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3/26/2014 11:15:00 AM
Go-ahead on Glassford Heights subdivision imminent
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Briana Lonas

The Prescott Valley Town Council is poised to approve the proposed annexation of 1,259 acres located west of the Granville subdivision and south of State Route 89A.

The agenda item has been upgraded as an emergency measure to allow the adoption of the ordinance by a single reading.

Earlier this year, Council approved moving forward with the proposed annexation for the new master-planned community.

Arizona Eco Development LLC (AED), an Arizona-based real estate holding company, owns that portion of land and requested the annexation. So far, AED has purchased about 15,000 acres off of Highway 89A slated for development.

Developer and AED president Jason Gisi said during a previous meeting that he hopes the project will be moving quickly by 2015.

The town has a plan to provide the proposed Glassford Heights subdivision with the infrastructure and services to serve the area within 10 years after the date when the annexation becomes final, according to a town report.

Staff gathered petitions and filed the annexation paperwork earlier this month, after a 30-day waiting period.

In addition, council will consider approving a contract with the low bidder C&D Landfill, Inc. for services as part of the town's annual Clean-up Day.

This year's event takes place on Saturday, May 3.

The regular Town Council meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, 7401 E. Civic Circle in the Prescott Valley Public Library Auditorium.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, May 16, 2014
Article comment by: Luke Hyde

Growth takes time it won't just happen over night. Fear in growth will do nothing but be looked over and I think its great to see people moving in. I was born and raised here. I remember going to school and not being able to take higher placed courses or different languages other than spanish because of the small size in classes. I know a kid in Bradshaw Mtn High and he is taking German and loving it. He also knows English and spanish.

Brining both the elderly and the young will enable us to have a dynamic town/city. Jobs are created out of need not the other way around. Jobs and small businesses die slowly when there is a lack of people and need.

Our Town/City can plan accordingly and grow properly. Prescott Valley has put so much forth in the effort to replenish the water table and so has Prescott. I see a bright future for our growing town eventually city...

Posted: Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Article comment by: Tony Viada

@ PV Resident

In answer to your question "why do we need to build more?".
We don't. But then it's not so much a question of need as it is a question of greed.
The land owner wants money so they sell the land without regard as to how it will be used.
The developer wants money so they build without any concern as to the effect it will have on a community they do not live in.
The city wants money and OK's the plan so they can collect more revenue from taxes and utility cost.
In short, sustainability is not the concern of those who make the money. Like locust the come, they destroy and they move on leaving those of us without the financial means to just pack up and move with their legacy.

Posted: Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Article comment by: PV Resident

I agree with Diane. I have no idea what the master plan actually says, but the fact is there just aren't enough jobs up here to support a population increase like that. Aside from that, there are plenty of empty houses already, so why do we need to build more?

Posted: Sunday, March 30, 2014
Article comment by: @ Diane Pratt

@ Diane Pratt, perhaps you should read the General Plan again, particularly Chapter 3. This newly annexed area is in Tier 1 of the 2025 General Plan. Page 18 of Chapter 3 states "Tier I recognizes that the roughly 26,000 acres of land area, most of which is within the Town boundaries (as of October 2011), are available and appropriate
to accommodate the growth and related infrastructure expansion anticipated for the approximately 15-year planning horizon of this General Plan." You can see the map on page 19, which shows that most of this area is proposed as medium density development. I also love the antelope, but they used to graze in large swaths of PV, probably even where you now live. If you want to preserve this land for the antelope, buy it and donate it to the Nature Conservancy.

Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Article comment by: Diane Pratt

Glassford Heights Subdivision: not part of the 2025 master plan for Prescott Valley. Master plan acknowledges that "The Prescott Valley community welcomes change, but desires new growth that is controlled and that enhances the unique attributes and character of its town." How is adding up to 9000 residences, 18,000 more vehicles on our roadways, an increase of population that may nearly double the population, possibly be considered "controlled growth?" Where is the water to come from to support this growth? How about jobs? More construction jobs for the project, but then when all these homes are filled, where will they find employment? Commute to Phoenix? So highway 17 will become a major traffic jam all the way between here and Phoenix. Why is our city council rushing to make this decision without a change to the master plan approved by the voters? It is not in keeping with "growth that is controlled and enhances the unique attributes and character of the town". Personally, I'd rather allow the Pronghorn to continue grazing this grassland, which is part of the unique character of this town. Its all about money though, isn't it? PV town council: Shame on you for your irresponsibility. A change of this magnitude affects the character and quality of life here in Prescott Valley.

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