21 July 2017

Mesa's "Cookie-Cutter" Urban Planning Is A Joke in Prescott

Blogger Pre-Note: at least in Prescott residents do know what's going on in planning and development - 50 people showed up to express concerns that consultants were bring Mesa Arizona to Prescott.... and not liking it
 
Residents react to Deep Well Ranch plans
No ‘cookie- cutter’ homes, reflect Prescott’s qualities
By Cindy Barks Originally Published: July 20, 2017 6:02 a.m
"With as many as 10,000 new homes expected to be built in northeast Prescott over the next five decades, current residents made it clear this week what they don’t want: “Cookie-cutter” neighborhoods...
About 50 people turned out at Prescott City Hall Tuesday, July 18, for the second open-house meeting conducted by developers to introduce the Deep Well Ranch multi-use project, which is planned on 1,800 acres along Highway 89 between Prescott and Chino Valley.
The plan shows a mixture of single-family, multi-family, business and light industrial uses.
Local resident Jerry Stricklin led off the audience comments by maintaining that the preliminary planning for the Deep Well project shows none of Prescott’s unique character.
To counteract that, Stricklin urged the developers to “try to make this something that really stands out; do something different; take some chances.” He added: “I’ve seen this plan many times.”
Local resident Bob White expressed similar views. Trying to apply a cookie-cutter approach to Prescott is out of order,” he said, maintaining that the consultants were bringing “Mesa, Arizona, to Prescott.”
Here's how it works in Prescott: In response to audience concerns about how the development would proceed, Barger said he expects the first step to be a gas station near the intersection of Willow Creek Road and Highway 89. After that, he said a school could follow, as well as some light industrial development.
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