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Additional parcel for McDowell Sonoran Preserve may be up for grabs

The City of Scottsdale has received a rezoning proposal for a 4,000 acre parcel in North Scottsdale between Scottsdale and Pima Roads.  This proposal includes 400 acres identified by the City and approved by voters in 2002, for the completion of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
If the rezoning is approved, the Greater Pinnacle Peak Association is concerned that the cost of the land will increase beyond the $28.2 million the city has allocated for the property.   While the dates have not been announced, a public open house and hearings will be held before the rezoning is voted on.

View from Tom's Thumb trail head in McDowell Sonoran Preserve

View from Tom’s Thumb trailhead in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Today, Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve is a 30,200 acre area surrounding the McDowell Mountains.  An additional 400 acres (a portion at Pima and Dynamite and the remainder at Pima along Rawhide Wash) are intended for another public trailhead and a connection to the rest of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
Of greatest concern in the rezoning proposal are two parcels, a 115-acre piece and a 41-acre space proposed for commercial zoning (east side of North Scottsdale Road between Happy Valley and Jomax). The remaining 3,845 acres would remain zoned for residential; however, the proposal increases the density (more homes per acre).
These rezoning actions are expected to increase the value of the parcels potentially to a point that they are out of reach for the City to purchase the remainder of the land identified for the Preserve.  The entire 4,000 acres is currently held by the state land trust.
Watch our Blog for more information on dates of the public open houses and hearings on this rezoning proposal.
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Don Matheson
Realtor | Founder
The Matheson Team – RE/MAX Fine Properties
21000 N. Pima Rd., #100, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
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