El Paso City Council on Tuesday rejected a petition to preserve hundreds of acres of Northwest El Paso land at the center of a development controversy.
The petition, made up of more than 2,000 signatures, was put together by preservationists looking to keep the mountain desert area—home to walking and biking trails including the popular Lost Dog Trail—free from construction.
About a dozen members of the public urged the council to protect the land at Tuesday’s city council meeting.
The council’s vote to reject the petition was 6 to 2 with representatives Peter Svarzbein and Alexsandra Annello the only two in support of preservation.
As KTSM has reported, the city has already set up a special tax zone around the land known as TIRZ #12 to spur the development of roughly 9,400 homes and more than 800,000 square feet of commercial space.
City officials have maintained the development would preserve most of the open space and that property tax money generated would help pay for stormwater infrastructure in the area.