Propositions will improve Cottonwood planning

Cottonwood Propositions 401 and 402 ask the voters to approve the Groseta Ranch Master Plan and Re-Zoning, which has already been approved and endorsed by the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Cottonwood City Council, and the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce.

It is the culmination of thoughtful planning, community input, and local teamwork.

Working with the Arizona Department of Transportation and the City of Cottonwood, the Groseta Ranch Master Plan has developed ways to improve traffic and safety in the area. With the realignment of Black Hills Drive, the creation of new traffic signals, and the establishment of a local right of way for the residents of Verde Heights, this development creates controlled highway access, eliminating extensive curb cuts and providing safe access. Cottonwood 401 and 402 improve traffic and safety for the surrounding neighborhoods.

By re-zoning and planning this property, over $9 million in sales tax will be generated. The new zoning for planned unit development, commercial and residential, gives Cottonwood the opportunity to use their portion of sales tax to fund police and fire programs, maintenance of city parks, and community entities. Cottonwood 401 and 402 have the tools necessary to help lead the City towards economic prosperity.

The Groseta Ranch Master Plan is an in-fill development that will provide a natural extension of downtown. The unique combination of retail, business and multi-residential space provides Cottonwood with a high-quality development that makes the best use of the space that is already available in town.

The development is well planned and a definite shift away from the strip developments of the past. In addition to creating shopping destinations, it will create good-quality jobs for the community.

I urge everyone to Vote YES on Cottonwood 401 and 402 on the Sept. 10 ballot. The Groseta Ranch Master Plan and Re-zoning will improve local traffic and safety, provide over $9 million in sales tax revenues, and create high-quality retail, business and multi-residential developments.

P. Andrew Groseta is a resident of Cottonwood.

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