Millions of dollars ride on E. Mesa vote

This map shows the different areas near Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport where housing is allowed and forbidden. The area in pink is where it is banned and the yellow is an area where special permits are required. Hawes crossing, the area shaded by dots, is in Aircraft Overflight Area 3, where housing is allowed despite noise from planes. / City of Mesa / East Valley Tribune

Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Hawes Crossing

By Jim Walsh | East Valley Tribune

After months of public meetings, the massive Hawes Crossing development is heading toward a vote by the Mesa City Council in January, with only one member opposing it and millions of dollars riding on the decision.

If the zoning changes requested by attorney Jordan Rose are approved, that vote would unlock the potential for development of more than 1,100 acres in an aircraft overflight area two miles from Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport.

It also will enable six dairy farmers to sell their 535 acres and relocate to a more pastoral setting.