By Jen Lebron Kuhney | The Arizona Republic
The quiet, cowboy town of Wickenburg could one day double its population if it annexes 2,186 acres slated for development.
The town of 6,500 has been working with property owner M3 Companies for about two years on an annexation plan that would add a master-planned community with up to 3,129 new housing units. The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors already has approved the development, which is on county land.
Developing that land and surrounding properties is essential for the town’s future, some officials say. Some residents believe taking over the area northwest of town would put the town at financial risk, an assertion town leaders say is not true.
“The question isn’t whether or not the development should be built, but whether or not it should be in Wickenburg,” Town Manager Josh Wright said.
“The choice the council will need to make is if they want to have control and a say in a development that’s a stone’s throw away.”