Brachfeld: Cheney Estates HOA in full support of Jarvis development

Every neighborhood has issues from time to time.

Mark Brachfeld

Mark Brachfeld

However, for the past many years we have been faced with numerous, undesirable development proposals for the acreage north of Cheney Estates that would have negatively impacted the quality of life for our residents.

These proposals included for-profit nursing homes as well as hotels. Each time, our homeowners have had to rally to defeat the proposed developments or convince those that came calling for our support that they were in for a fight.

With federal and state laws allowing group homes and schools to build basically anyplace they desire, our concern for finally resolving what goes on the four-and-a-half-acre property along Scottsdale Road — commonly known as the “Jarvis” parcel — has never been greater.

This is why we were pleased when one of our own residents, tired of battling the known and unknown, came up with what we believe to be a viable solution. Geoff Edmunds and Rod Cullum are both renowned Arizona homebuilders. They both live in Paradise Valley and have done great work for our town.

They are now partnering on a plan that has gained our backing because it involves only eight, single-story, single family homes for the property.

Our Cheney Estates HOA Board of Directors is enthusiastically backing this plan. So, apparently is the Camelback Inn, on whose golf course the project would be located adjacent to. Developing this site also holds the potential for resolving key flood control issues for other homeowners in the area. The property is located just north and west of the Scottsdale Road bridge across from McCormick Ranch, a significant flood plain.

There are some Paradise Valley residents who say that in a town known for one home per acre, this proposed development is inappropriate. We strongly disagree. This oddly shaped parcel — a triangle right on Scottsdale Road — will never be developed with three to four homes. It is not economically feasible. Consequently, that leaves the door open to those uses allowed by federal and state law cited above. If we were to see any of the approved federal uses or commercial development on the site, it would be far more impactful and far worse for our community and the town.

Furthermore, this is the only parcel in the town that is not accessed by any Paradise Valley roads. Scottsdale Road serves as the only access points to the property. In approving this development, no precedent would be set. Precedent, by its very nature means others could follow. In this case, due to the access points, it is impossible for others to follow.

For all of these reasons we hope the town will stand by our many homeowners who are hopeful of finally resolving this issue.

Editor’s note: Mr. Brachfeld is the Cheney Estates HOA president

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