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Prescott OKs Walden Ranch Project

The map depicts Walden Ranch, shown in pink, near the intersection of highways 89 and 89A and near the Phippen Museum. A planned roundabout will be located on Highway 89 near the museum. Courtesy of City of Prescott

By Cindy Barks for The Daily Courier

In four consecutive unanimous votes, the Prescott City Council approved a residential project this week that will bring 215 home lots to northeast Prescott.

Walden Ranch, a project encompassing 227 acres east of the Phippen Museum and south of Highway 89A, got approval on Tuesday, June 21, for its rezoning, development agreement, water service agreement, and preliminary plat.

The rezoning changes the land-use from the previous mixed-use designation to low-medium density residential. Lot sizes are expected to range from 6,600SF to nearly 12KSF.

Under the city’s Planned Area Development (PAD), the project will set aside about 85 acres of the parcel as open space, which developer Jim Chamberlain said would be for the use of the homeowners within the subdivision.

The project also will include a trail system, which would, among other things, connect the Constellation Trail (located across Highway 89 from the Phippen Museum) with the Peavine Trail to the east.

A long-time developer in Prescott, Chamberlain told the council his past subdivisions have included Southview, Cathedral Pines, Eagle Ridge, The Crossings, Granite Park Ranch, and The Foothills.

Dorn Homes Executive Vice President and CFO Ellen Carpenter said the subdivision would be a “hike, bike, garden” community, which would also be pet-friendly, with its own dog park.

Chamberlain said developers plan to pay their “fair share” for the roundabout, and the development agreement calls for a “pro-rata share” based upon a future traffic study.

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