Priority plan maps city's hopes for 2004
It's obvious from the results of the Prescott City Council retreat this past weekend, that the council has adopted more practical ideas of what's important.
The council chose as its top priorities for 2004:
• Annexing 7,200 acres of ranchland in northeast Prescott.
• Following through on the city option to buy the 50,000-acre Chino Valley Ranch near Paulden.
• Developing a major convention center and hotel resort within the Prescott city limits.
• Establishing a city water sales policy.
• Pursuing voter adoption of the revised general plan.
Other important priorities likely to get council attention are a new Prescott airport terminal; a sewer extension policy; zoning and review decisions; north-south Prescott road improvements, and a downtown infrastructure plan.
Setting priorities is a matter of focusing on "need to have" items first and "nice to have" items later.
Open spaces and trails didn't make the cut – not that they aren't desirable or even important "nice to haves" – but the city needs to focus on issues that will assure future water supplies, a plan to chart its future course and acquisition of some areas in which to focus affordable housing.
The council members have chosen their priorities wisely and well.