Nearly 4,000-home project pro­posed for Prescott

Yuma Sun - - NEWS -

PRESCOTT — Homes could spring up soon all over Prescott as part of a pro­posed Ari­zona Eco Devel­op­ment project.

The project be­gan its pub­lic re­view process this week, as Ari­zona Eco Devel­op­ment CEO Ja­son Gisi ap­peared be­fore the Prescott City Coun­cil on Tues­day to in­tro­duce plans for a 3,850home devel­op­ment.

The project would in­clude an­nex­a­tion of two parcels of land, as well as a par­cel that is al­ready within city lim­its, The Daily Courier re­ported.

“The goal of to­day’s meet­ing is to in­tro­duce this project to the coun­cil and the pub­lic,” Gisi said Tues­day, adding that the meet­ing was “the first of many pub­lic hear­ings I’ll be re­quired to host.”

Gisi next will ask the city to take in two parcels of land — a north sec­tion near the Prescott Air­port, and the Homestead an­nex­a­tion near the Point of Rocks, the for­ma­tions that bor­der the old Peav­ine rail­road route, which is now a trail.

Gisi said most of the Point of Rocks would be pre­served un­der the plans.

“On the ma­jor for­ma­tions, there are zero plans to touch them,” he said, not­ing that the project would des­ig­nate the area as open space, which would be pre­served in per­pe­tu­ity.

Still, Coun­cil­woman Jean Wil­cox had sev­eral ques­tions about the plans for devel­op­ment along the trail.

“When people use those trails, they’re go­ing to be go­ing through a sub­urb,” Wil­cox said, ques­tion­ing the recre­ational value of “see­ing a lot of walls and houses,” as they walk or ride along the trail.

“I think it will dam­age the econ­omy,” she said, re­fer­ring to the lo­cal tourist draw of the scenic trail.

Wil­cox sug­gested de­vel­op­ers po­si­tion their homes as far as pos­si­ble from the Point of Rocks.

“It would be much more de­sir­able to have less dense (devel­op­ment) at the in­ter­sec­tion of the Peav­ine and the Iron King,” she said.

But Mayor Pro Tem Jim Lamer­son stressed the pri­vate-prop­erty rights of the landown­ers.

“How pre­sump­tu­ous of you to have ideas on how to use your land,” he told Gisi.

Wil­cox urged Gisi to con­sider pro­vid­ing con­nec­tions be­tween planned open space tracts and trails, and al­low­ing ac­cess to the gen­eral pub­lic.

Gisi re­sponded: “It’s been demon­strated that open space is an as­set, and our goal will be to cre­ate con­nec­tiv­ity.”

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