As Arizona becomes one of the most popular places to move to in the country, a common trend to make room for the growth is farmland in the rural parts of the valley have gone away over the last few decades to make room for residential land.
The need and trend continues as Schnepf Farms is the latest farm to sell a piece of land to developers.
Mark Schnepf and his family made the decision to sell 13 acres of their 300-acre farm to help pay for improvements at their facility. Their farm is 80 years old now and improvements are needed in fencing, utilities and infrastructure.
Construction is already underway for approximately 150 rental homes. The development is expected to be completed by late summer. The community will feature single-level cottage-like homes, with walkways and parks throughout.
According to the Maricopa Association of Governments, more people moved to Maricopa County than any other county in the country in 2020. Data shows Queen Creek has the highest housing growth in the state.
Reported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, over half of the farmland in Maricopa County has been sold to urban development.