By Bill Van Nimwegen | Apache Junction/Gold Canyon Independent
The sanctuary of the Gold Canyon United Methodist Church was nearly filled the afternoon of March 28 when 550 residents of Gold Canyon and Peralta Trails neighborhoods gathered for a scheduled community meeting.
The purpose of the meeting was to gather information, dispel rumors and address concerns surrounding Peralta Canyon, an approved development of 761 new homes to the north of Peralta Trail. To most of the attendees, the most pressing issue was the expected increase in traffic on Peralta Road and a perception that the developer did not provide sufficient access and egress in the plan.
Other attendees who own property on Sleepy Hollow Trail—a road to the north of the new homes—were concerned by a proposal to connect their street to the new subdivision.