Section of Transmountain to be Developed
POSTED: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 7:19pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 1:55am
A group of hikers and land conservationists that want to preserve a large patch of land in the northeast won't get their way.
That's because council today voted to devote that land to urban development. The land is almost 800 acres straddling Transmountain Road on the west side of the Franklin mountains.
Those opposed to developing that area say they want to preserve the scenic corridor and natural arroyos.
Those in favor of development say the area will be more sustainable this way.
"I'm not devastated by it, I think there's a compromise we can work on," said the chairman of the Open Space Advisory Board, Charlie Wakeem.
"City council voted to develop it but to develop it in a more sustainable way, much more like a Kern Place or a Sunset Heights type of neighborhood," said deputy director of Planning and Development for the city, Mathew McElroy.
The Open Space Advisory Board hopes to still preserve that area, just a smaller section of it.