I’d like to take a moment to talk with you about an important proposition on the November ballot, Proposition 420.
Prop 420 was initiated by Scottsdale voters in response to the Scottsdale City Council’s plan to build Desert Edge, an educational and desert interpretive center within the McDowell Mountain Sonoran Preserve.
The plan would cost Scottsdale taxpayers $68M+ and include: 129,000 s/f of developed space, wine tasting, food pavilions and nighttime events with lighting and amplified music.
The problem is the proposed site – The McDowell Mountain Preserve – is on protected land. Scottsdale voters purchased this land over the past 30-years through a series of ballot initiatives. They also amended the Scottsdale City Charter to protect this land from development.
Today the McDowell Preserve – at 30,000 acres, is the largest urban preserve in the country.
Scottsdale residents never voted to allow this tourist center to be built. Therefore many residents feel any decision to move forward with this proposal should go to a public vote.
A YES vote on Prop 420 means the Desert Edge proposal – and any future alterations to preserve land – must be approved by Scottsdale voters.
A NO vote on Prop 420 means the Scottsdale City Council will decide the future of the McDowell Sonoran Mountain Preserve and other protected preserve land – which includes opening them up for development purposes.
I personally believe Scottsdale residents should have a voice in the future of our preserve and hope each one of us votes our conscience on this very important issue.
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