Box Canyon Press Release
Box Canyon – First Light
The following is the press release being sent out this morning to several media outlets in the valley from Friends of the San Tan Mountain Regional Park. You’ll see a reference to a Staff Report from the town of Queen Creek. It’s identifier is GPA12-047 and can be downloaded here.
Why is this important? Even though the [proposed] area being developed is on the west side of San Tan Mountain Regional Park, there will be significant traffic issues which will affect the residents of San Tan Heights due to it’s proximity. There are also ecological, historical and environmental issues at stake as well.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friends of the San Tan Mountain Regional Park oppose development of Box Canyon which borders the west side of San Tan Mountain Regional Park.
Queen Creek, Arizona – December 6, 2012
The beauty and serenity of San Tan Mountain Regional Park is at stake. The Friends of the San Tan Mountain Regional Park are asking the local community to voice your opposition to the development of the west side that borders San Tan Mountain Regional Park at the Queen Creek Town Council meeting December 19th.
In a Staff Report (GPA12-047) dated November 5th there is an amendment to the General Plan of Queen Creek to develop the west side of San Tan Mountain Regional Park (known as Box Canyon). The map on page 10 indicates that the location of a Master Planned Community and the location of the Hotel/Resort. The Master Planned Community is designed for what is known as very low density, or 0-1.0 dwellings per acre. One of the proposed changes is to increase the density cap to 1.8 dwellings per acre, which can be amended again by the Town Council in the future if need be.
The area in question was annexed by the town of Queen Creek to PRESERVE its natural and cultural attributes in 1998. It’s bounded by Hunt HWY on the north, on the east by the Sossaman Road alignment and regional park, on the south by the regional park, and on the west by the Queen Creek planning area/Power Road alignment.
This area is untouched and pristine Sonoran desert. The costs to put in infrastructure (sewer, roads, lighting, etc.) and to widen roads (Hunt HWY and Power Road) is put on the developer. You can not build everywhere in Box Canyon due to washes, fissures, rare plant life and a host of other reasons. Fewer areas to develop mean that more roof tops are needed to make the project profitable, so even the 1.8 dwellings per acre could grow into something that could ultimately look like a regular sub-division.
Friends of the San Tan Mountain Regional Park agree with the reasons for opposition voiced by the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Dept. Those reasons are:
• Open space provided may be inadequate and poorly conceived
• Poor access to the Hunt Hwy could pose problems to emergency access for 3,783 homes
• Unaddressed preservation of the cultural resources within the San Tan and Goldmine Mtns
• Unaddressed ecological impacts to rich Sonoran vegetation and habitats
• Nonexistent buffer between the proposed development and the park
Please join us at the town hall on December 19th at 7pm to voice your opposition to this development.
Queen Creek Town Hall is located at 22350 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek, AZ 85142.
Friends of the San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Contact: Arline Studley, President, at 602-295-2127