Get the facts about Camelback home construction in Paradise Valley

Concerning the Camelback Mountain residential lot — 5507 E. San Miguel — it’s really unfortunate when politics and personal interests get in the way of facts.

Terry Scali

Terry Scali

The facts are the house planned for this lot has been carefully designed over the past three years with the consent of the 5505 E. San Miguel homeowner giving access through their gated driveway for architects, engineers and contractors to reach the lot.

Those professionals have worked diligently with the Town of Paradise Valley to minimize disturbance to the natural terrain, to water flows and to cuts in the hillside for the driveway and building site. The 8,735-square-foot home is similar to other newer homes along the mountain side.

And, the construction projects is subject to great scrutiny and standards to meet the Paradise Valley hillside requirements.

The 1960 easement to the lot has been shared by two lots for many years and it was successfully used as the roadway to construct each of these homes safely.

The easement currently extends 280 feet from the street up to 5505 E. San Miguel. The same angle of ascent up the existing and along the 1960 easement for an additional 390 feet is necessary to reach 5507 E. San Miguel within the hillside code.

Upon reaching the lot, Town of Paradise Valley setback and driveway slope requirements cause the driveway on the 5507 lot to be an additional 190 feet to the garage of the home.

Per the diagrams on file with the town, you can see these design elements, which all meet with the established hillside code. The lot contains many boulders as do many lots in the area.

The smaller boulders within the driveway and building pad will be relocated safely and either placed back on the property or removed — this is exactly what occurred when the homes at 5505 and 5511 E. San Miguel and many other hillside homes were constructed on Camelback. Several qualified excavation and grading contractors work in the town daily on hillside lots.

Safety is a paramount consideration in planning and executing any such hillside excavation and grading. The Town of Paradise Valley is diligent in its requirements for all hillside projects. One self-serving neighbor made a crusade and a public office campaign around this particular lot, which happens to be 250 feet uphill and thus above her lot.

She has made many untrue and exaggerated statements about this project. The facts are that this 5507 project will be completed safely, according to town codes, with a beautiful, new modern home.

We give a great deal of credit to the town staff for their diligence and work on this project thus far.

Editor’s note: Mr. Scali is manager of TMS Ventures and owns 5507 E. San Miguel in the Town of Paradise Valley

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