Wednesday, March 8, 2023 / by Juan Grimaldo
Surprise gives final stamp of approval to change city's general plan for BNSF rail complex
Surprise City Council gave its final stamp of approval Tuesday for BNSF Railway Co.'s first application to the city for its planned rail complex and logistics center.
In a key first step to building a 4,000-acre intermodal and industrial hub, the freight giant had applied in 2022 for a major change to the city's general plan to allow for industrial development.
The city approved the plan unanimously at Tuesday evening's meeting, with some Council members stating they approved it so they can see more plans from BNSF. Following the approval, BNSF is now expected to submit applications to rezone and annex the massive property into Surprise, which has continued to grow northwest in recent years.
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By Audrey Jensen - Reporter, Phoenix Business Journal