“During my time serving the citizens of Prescott as Planning and Zoning Commissioner, Council member and Mayor, one overarching topic has been growth and development in Prescott.”
“After moving here, I became involved in many organizations and as a result was quickly plugged into the issues facing our community.”
“Among them, growth, land development and private property rights were front and center, next to water and infrastructure.”
“Often, I hear calls to ‘stop growth’ and ‘stop building’ from both new and longtime Prescott residents. As much as we would like to keep our fair town exactly as it was when we moved here, the truth is that no elected official or governing body has the power to put a halt to growth and development.”
“We can manage growth and encourage appropriate development, however, we can never take away legitimate rights of property owners who wish to develop and build on their property.”
“Likewise, property owners must comply with applicable zoning, height restrictions building codes and the City’s water policy.”
“Through codes, ordinances and ballot initiatives, we can manage and control the pace and appropriateness of growth. We can influence how new development impacts our water supply, our traffic patterns, our public safety services and our infrastructure, but we cannot arbitrarily stop it.”
“What does all of this mean for Prescott?”
“New home construction will continue. We are in a desirable community. Prescott has been growing consistently over a 10-plus year period. It remains a manageable level of growth, provided that the City works to keep up with appropriate services and public safety infrastructure.”
“We must all work together to maintain the community and culture of Prescott, while welcoming a sustainable pace of growth and providing an affordable place for all of our valued residents to live.”
• Prescott Earth Day
and Wildfire Expo
April 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Whiskey Off Road
Mountain Bike event
April 28, Starts 7 a.m. and
goes to 6 p.m. on April 30
• Yavapai County Home Show Findlay Toyota Center
May 19-20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
May 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• 49th Annual Phippen
Western Art Show & Sale