Letter: More on Granite Dells
In Joe Trudeau’s recent Talk of the Town he speaks to the unique opportunity afforded our council to preserve a much-beloved, 500-acre portion of the Granite Dells while allowing Arizona Eco Development (AED) to profitably develop elsewhere on their vast acreage.
Apparently, all the council has to do in the annexation process is to ask AED to stay away from the 500 acres in the Granite Dells that the community wants to see preserved. In return, council could allow AED to build elsewhere on its approximately 15,000 acres, perhaps by increasing density on the northern portion of the 2,500 acres they proposed to develop. To conform to city code, AED is already required to assign 25 percent of its development as open space. The 500 acres doesn’t exceed that requirement.
If AED agrees to this deal, council would provide a raft of vital services, including city water (from its depleting water portfolio), police/fire protection, sewage treatment, and other costly infrastructure.
By allowing AED’s annexation, the city would achieve the important goal of preserving a majestic portion of the Dells, while allowing AED to develop on land it already owns. It seems like a win/win situation for a beleaguered council, AED and a large portion of our caring community.
Many of us would like to hear that council members are considering these compromises and are willing to put the long-term interests of our community in first place. After all, they were elected by the people, not the developers.
Brenda K. Smith