The growth in our area is inevitable, but regulation of that growth is absolutely vital. We cannot allow any more perpetual rubber stamping of new land development without proper planning and infrastructure support.
El Dorado Holdings, a prominent local developer, is looking to build 170 new homes in the New River Wash, west of the new Circle Mountain neighborhood [See “Development Near Anthem Gets a Thumbs Up in 2nd of 3 Votes,” In&Out, June 20].
They want to raise the FEMA restricted river basin up 6 feet on 13 acres of land so that they can squeeze in 47 more houses. This will remove the land from the floodplain, restricting the river and changing its direction and intensity during flood season. The redirected and compressed rapids will directly impact the neighborhoods downstream that include Arroyo Grande and West Anthem.
I’m hopeful other residents will see the danger in this and feel empowered to contact City of Phoenix Councilwoman Thelda Williams and tell her that we voted for her to protect us. We, her constituents—and not irresponsible developers—should be her priority. If we don’t speak up, no one else will. Her email: email@example.com.
The Phoenix City Council plans to meet July 3 at 10 a.m. to decide our fate [The developer has requested a continuance of this meeting until Sept. 4]. If City of Phoenix/Anthem residents can attend that meeting in addition to emailing Thelda, we may stand a chance. We need to be loud.
—Dino Cotton, Anthem Arroyo Grande
Editor’s Note: Cotton represents Parkside on the Anthem Community Council. The views expressed here are his own. An El Dorado Holdings engineer has stated the project would not negatively affect river levels for existing homeowners in the area.