Proposed 741-acre resort in Cottonwood lacks water

(Image courtesy of the city of Cottonwood)

By Mikayla Blair | Red Rock News

A developer is looking to build a resort-style commu­nity complete with large waterways and other enter­tainment amenities on a 741- acre parcel in Cottonwood.

The Cottonwood City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission heard a presentation for the proposed project at a joint special session Sept. 14, during which they were asked to provide feedback and direction.

Bruce Barrett, a developer for Chromatic Resorts out of Utah, is looking at a parcel of Arizona State Trust land off of State Route 260 near Camino Real, around 741 acres of which lies within Cottonwood city limits.

“We’re very interested in Sedona and Cottonwood,” Barrett said. “The area is stunning, the Verde Valley tourism is exceptional, very charming, the historic down­town streets in Jerome and Cottonwood and such. What we feel is we have an ability to put something in here that would be profitable for us, clearly, but also incredibly beneficial for the greater Verde Valley area.”

The proposal involves working with the Arizona State Land Department to divide the land up into parcels and auction them off over time. Instead of seeing the land developed as simple neighborhoods, Barrett would like to use the area to build a resort-style village consisting of manmade water recreation areas and residences.


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