Should the city be taking steps to regulate its populations growth?

Mayor candidates

Rowle Simmons: “The water policy of the city will do just that. I do not agree with the folks that want to copy places like Boulder, Colo.”

Lindsay Bell: “Yes, the city should be taking steps to moderate the rate of growth. I support the smart growth strategies outlined in the General Plan to achieve a growth rate of 2 to 3 percent per year. As mayor, I would encourage two primary growth management tools: broad-based long-range planning and judicious, thoughtful water allocation decisions.”

Paul Katan: “Certainly, do you want to live in another Phoenix? Folks are leaving sprawling cities in droves for Prescott’s small-town charm. Our increasing growth generates crime, pollution and traffic, which results in a lower quality of life and higher costs of living for everyone. Also, we need to know how much growth our limited water resource can support. Uncontrolled growth will force increased residential water conservation and higher rates.”

Matt Hein: “Here we ‘grow’ again … the city plays a part, yes, and water allocation is one controlling factor. Rapid growth can put a strain on city services, so balancing development with sustainability is important to me as a citizen.”

Council candidates

Bob Bell: “Growth in Prescott will be controlled through the available water. The plan is to allot no more than 200 acre-feet to new development. This equates to approximately 600 homes – or a population growth of 1,266 people – 3 percent per year, as defined in the general plan.”

John Steward: “No. First, this is still a free country, and the last time I checked you can still live where you want to. Second, we don’t need another layer of government to deal with. Third, the way our current water allocation is handled, there is a limit based on the water allocation.”

Alan Dubiel: “Yes. Growth of the city limits should be for essential commercial/industrial annexations. Growth in the number of residences within the city on pre-1998 plats should not be limited. Growth in the number of residences on other city land requesting rezoning can be managed by the available surface water, infrastructure and the overall benefit to our quality of life. Population growth is not otherwise controlled.”

Lenny Porges: “We live in a desert and are experiencing a drought; therefore the city must play a role in managing growth. We cannot continue to grow at 5 percent per year and provide water for all our residents. Our General Plan, adopted overwhelmingly, calls for growth at 2 to 2-and-a-half percent, which urban planners believe is optimal for economic stability and quality of life. The city should manage growth through the water allocation process.”

Bob Roecker: “I believe city government’s role is to direct growth through long-range policies, annexation, zoning, fees, etc. Private property owners have a right to develop their land with the parameters established by the citizens of a community. Also, natural resources, federal and state land boundaries may limit growth.”

Howard Mechanic: “According to the Rocky Mountain Institute, communities that grow faster than about 2 percent have more problems. The vast majority of our citizens approved Prescott’s General Plan last year. It called for a 2 to 3 percent growth rate. For the last two years we have had a growth rate exceeding 5 percent. I will continue to advocate for a sustainable growth rate so our ‘boom’ won’t end in ‘bust.’”

Robert Behnke: “Yes. Larger annexations should be measured against a fixed population index that allows growth at levels supported by water availability and that reflects commercial, industrial, schools, parks and open space locations, roads and highways that can handle long-term traffic requirements based on population projections prior to development(s). The rate of development should be based on a yearly percentage of the fixed population index.”

Robert Luzius: “Yes. We are exceeding the growth rate as outlined by our General Plan, which was voted on by the citizens of Prescott and ratified by City Council. (The city should control growth) by strict adherence to the General Plan. Make sure that all infrastructures and adequate water supplies are in place and paid for by the developers prior to building. Our growth rate must be held to 2 to 2-and-a-half percent.”