Originally Published: December 6, 2018 8:23 p.m.
When we bought our home eight years ago, the house included an Arizona room. Later we applied for a land use permit to build an outbuilding. During the application process, the building department noticed our Arizona room on an aerial photo. We were informed the room was added without a permit and required to tear it down.
We were also told we needed to pay for a permit for the privilege. I tell this story to point out that private property rights are not absolute. We all have constraints on what our fellow citizens allow us to do with our own property.
To suggest that Arizona Eco Development should be entitled to do whatever it wishes with property in the Granite Dells, and that the only way the City of Prescott can influence their plans is to purchase land from them at a price AED sets is a patent absurdity.
About 500 untrammeled acres in the heart of the Granite Dells need to be preserved for the benefit of future generations. This can be achieved through negotiations over AED’s requested annexation. It is our City Council’s duty to put the desires of its constituents before those of developers. Save the Dells!