Zeke R. 
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Re: “Development Dilemma

TK: Oh, please. Ms. Matthews, is that you? Or an operative? Your words seem awfully scripted.

The Bike Ranch developers are the last people who should be allowed to develop in an ecologically sensitive area like the Buffer Zone. They have been disingenuous from the start - the community has NEVER been given a clear and honest accounting for what they plan to do with their property. Did you know that at a community meeting in September, it was dragged out of Mr. Johnson that the whole resort may have to have an OPEN-AIR CESSPOOL in order to deal with the sewage? You see, most residences in the Buffer Zone - including the vintage rental houses on the resort property - are all on septic tanks. You cannot put a full-scale resort on septic. When it became clear in the developer's September presentation that they were conveniently avoiding the issue of their sewage, the crowd finally got Johnson to admit that they are considering an OPEN-AIR CESSPOOL as a solution. Nice, right? The smell of sewage greeting neighbors and visitors alike at the entrance of Saguaro National Park East? This is environmentally sensitive development?

Of course, Matthews has tried to back-pedal this statement ever since. But it was from her own PAID CONSULTANT. This is just one example of many where Matthews & Co have said something only to try to take it back. These developers cannot be trusted.

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Posted by Zeke R. on 11/13/2014 at 6:54 PM

Re: “Development Dilemma

TK: What you fail to understand is that if this resort gets approved, the whole area protecting Saguaro National Park East (the Buffer Overlay Zone) will be undermined and MUCH more commercial development will spread within its borders. The Board of Supervisors will not be able to pick and choose who develops in the area - developers will lawyer up and sue for their "right" to bring commercial development into this critical ecological area. Just because Matthews and Lasher's resort may be environmentally sensitive (as they claim), NO WAY does that guarantee other developers will be the same. Allowing the resort into the Buffer Zone is letting the development genie out of the bottle - once it's out, we'll never get it back in. Let Matthews and Lasher find another, more environmentally respectful location for their resort and leave Saguaro National Park East protected for future generations.

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Posted by Zeke R. on 11/13/2014 at 11:03 AM

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