The beginning of a proposed 2,000-home development could soon see construction in the San Tan Valley as part of a large master-planned community.
The Wales Ranch project will see an initial 640 acres developed in what is expected to be a three-phase project.
Set to go up at the northeast corner of Schnepf and Combs roads, the project is a joint venture belonging to the Roswell, Georgia-based Ashton Woods Homes and TerraWest Communities of Phoenix.
Located some 50 miles to the southeast of downtown Phoenix, San Tan Valley in the last decade has experienced a population boom, jumping from just over 81,000 in 2010 to more than 100,000 today.
The San Tan Valley is in Pinal County, which itself is now regarded as the fastest growing county in Arizona, with a growth rate of 30%.
That growth has been fed by former Phoenix residents looking for larger living spaces, as well as people moving in from other states.
The first phase of the Wales Ranch project will comprise just over 700 homes, with a second phase expected to see construction of just over 550 homes.
By Garry Boulard
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