About Proposition 413

  • The 300 acres of city-owned land next to Buffalo Park and on McMillan Mesa is the last significant contiguous open space within Flagstaff city limits. Together with Buffalo Park, they are the heart and spirit of Flagstaff for so many people and should be preserved for the public to use and enjoy. Ensuring the city does not sell, develop or lease these lands will add to the quality of life for so many Flagstaff residents.
  • The taxpayers already own all of this land. The initiative doesn’t ask the voters to spend public money for land acquisition.
  • The measure does not ‘permanently’ protect the land. If the voters approve it, then in the future if the city council wants to sell/develop/lease the land, it must first ask the voters. (Under the Voter Protection Act, the council can only make changes that will further the purpose of the initiative but they cannot pass an ordinance that will contravene the intent without first asking the voters.)
  • Privately owned land on McMillan Mesa has been developed with Basis Flagstaff, Flagstaff Senior Meadows Apartments and Guardian Medical Transport. Bungalows on Pinecliff is building 24 rental cottages; Wellbrook is building a 34,500 square foot skilled nursing facility; Rehabillitation Hospital of Northern Arizona is applying for a building permit; and City Council has approved a rezoning that will allow up to 437 residential units.
  • People who live in different parts of the city care about the city owned lands that are the subject of this initiative as evidenced by the 4,000 voters who signed the petition in support of placing the question on the ballot for the voters.
  • As more and more development happens within the city limits, city land in the center of the city managed as park for the people to use and enjoy will become even more valuable.
  • The Flagstaff Urban Trail System (FUTS) and the Arizona Trail connect multiple Flagstaff neighborhoods to these city-owned lands. Let’s protect and formally connect these lands to Buffalo Park to create a “Greater Buffalo Park.”
  • In October 2013, four members of the city council supported selling 26-acres of open space at the north end of San Francisco Street and adjacent to Buffalo Park for development and backed off in the face of community opposition. By passing this initiative, the City Council will have to seek voter approval if, in the future, it wants to sell/develop/lease some or all of the 300 acres.
  • The measure does not in any way impair the ability of the city to donate ten acres for construction of a Veterans’ home on the land designated for such purpose in Flagstaff City Council Resolution No. 2015-16.
  • The measure does not include the undeveloped city land near the business incubator and business accelerator and the United States Geological Survey. (USGS) This land can still be developed for more research and development.