In late June, the Surprise City Council members unanimously approved annexation and zoning changes of approximately 634 acres for Marisol Ranch, a residential master planned community designed to promote an environmentally sensitive approach to development by preserving and enhancing significant portions of this pristine desert property.

This is significant for the City of Surprise because it provides a level of control for creating quality growth that was not there when the project was not annexed and under the County’s sole jurisdiction. The project will contribute a significant amount of funding to pay for extending new City infrastructure in this portion of Surprise through a signed development agreement as well as new residential property and commercial sales taxes when constructed. The project will also tie into the City’s planned trails, open space and circulation elements of their development vision.

This is a huge milestone and accomplishment for our Tempe-based project team, who have worked hard to achieve this goal. It’s especially significant for Project Director, Jeff Farr, who has been involved with this project since it’s inception back in 1999 – 20 years! Starting as the land planner who created the master plan and seeing it advance through the efforts of a team of highly talented professionals at RVi is a dream come true for Jeff.

“I have known the property owner for over 20 years. He entrusted me then as a much younger land planner to come up with a project vision for a master planned community that would promote the highest and best land use for his property. When RVi became involved with advancing this project, he still had that same trust.” Jeff said. “Our RVi team performed and delivered an incredible project and that is what I’m most proud of.”

The next steps for this project include going through the preliminary and final plat process which will include a component for landscape design and development of a distinct project character which RVi has been selected to work on. Stay tuned for more updates as the planning and design for Marisol Ranch unfolds.