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Saving the dells: the AED Annexation

what you need to know
about the Aed annexation

In July 2021, over five years of community conservation efforts to save the Granite Dells came to fruition when the Arizona Eco Development (AED) Development Agreement (DA) & Annexation was passed with a 7-0 vote by the Prescott City Council. Hundreds to thousands of calls, letters, emails, rally attendees, and public comments reinforced the community's support for Save the Dells' demand: an equitable, future-minded deal that championed the conservation of the Granite Dells through the preservation of its core acreage in the Point of Rocks area.


In accordance with the DA terms, a total of 474 acres of prime Granite Dells land was transferred into public ownership as natural open space (NOS) in August 2021.

What's Next?

Save the Dells continues to monitor the Development Agreement and annexation process to ensure that it unfolds in a manner that respects the integrity of the agreement and the greater public interest. 

In collaboration with our nonprofit partners at the Granite Dells Preservation Foundation, we continue to support community, municipal, and regional efforts to take things a step further by permanently protecting the Dells as a regional park & preserve for the enjoyment of residents, visitors, and wildlife for generations to come.

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unrestrained growth is the
major threat to
the granite dells

Growth is inevitable, and it supports our standard of living. 


But it need not be at the cost of quality of life. Major developments are closing in on the Granite Dells.


We cannot let these plans compromise the decades-long vision to protect the Dells as Prescott’s premier public park & preserve.

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