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11:57 PM Fri, Sept. 21st

Development will happen at farm

No one knows exactly what will happen with the Young's Farm property in the wake of the Dewey-Humboldt Town Council's rejecting Monogram Development Services' The Village at Young's Farm proposal this past Tuesday.

Efforts to save Young's Farm as a working farm failed, and the family put the farm up for sale for development and planned to move its farm operations to Oregon.

Monogram agreed to buy the land and proposed an extensive residential development plan.

Most thought the matter ultimately would go to a referendum, but because the council rejected the plan, it left the voters nothing to take to referendum.

In the wake of the rejection, Mayor Tom Hintze resigned. Monogram says it will be back with a revised plan, and that matter still may go to referendum.

What we know so far is that the plan had some vocal, well-organized opposition whose leader says the group doesn't oppose development per se but didn't like the density of the Monogram proposal. Some letters to the editor the Courier has received indicate some people think the area may remain farmland or open space.

To quote Clint Eastwood from "In the Line of Fire," "That's not gonna happen."

It will be some kind of development even though Arizona is full of people hell-bent on dictating the legal use of property they don't own.

The only question about that is how it happens, by council vote, by referendum or by litigation.