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The Citrus Sub-Area: Large Lots, Custom Homes & Unique Citrus Groves

February 19, 2018 | By Shanna Day

What do these areas in Mesa have in common? Mesa Grande in northwestern Mesa. Central Broadway in west central Mesa. Williams Field in the southeast corner of Mesa. Falcon Field in eastern Mesa. The Desert Uplands in northeast Mesa. The Lehi area in north central Mesa. And finally, the Citrus Area in Northeast Mesa.

All have been designated as special sub-areas in the Mesa 2025 General Plan which aims to promote Mesa’s identity by encouraging the revitalization, preservation or development of the unique character or history of these seven locations. Today, we'll be focusing on the Citrus Sub-Area.

The approximately three square mile Citrus Sub-Area boasts of a rural citrus character owing to its history of farming which enjoyed steady growth until urbanization expanded in Mesa in 1980. The Mesa 2025 General Plan aims to preserve the citrus character of the area with a predominantly R1-35 zoning which allows for suburban low-density housing with a minimum lot size of 35,000 square feet or larger. This R1-35 zoning prevents urban and agriculture land use conflicts by providing a transitioning buffer between rural and urban residential land uses. This continued policy of low-density development and the strict retention of flood-irrigated citrus trees also helps in maintaining the Citrus Sub-Area's microclimate which is 10 to 15 degrees cooler at night than the nearby desert areas.