyone, for being courteous and respectful," Honea told the audience. Commentary by the public "does have an impact on our council."
Kevin Kish, Marana's general manager of development services, originally suggested the council continue its public hearing on the zoning change to the council's Tuesday, Sept. 7 meeting. Because that is the day after Labor Day, "we are looking at recommending to an Aug. 17 meeting," Kish told the governing board Tuesday.
Kish said a development agreement between developer DKL Holdings and the Town of Marana would come to the council at a study session next Tuesday, July 27, "so we can start talking about those items." A development agreement would address terms and conditions for landfill operation beyond the rule of zoning.
A crowd of more than 75 people packed the council chambers Tuesday night.
Vice Mayor Herb Kai, who owns the ground upon which the landfill would be constructed, participated in the early part of Tuesday's meeting, then recused himself when the public hearing opened.
Councilman Russell Clanagan, recovering from surgery, participated in the hearing by telephone.