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Not appropriate for Prescott

Editor:

When we first visited Prescott in 2009, my husband and I rode our bicycles on the Peavine and Iron King trails. That experience (which we still enjoy), together with hiking in the area and enjoying Prescott’s historic downtown, are what ultimately led to our decision to move here in 2012.

As the City of Prescott considers annexing the area for the proposed Arizona Eco Development (AED), its approval should be conditioned on keeping all development away from the 500 acres proposed by Save the Dells to be set aside as part of a regional park. AED’s recent revised plan and annexation application only minimally addresses the imperative to save this Prescott gem. There would be houses and a resort development visible from the Peavine trail and traffic crossings (even if below grade) forever altering the nature of the trail experience. There would also be ecological damage from development in or directly adjacent to washes that support wildlife.

A Granite Dells resort is not appropriate for Prescott. Hotels are best located in or near Prescott’s downtown. Keeping the resort out of the Dells would preserve an unspoiled Peavine trail experience for visitors and residents alike. Other proposed development could be transferred elsewhere on AED’s large property. AED would still stand to make a huge profit as a result of annexation. The city has no obligation to give AED everything he wants in the annexation deal. Prescott does not need housing in this area; the Granite Dells would be best preserved as it is.

Joanne Polayes

Prescott

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