Sunday, June 2, 2013

PV’s Mountain Shadows moves step closer to redevelopment

There will be no referendum opposing Paradise Valley’s approval of redeveloping the long-shuttered Mountain Shadows resort.

It has been more than 30 days since the Town Council approved several documents inducing the special-use permits and development agreements, clearing the path toward the property’s revitalization.

Town Attorney Andrew Miller said the deadline to file a referendum petition was this past Monday.

Mayor Scott LeMarr said a failed referendum opposing a special-use permit approved by the council five years ago to build a Ritz-Carlton might have dissuaded residents this time around.

The development of the Ritz-Carlton has since stalled.

“I'm not surprised that no referendum materialized because past history demonstrates that it would be a costly campaign that would fail,” he said.

Agreements between the town and owners MTS Land LLC and MTS Golf LLC include plans to bring at least a 100-room boutique resort to the 68-acre property, and to retain its golf course and driving range, which have remained open.

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