New residential care home approved by Planning & Zoning Commission

Community Development

The rural community of Pearce/Sunsites will now have a residential care home, after the Cochise County Planning & Zoning Commission approved an application for a Special Use Permit by its owner.


Iliana Lara told the commission on Wednesday she plans to move the Casa de Angeles Assisted Living Home she currently operates in Cochise to N. Ironwood Court, Pearce.


“This new location seems to suit our needs best,” she said. “We will be the only assisted living facility in the area. We are excited about the move because our residents will be closer to their families, and there will be better access to local amenities. I believe this is a good thing we are doing for the community.”


The 3,149-square foot property is currently run as a bed and breakfast. As a care home, the building will house up to 10 permanent residents.


The application received one objection from the owner of a neighboring property, who raised concerns about traffic and noise.


Lara told the commission her current facility had been visited only twice last year by emergency vehicles, and that deliveries were made about once a month.


The commission unanimously approved the Special Use Permit request, subject to conditions.


In other business, the commission unanimously elected Patrick Greene as its chairman for 2018, and Wayne Gregan as vice chair.