Letter: Preserve the Dells
As a long-term Prescott resident, I, like many others, feel that the Granite Dells are the true heart and soul of Prescott. With increasing development, the Dells will literally become the physical heart of the Prescott metropolitan area.
Visitors are shocked that the Dells are not protected. Recent transplants from California are disappointed to walk through the new development along the Iron King and Peavine trails and find more of what they sought to leave behind.
In the long-term, what is truly more valuable to the city? Unique opportunities to explore one-of-a-kind landscapes full of wildlife and wild beauty or a few hundred luxury homes? Developers, what will attract the majority of your homebuyers? Living next to an affluent neighborhood or a natural environment unlike any other?
I ask City Council members to visit this land and ask yourself what is best for Prescott. Building homes in the Dells will require huge investments and destruction, greatly affecting our trail system, disturbing wildlife habitat, and dissuading many would-be homebuyers. Financial return on these homes will be minimal compared to the permanent value, economic and otherwise, of preserving one of America’s truly special places.
This is not a simple issue of land-owner rights or who “wins” the current battle. If we preserve the Dells in their natural state, absolutely everyone wins, even financially over time. To the City of Prescott and to the developers — please choose wisely.
Our heart is in your hands.