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Prescott Valley council gets earful on Pronghorn Ranch Parkway development
Board also approves distracted driving ordinance

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Prescott Valley Town council members had a busy evening Dec. 6 with a study session, regular council meeting, and an executive session.

At the Call to the Public segment of the regular council meeting, residents spoke out on two issues. A few were responding to recent comments by state Rep. David Stringer. Most of the sizable audience attending the meeting, however, expressed concern with the requested zoning map change on both sides of Pronghorn Ranch Parkway.

Residents’ concerns over the request for zoning map change and minor General Plan amendment included necessary expansion of water, sewer, police service, the expected increase in vehicular traffic, and available schools.

The ingress/egress plan revived concerns over escape routes in emergency situations. One resident questioned the use of Antelope Meadows, the single roadway residents use in and out of the development, “especially with Paradise, California, fresh on our minds.”

Council members cannot respond with comments to people during the call to the public part of the meeting.

Some residents mentioned the low-density zoning as written in the 2025 General Plan as something they found reassuring when they moved into the neighborhood.

Pronghorn resident Rob Esson said there was confusion over what constitutes a request for major versus minor general plan amendments. He also spoke about three issues: whether adding multihousing zoning constitutes a major or minor General Plan amendment, going from four dwelling units to 15 units per acre; whether the P&Z Commission could divide the request into two separate areas; and that town rules require a neighborhood meeting prior to public hearing.

The first public hearing, Esson said, was hosted by the fire marshal. The second included “seriously misleading” illustrations showing the land use request was for medium density of a maximum eight dwellings.

“The truth is, for medium-high density, allows 15 dwellings, ‘a substantial and inexcusable error,’” he said.

A former educator, Pam Van Driel, said district schools currently are at full capacity, and she wondered where future children would attend school, especially as voters did not approve a recent bond measure.

In other matters requiring action, council unanimously approved, without discussion, the distracted driving ordinance that will go into effect Jan. 19. The ordinance is similar but not identical to what Yavapai County and the City of Prescott approved earlier this past fall.

The Legislature will be looking at a statewide law, said PV Town Manager Larry Tarkowski. “But in lieu of that, we’ve had severe accidents due to distracted driving, so we are moving forward at your direction,” he said.

Also without discussion, having heard these agenda items previously in work-study session, council members unanimously approved $767,000 to Scholfield Civil Construction for the Legend Larry Well Project, and $1.3 million to Drill Tech Inc. for two other well projects, the Little Pete and the Antelope Park Water Supply.

These projects are paid for through one-time fees built into the price of homes in future developments, Tarkowski explained.

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