Letter: Growth in Prescott Valley
I read two articles in the Courier regarding growth and requested zoning changes in Prescott Valley. The article regarding “The Crossing” mentions zoning changes to allow 197 “bungalows” to be built near the 169/69 intersection. The other article was about a zoning change to allow a change from public land to single family for 56 new homes. While it is true that 56 homes will not affect the density of the project, using public lands to do it is problematic.
What disturbed me most about this article was a statement by Joe Contadino that “If you don’t like growth, this is not the place to live.” Sorry Mr. Contadino, we have been witness to too much growth in our town.
The population of Prescott Valley has nearly doubled since 2000. Streets and roads are congested, stores are crowded and services are diminishing. According to Prescott Valley’s web site, in 2011 we had 1.83 police officers per 1,000 population. The 2018/2019 draft budget seems to indicate that we will have 1.66 officers per thousand. We like the small town feel of Prescott Valley and would like to keep it that way.