7/24/2013 10:59:00 AM Editorial Vote for open space land exchange is good planning for future
This past Thursday, three public bodies participated in a tour of 180 acres of land on Prescott Valley's west side that could, with a vote from Town Council this Thursday, become the community's newest area of open space.
The Town Council, Planning and Zoning and Parks and Recreation commissions toured the land owned by Kitchell Development Co., developer of the Prescott Valley Crossroads shopping center on both sides of Highway 69 and Sundog Ranch Road. The proposed open space includes 161 acres on Glassford Hill and another area adjacent to Fain Park.
The Town is proposing to extend its development incentive agreement with Kitchell for 38 months in exchange for the open space, a move that Town Manager Larry Tarkowski said will keep homes from being built on the residential zoned land on Glassford Hill.
"People have said they don't want anything higher on the mountain, and this is land where they could come in and plat housing lots. This land purchase would take away that ability," Tarkowski said.
The smaller parcel of proposed open space land near Rose Creek, which along with Lynx Creek, empties into Fain Lake, will allow the expansion of the popular Fain Park.
While there are no plans yet for the proposed open space land, it will be up to the Parks and Recreation Commission in years to come to develop and enhance its use.
A Thursday vote to continue the development agreement with Kitchell in return for open space land would be a good exchange, because Prescott Valley undoubtedly will continue to grow as the economy improves. The agreement also is beneficial for the Town's continued economic health.
Prescott Valley residents value the community's quality of life, and plenty of open space not only enhances the beauty of the Town, it offers new recreation opportunities and space for wildlife.