Gateway East Development Moving Forward


The Mesa Planning and Zoning Board recently gave the green light to a Planned Area Development (PAD) and special use permits for a new mixed-use development in the southeast corner of the Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport called Gateway East.

The land has been designated for non-aeronautical development in the airport’s master plan and its proximity to nearby communities like Queen Creek and Gilbert make its development significant for southeast Mesa.

Gateway East will provide more potential sites for entertainment, dining, and hospitality, which residents have said are currently in short supply.

The Boyer Company of Salt Lake City, one of the nation’s largest developers, has been approved as the master developer for Gateway East, and will pay the airport 55 cents per square foot for developed lots in addition to a 10% revenue share.

The deviations from the current light industrial zoning include raising the maximum allowed building height from 40 feet to 165 feet in the upper half of the parcel and 90 feet in the bottom half. The council use permit approved by the planning board allows hotels and large commercial developments in Gateway East, while the special use permit allows service stations and heliports.