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- November 16th, 2021 -
Hello <<First Name>>,
The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will be meeting tomorrow, November 17th at 9:00AM in Cottonwood. One agenda item of particular significance is the re-evaluation of the Yavapai Ranch project. 

After tabling the issue indefinitely in the past months at the developer's request, this meeting will be the first of two hearings potentially affirming the reversion of the PAD zoning back to the original RCU-2A zoning district, in accordance with non-performance in the previously approved stipulations on approximately 51,000 acres (28 parcels) consisting of 6,500 single family residences and 95 acres set aside within the PAD for Village Centers consisting of commercial and residential (6,000 maximum units) uses for a total of 12,500 residences. The project is located about 12 miles south of Seligman and 35 miles north of Prescott off of Williamson Valley Road.

Concerns raised by citizens and regional groups about past iterations of this project include:
  • Urban sprawl
  • Increased costs to County for road maintenance; the site is far out unpaved Williamson Valley Road.
  • Increased costs for County permitting, code inspections, law enforcement.
  • Applicant is speculating - throwing stuff at the wall to see what sticks. Applicant has previously proposed an observatory, a wind energy farm, and (twice) an enormous development - all failed. 
  • Water use: pumped from Big Chino, will degrade base flow of Verde River.
  • Applicant has unreasonably rejected - twice - reasonable proposals to trade land with Prescott National Forest to consolidate the checkerboard pattern, a highly desirable action. Applicant rejected the authorized Federal appraisal service required by PNF and insisted on hiring his appraiser.
  • Applicant submitted fraudulent private appraisals to the Navajo Nation, who, upon discovery, backed out of a proposed purchase.
Save the Dells recognizes the broadly-rippling impacts that large projects like Yavapai Ranch can have regionally on things like traffic and safety, quality of life and a secure, sustainably managed water future.

Citizens interested in learning more about this project and providing public comment should view the agenda and supporting documents below, and consider attending the meeting in person or virtually at the link provided.
Click Here for Meeting Agenda & Additional Documents
Click Here for Virtual Meeting Link

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