Re: “Voters to decide future of Northwest El Paso land” by David Crowder, April 21-27, 2019 page 1A:
The election on May 4 isn’t about saving Lost Dog Trail, but about the possibility of enhancing it and other trails so that more people can enjoy them. While visiting El Paso recently, Joni Carswell, executive director of Laura Bush’s Texan by Nature, shared with me outstanding projects where mountain bikers enjoy extraordinary wilderness trails, unaware of development and its amenities close by. Texas Parks and Wildlife offers expertise to make this “both-and” scenario successful.
Perhaps instead of trying to protect our natural resources from human use (environmentalist approach), we might consider our environment a gift to be used for living and prospering, with a correlating obligation to care for it (conservationist approach). This is possible with balanced and sustainable growth, integrating development and open spaces harmoniously.
Working with those who provide water, electricity, sewage and other services, instead of forcing them to “leap-frog” development resulting in added expense and tax increases, is the visionary thing for El Pasoans to do.
El Paso first lady
I would like to share information concerning Proposition A. In deciding to develop or leave the Northwest land in its natural state, the following should be taken into account.
El Paso Water has conveyed a total of 11,075 acres to Franklin Mountains State Park, which has helped make it the biggest urban park in the nation.
In the Northwest Regulating Plan, 1,532.6 acres of a 2,533.59-acre parcel was deeded to the state park. Of the remaining 1000.98 acres, 751.0 acres is developable and the remainder has to be kept as open space.
So of the original parcel, 70 percent will be conveyed to the state park or open space, leaving 751 acres to develop. This is a huge reduction from the original 2,533.58 acres.
Much has been said about the Lost Dog Trail. El Paso Water has a lease with the mountain bike association dated 2012, which specifies that the trailhead is temporary and will be moved at the time of construction.
It was never the intention to remove access to the trail. The trailhead will be relocated and revamped.
To develop the land as per current zoning and codes vote “No” on Proposition A.