Scottsdale begins public process of ensuring preserve lands

A snapshot of the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Photo courtesy of the Scottsdale Convention Visitors Bureau
A snapshot of the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Photo courtesy of the Scottsdale Convention Visitors Bureau

By Terrance Thornton | Scottsdale Independent

Members of Scottsdale City Council say they intend to make good on the community promise to ensure acres of land known as the McDowell Sonoran Preserve are classified “suitable for conservation.”

The city of Scottsdale is hosting an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17 at Florence Ely Nelson Desert Park, 8950 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, focused on two zoning cases that seek to rezone 22,300 acres of land as “conservation open space.”

Scottsdale officials say preserving these lands protects the main ridgeline of the McDowell Mountains and expands the land area of an important wildlife corridor connected to nearly three million acres of Tonto National Forest.

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