Safford considering re-zone for more housing units

Randy Pozo is asking the City of Safford to approve a re-zoning to allow him to build a duplex on his lot on 7th Street. - Contributed Image

SAFFORD — The City of Safford is considering a zoning change to accommodate much-needed housing.

At its most recent meeting, the City Council held the first reading of an ordinance that would allow Randy Pozo to rezone his property on 7th Street, behind Graham County Courthouse, from conventional-manufactured housing (C-MH) to multiple family residential (R-2).

“I get calls daily (about) the (housing) shortage that we are suffering,” Pozo said.

Pozo said his goal is to build a duplex on the property, which is located near pre-existing multi-family housing units.

Both city staff and the Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval of the proposed zone change.

Mayor Jason Kouts thanked Pozo for his willingness to invest and help reduce the housing crunch currently experienced by the Gila Valley, due in large part to the high productivity of the Safford and Morenci mines, and the need for an increased workforce.

The council will take final action on the rezoning request at a future meeting.