Talk explains creation of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Former City Planner Don Hadder discusses the events, politics and economics that influenced mountain preservation decisions.

The free program – “Politics, Planning and Preservation: the Precursors of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve” – will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, at Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St.

Mr. Hadder’s talk begins with the city’s first General Plan and proceeds to the first attempt to update the plan with the Northeast Area Plan and the Hillside Ordinance.

The Hillside Ordinance was a key step toward community awareness of mountain and desert preservation.

Lastly, Mr. Hadder will describe the court case resulting in the Environmentally Sensitive Lands Ordinance and the catalysts that led to the creation of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

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