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Prescott council to hear public comments on AED proposal during Tuesday, June 15 study session

This undated image from drone footage shows the Dells area in Prescott with the “Point of Rocks" prominently visible in the foreground. The City of Prescott announced the public will have a chance to weigh in on the Arizona Eco Development (AED) plans during a Prescott City Council study session this week. A study session is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, with just one item on the agenda: the pre-annexation development agreement for AED. The development agreement states: “The city desires to own, for purposes of public open space, a portion of the Granite Dells including the Point of Rocks which is located with the south parcel.” (Image from video provided by Arizona Eco Development/Courtesy)

This undated image from drone footage shows the Dells area in Prescott with the “Point of Rocks" prominently visible in the foreground. The City of Prescott announced the public will have a chance to weigh in on the Arizona Eco Development (AED) plans during a Prescott City Council study session this week. A study session is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, with just one item on the agenda: the pre-annexation development agreement for AED. The development agreement states: “The city desires to own, for purposes of public open space, a portion of the Granite Dells including the Point of Rocks which is located with the south parcel.” (Image from video provided by Arizona Eco Development/Courtesy)

The public will have a chance to weigh in on the Arizona Eco Development (AED) plans during a Prescott City Council study session this week.

A study session is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, with just one item on the agenda: the pre-annexation development agreement for AED.

City Community Outreach Manager John Heiney said the main purpose of this week’s study session is for the City Council to hear from the public.

During a June 8 meeting, the council heard a presentation on the long-discussed development agreement from City Attorney Jon Paladini and also heard comments from the developer and the public.

The AED development agreement would set out the terms for the annexation into city limits of two AED parcels and the planned development of the land.

The draft development agreement states that the two AED parcels includes: the south parcel, which consists of 866 acres; and the north parcel, which consists of 1,656 acres.

Much of the public attention has focused on the south parcel, which includes, in part, the geographic area known as the Granite Dells, as well as the focal point known as the Point of Rocks.

The development agreement states: “The city desires to own, for purposes of public open space, a portion of the Granite Dells including the Point of Rocks which is located with the south parcel.”

The north parcel is located adjacent to the Prescott Regional Airport (PRC). The development agreement states: “The city is in the process of expansion of PRC which includes, among other things, anticipated extension of the primary runway into the north parcel.”

It adds that the city and the developer “desire that the property be annexed into the corporate limits of the city and be developed as an integral part of the city.”

The city and the developer entered into a non-binding letter of intent in June 2020 that outlined the basic terms and conditions to be incorporated into the pre-annexation development agreement, which must be approved by the developer and the city.

As proposed, the project would involve a total of about 2,400 residential lots, 200 resort units, and a number of commercial/industrial and other uses.

Heiney said Friday that the June 15 meeting would allow for in-person comments from the public, as well as written comments. The city put out a call for written comments on June 8, and by Friday, Heiney said two comments had been submitted.

Comments can be made in writing on the city’s website at https://www.prescott-az.gov/business-development/planning/projects/comment, or by emailing AED-council@prescott-az.gov.

Tuesday’s meeting will take place at Prescott City Hall, 201 S. Cortez St., and will also be broadcast live at https://prescott.12milesout.com/live-video.

The city’s schedule for reviewing the AED development agreement includes: 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 15 study session; 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 22 study session/statutory public hearing meeting; 1 p.m. Thursday, June 24 special voting meeting (tentative); and 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 29, special voting meeting (tentative if additional time is needed).

The draft development agreement and other information on the project is available on the city’s website at https://www.prescott-az.gov, under the AED Annexation section on the left side of the home page.

Follow Cindy Barks on Twitter @Cindy_Barks. Reach her at 928-445-3333, ext. 2034, or cbarks@prescottaz.com.

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