Although city leaders have spent nearly $1 billion over the past two decades to create the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, which now spans 46 square miles across north Scottsdale, there are still several thousand acres left that could transform with bulldozers and backhoes.
In the past year, developers have filed plans for at least eight construction projects covering more than 1,000 acres of raw land north of Thompson Peak Parkway. Several have won City Council approval, while others are under review.Meanwhile, another 4,000 acres of state trust land in north Scottsdale took a critical step closer to development in early July, when the council approved denser zoning and paved the way for 5,000 homes and 76 acres of resort property to fulfill a promise made to the Arizona State Land Department 18 years ago.
And from incumbent city council candidate Virginia Korte:
Councilwoman Virginia Korte, who has been involved with desert preservation efforts since the 1990s, said she does not think the city should buy more land to expand the preserve. It could cost more to buy the remaining state land than it did to secure the 30,000 acres already in the preserve, she said.
“For us to go out and extend the tax or add another sales tax on top of what we have to purchase these properties that are so far above reasonable cost for us as a community — I don’t think that is being a good steward,” Korte said. “Let’s celebrate the completion of our preserve and move forward on how to sustain it.”
Nicely done, Parker Leavitt. Just as one “journalist” turns his back on us, another arises to bring back at least a token of resident-focused reporting via the old Republic. Let’s hope you can keep it up!