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Save the Dells forum set for Monday at Yavapai College

(Nigel Reynolds/Courtesy, Source: Yavapai County)

(Nigel Reynolds/Courtesy, Source: Yavapai County)

Save the Dells is hosting a free community forum at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 25.

This is an opportunity for the community to meet the Save the Dells committee and get questions answered about development threats to the Dells, and ways for people to take action to help create a Granite Dells Regional Park, according to a news release. The forum will be a fun and inspiring evening filled with accurate and timely information, including speakers, high-quality maps, stunning photography, and a question-and-answer session.

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The maps provided by Arizona Eco Development show the areas of proposed annexation (on left), along with the basic plans for development on the acreage. The right map is a close-up view of the area on the left. (Arizona Eco Development/Courtesy)

Save the Dells’ ultimate goal is to permanently preserve the remaining undeveloped portions of the Granite Dells as part of a publicly accessible Granite Dells Regional Park. Arizona Eco Development (AED) is proposing a subdivision and gated community in the heart of the Granite Dells called “Granite Dells Homestead.” Save the Dells’ initial objective is to achieve a fair annexation deal with AED that would protect the entire area within their proposed development surrounding and including the iconic Point of Rocks, the Peavine and Iron King Trails, and an ecologically important riparian area that would interconnect with existing City of Prescott open space.

Since AED’s property will be substantially more valuable if annexed into the city, the public should receive a fair and reasonable amount of open space in exchange for the city granting AED the privileges of annexation, committee members said.

Arizona Eco Development recently hosted two voluntary open houses that were well-attended by the public and Save the Dells supporters, each drawing more than 400 attendees. AED representative Jason Gisi presented information regarding their plans to develop in the heart of the Granite Dells.

In addition to members of the public commenting that AED’s maps were hard to read and not clear, during the comment portion of the open houses many citizens spoke passionately, expressing concerns about the fate of the Granite Dells, the news release states. Many however, were representing their own views and not necessarily those of the Save the Dells committee.

Save the Dells goal for Monday’s event is to help the public understand what Arizona Eco Development is proposing, how this would affect the Granite Dells, and what actions citizens can take to help protect the Dells.

Save the Dells is working to achieve a win-win outcome that respects the private property rights of AED, protects the taxpayers of Prescott, maintains important wildlife habitat, improves recreational access, and serves the best interests of the region by sustaining economic benefits such as significant tourism revenue.

The June 25 Community Forum will include a number of speakers from the Save the Dells committee and the community at large.

Save the Dells is an all-volunteer group of Prescott-area citizens working to create what can be one of the most spectacular Regional Parks in America, a Granite Dells Regional Park, according to the news release.

Attendees of Monday’s forum are expected to learn more about how they propose to permanently protect the remaining undeveloped portions of the Granite Dells as public open space for people, wildlife, and community.

Doors open at 5 p.m., and the event is free and open to the public.

For more information, email savethedells@gmail.com or visit www.SaveTheDells.org.

Information provided by Save the Dells.