Hitching Post CUP Revoked by P&Z Commission

Owners did not complete time-sensitive conditions

A conditional use permit (CUP) to expand attractions and hold various outdoor activities at the Hitching Post, 2341 N. Apache Trail, was revoked by the Apache Junction Planning & Zoning Commission at their May 14 meeting. The motion to revoke passed by a vote of 6-1 with Commissioner Michael McGraw voting no.

Senior Planner Rudy Esquivias said that certain time-sensitive conditions were not met, prompting staff to recommend taking away the CUP that was granted by the City Council a year ago. The planning staff had originally made the recommendation to revoke the CUP in December 2018, but the matter has been continued twice.

Among the conditions listed as unfinished were construction of 12’ western-themed wooden walls, landscaping, a traffic impact analysis and bringing all exterior lighting into compliance with the dark skies ordinance.

The CUP was written to allow the Hitching Post to hold outdoor events and concerts, feature sand volleyball, cornhole games, fire pits, bull riding, putting green and other activities for patrons and guests of the restaurant.

In 2014, Hitching Post owner Mehmood Mohiuddin purchased properties surrounding his restaurant, which currently has a development agreement allowing bull riding two nights a week.

In 2017, Mr. Mohiuddin combined his 5 adjoining parcels into one parcel and then split it into three parcels. They are each zoned differently, and the CUP granted in 2018 applied only to the B-1 (General Commercial) zoned property.

The establishment will continue doing business under the third amendment to its development agreement with the city.

At a call to the public during the May 15  P&Z meeting, as in the past, neighbors of the establishment objected to the CUP, citing noise, dust, lights, parking and traffic safety issues. Mohiuddin said he would abide by the decision of the Commission.

Photo above: A 12 ft. high western-themed fence (above) to be added in 6- and 12-month stages to a parking and activity area was one of the requirements of the CUP that was not completed.

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