First Hawes Crossing housing plan advances

The entire 1,131-acre Hawes Crossing master planned community is surrounded by Air Operations Areas that are shaded in three different colors based on the impact of flights to and from PHX Mesa Gateway Airport. Photo via City of Mesa

(Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Lennar.)

By Josh Ortega | East Valley Tribune

Almost a year after Mesa City Council approved the 1,131-acre Hawes Crossing, the first residential community in the massive master planned community is one step closer to breaking ground.

The City of Mesa Planning and Zoning Board earlier this month unanimously approved rezoning 80.66-acre for what the developers call “charming and desirable” Hawes Crossing Village One around Hawes and Elliott roads and 80th Street.

The approval only changes minor development standards to allow for specific homes and townhomes by homebuilder Lennar, which must also get approval of the Specific Plan and preliminary plat.

There are still several other hurdles the developers must clear with the city but it’s one step closer to issuing permits on the 458 single-family homes and 103 townhomes.

While a date has not been set for breaking ground, attorney Jordan Rose, whose Rose Law Group represents the developers and put together the initial assembly of land for Hawes Crossing, said, “They are eager to break ground, so they will continue to move through the City processes as quickly as possible.”

“Hawes Crossing has become the hottest new master planned community in the East Valley,” she said. “This area of Mesa is tremendously desirable for the accessibility to jobs, good schools and nearby recreational.”