Save The Dells Community Forum
25 Jun 2018
5:30 pm-7:00 pm Located at: Yavapai College Performing Arts Center
Save the Dells is hosting a free Community Forum at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center on Monday, June 25, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:00pm. This is an opportunity to come meet the Save the Dells committee and get your questions answered about development threats to the Dells, and ways for people to take action to help create a Granite Dells Regional Park. This will be a fun and inspiring evening filled with accurate and timely information, including speakers, high-quality maps, stunning photography, and a question and answer session.
Save the Dellsâ€™ ultimate goal is to permanently preserve the remaining undeveloped portions of the Granite Dells as part of a publicly accessible Granite Dells Regional Park. Arizona Eco Development (AED) is proposing a massive subdivision and gated community in the heart of the Granite Dells called â€śGranite Dells Homestead.â€ť Save the Dellsâ€™ initial objective is to achieve a fair annexation deal with AED that would protect the entire area within their proposed development surrounding and including the iconic Point of Rocks, the Peavine and Iron King Trails, and an ecologically important riparian area that would all interconnect with existing City of Prescott open space. Since AEDâ€™s property will be substantially more valuable if annexed into the City, the public should receive a fair and reasonable amount of open space in exchange for the City granting AED the privileges of annexation.
Arizona Eco Development recently hosted two voluntary open houses that were well-attended by the general public and Save the Dells supporters, each drawing more than 400 attendees. AED representative, Jason Gisi, presented a minimal amount of information regarding their plans to develop in the heart of the Granite Dells. Many members of the public commented that AEDâ€™s maps were hard to read and did not make clear AEDâ€™s intentions. During the question and comment portion of the open houses, many citizens spoke passionately, expressing sincere concerns about the fate of the Granite Dells. Many however, were representing their own views and not necessarily those of the Save the Dells Committee. Now, Save the Dells is providing a venue where they will explain to the public their own perspectives on the issues and help to clarify some of the ambiguous details regarding development in and around the Dells.
Save the Dells goal for this event is to help the public understand what Arizona Eco Development is proposing, how this would affect the Granite Dells, and what actions citizens can take to help protect the Dells. Save the Dells is working to achieve a win-win outcome that respects the private property rights of AED, protects the taxpayers of Prescott, maintains important wildlife habitat, improves recreational access, and serves the best interests of the region by sustaining economic benefits such as significant tourism revenue.
Save the Dells founder and Chairman, Joe Trudeau, will provide a thorough overview of Arizona Eco Developmentâ€™s 1,750+ home proposal for the Dells, the annexation process and timeline, and he will explain the Save the Dells Regional Park proposal. Joe will also describe exactly what Save the Dells is fighting for and why we think this is a fair, reasonable solution for the developer, the City, and Prescott-area residents.
Other presenters include: Amber Fields, a Prescott-native, a small business owner, and the Save the Dells Communications Director, who will emcee the evening and introduce our distinguished speakers and panelists. Walt Anderson, Prescott College Faculty Emeritus Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies and Save the Dells Senior Scientist, will be speaking about the ecological values of the Granite Dells. Tom Rusing, retired surgeon and Save the Dells Community Ambassador, will share his thoughts on the importance of the Dells to our community from the perspective of a long-time Prescott resident. In addition, fellow community members will share their stories of why the Dells are irreplaceable and vitally important to our townsâ€™ soul and character.
Save the Dells is an all-volunteer group of local citizens working to create what can be one of the most spectacular Regional Parks in America, a Granite Dells Regional Park. Join them at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center at 5:30pm on June 25 to learn more about how they propose to permanently protect the remaining undeveloped portions of the Granite Dells as public open space for people, wildlife, and community. Doors open at 5:00pm, and the event is free and open to the public.
Organization: Save The Dells
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