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Local voters could be asked whether to incorporate New River this November

Gavilan Peak in New River. / Foothills Focus

By Tara Alatorre | The Foothills Focus

The New River Desert Hills Incorporation Committee (NRDHIC) recently completed a legal land survey and filed a legal description and petition with the Maricopa County Elections Department in its attempt to place a measure on the ballot, asking residents to decide whether they want to make the rural community a self-governed city or remain as unincorporated county land.

In an effort to stave off the encroaching urban sprawl and gain local control over growth, NRDHIC has worked for the 18-months researching the feasibility of creating a city in the rural area, which consists of unincorporated land located on the northern fringes of Maricopa County along the Interstate 17 and Carefree Highway near the master-planned community of Anthem.

The grassroots group is now one step closer to making its goal a reality.

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