Thursday, March 12, 2015

Land Study May Mean New NE El Paso Neighborhoods in the Franklin Mountain Foothills

The foothills of the Franklin Mountains in Northeast El Paso could see more residential development in the coming years after the City Plan Commission approved a land study for the area. "Sierra del Puerte" includes about 175 acres of land just west of Magnetic Street.
The site plan for a new residential development in Northeast El Paso shows streets winding around arroyos and open space. (City of El Paso)

According to the land study, the developer plans to construct 319 residential units on 70 acres. The site plan shows residential streets winding through the development, with arroyos interspersed throughout.

Another 87.7 acres will be dedicated to open space, which includes the arroyos.
Hondo Pass Drive may be extended to provide access to a new neighborhood in the foothills of the Franklin Mountains. The Northeast El Paso development may be completed by 2019. (City of El Paso)

Access to the neighborhoods may come from an extended Hondo Pass Drive which currently ends just west of Magnetic. The extension will turn south and eventually connect to Edgar Park Drive. Zircon Drive, which currently contains a sizable gap, will connect its two halves and continue westward to the inner neighborhoods.

The development will be built in phases, with possible completion in 2019.

25 comments:

  1. Might as well develope all the way to the highest elevation of the Franklin mountains,we already have a huge crater down the other end with that fabulous stone quarry. Lets continue to move El Paso forward, I'm all for it,knock em all down.

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  2. By the shape of the individual land it appears these will be ordinary new homes in a premium location so Sq. footage is of high importance for maximum profit. To put in short 2 story homes that will stand out like a sore thumb, with the areas low profile mid Century look. I hope they consider the view of the current residents. Oh wait this is Oscar Lesser town all business now.

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  3. They should change the name from Franklin Mountains to El Paso Tax Assistance Association.

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  4. No. Look what they have done to the west side of town, we don't need new homes on the mountain. If it comes up for a vote I will be against it. This from the city who turned down two water park perposals in NE. But want to litter out mountain view with new homes.

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    1. OPEN space Advisory Board Mtg
      Wed,, Aug 5th
      City bldg. 3, 891 Texas Ave.
      Basement , Thorman Conference ctr.

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    2. OPEN space Advisory Board Mtg
      Wed,, Aug 5th
      City bldg. 3, 891 Texas Ave.
      Basement , Thorman Conference ctr.

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  5. No. Look what they have done to the west side of town, we don't need new homes on the mountain. If it comes up for a vote I will be against it. This from the city who turned down two water park perposals in NE. But want to litter out mountain view with new homes.

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  6. Does anyone know of any petitions out opposing the new development? Hoping it goes to vote. As a resident of the neighborhood I am concerned as the only reason we bought a house in the area was due to the proximity and view of the mountains, and the quiet established neighborhood. It would be extremely disappointing to have that taken away; I would probably move. I don't see the point in paying for a secluded mountain top view only to be crowded with neighbors and no more view years later; it's frustrating.

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    1. Come to the aooen Space advisory mtg
      Wed., Aug 5th, 3:00 p.m.
      City bdg 3, 801 Texas Ave.
      Basementt, Thorman Conference Rm.

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    2. Come to the aooen Space advisory mtg
      Wed., Aug 5th, 3:00 p.m.
      City bdg 3, 801 Texas Ave.
      Basementt, Thorman Conference Rm.

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  7. No! No! No! No more development on the sides of our mountains!
    What happened to the smart growth development in the NE Master Plan to build on the relative flat area east of Martin Luther King?
    The Sierra del Puente area CLEARLY has a storm water function. Why is it not preserved with the 10% of stormwater fees?
    This land has been on OSAB’s priority list for preservation. Why is it not preserved?
    CPC needs to inform all the neighbors. I was NOT informed, but certainly have comments!
    This is totally outrageous! Jody Todd is screaming from her grave!

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  8. Judy Ackerman, you’re absolutely correct, NO More development on the Mountains! Developers have already destroyed most of the West side of the mountain and we’ve allowed the rock quarry to decimate a good portion of the east side.
    We have and are continuing to crowd out the wild life. Remember this is the location of the Mountain Lion the city killed several years ago when it came in search of food. This is the last place the deer herds and these wild animals have left. The City should trade other land it owns to the developers to make their money and donate this last retreat for the wild life to the park.
    There are many dangers in that portion on the mountains, loose rocks from which once was a quarry, flash floods during our normal rainy season. During the 100 year rain Volkswagen size rocks were floating and pushed in the water runoff. Entire roads disappeared and 10-15 foot gullies remain. Who’s going to pay to for the infrastructure required to handle this runoff and the blasting and digging of solid rock to build the roads and lay the underground utilities? Who’s going to pay for the repair and reconstruction of these roads when the contractors do their normal half baked job and bribe the inspectors to let them get away with it and rains wash it away?
    If this development goes forward, the city council had better insist that the developer re-establish the site to the current condition, no dumps left behind, no rocks pushed off the sides and left, nothing like they allowed on the west side of town.
    I hope the Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition gets involved to save this area from the destruction these developers will be allowed to do.
    However, I’m afraid this will be all about money and who can be bought. People of El Paso watch this closely; you’ll see who is for this city and who’s for their own pocket.

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  9. To the contrary of what I had posted above, I mean I apologize if I offended anyone,but what I was really trying to get across is that they have ruined the Franklin Mountains. What ever became of the Franklin Mountain State Park,wasn't that park created to protect the mountains? why hasn't the city intervene to stop all this destruction of the mountains on both sides of it.
    Like a termites they have ruin such a distinctive geographic location that took millions of years for the earth to create,and just like that they want to develope more garbage.
    We don't see they happening with the Oregon Mountains in Las Cruces or the majestic Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque,but only in El Paso they do this type of destruction.I bet you that those responsible for destroying the mountains don't even live in El Paso,and to add insult to injury look what they've done across the border with the Juarez mountains, termites and taggers at work.

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  10. I meant to say, We don't see that happening with.....when I get angry I get mad and type the wrong words then post it then discover my mistake,I wish Amando would have where we could edit our mistakes.

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  11. I agree with Sara. I would hate not having the mountain view and the destruction of the beautiful mountain.

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  12. *****ALERT*****ALERT******ALERT******

    This move has the ability to transform the social and economic fabric of the NE. Broadening the tax base with higher income developments will significantly strengthen the distribution power needed to open up opportunities for businesses to invest in the NE.

    There is an economic reason why businesses are gravitating to the West/East side of town. How many Dollar Tree's, Big Lot's and Mc Donald's does the NE really need?

    My argument is a "Jeremy Bentham," approach; implying the greatest need for the greater good of the people. Furthermore, it is critical for the health and prosperity of the NE to elevate the importance of its long term solvency.

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  13. This is a great opportunity for the NE to promote positive growth. The proposed development is a creative strategy in developing a way to preserve the natural habitat while making the NE more attractive, economically stronger, and more socially diverse. Nature and smart caring humans can coexist- we have for centuries. However, let's do this smartly...

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  14. the land in question is the most beautiful and pristine in the Franklins, and I am including FMSP in that comparison. The unique topography and environment is not duplicated anywhere else; it is far wetter and more vegetated than the west side. Thousands of animals and birds live in those areas. All would die. It must be stopped at all costs. We have to think creatively, and not just say "no." The owner has a right to profit, we might need to come up with millions to buy it and then turn it over to the TPWD. It is an invaluable buffer between the city and FMSP.

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  15. the land in question is the most beautiful and pristine in the Franklins, and I am including FMSP in that comparison. The unique topography and environment is not duplicated anywhere else; it is far wetter and more vegetated than the west side. Thousands of animals and birds live in those areas. All would die. It must be stopped at all costs. We have to think creatively, and not just say "no." The owner has a right to profit, we might need to come up with millions to buy it and then turn it over to the TPWD. It is an invaluable buffer between the city and FMSP.

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    1. I agree Stephen, i was thinking just this today. Will you be atbthe mtg Wed?

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    2. I agree Stephen, i was thinking just this today. Will you be atbthe mtg Wed?

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  16. I think this is awesome. As long as it is done right I am all for it. I love my Mountain Park area and am looking forward to the new development.

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  17. Disgusting. Are there no other areas to develop in the northeast? Let's just go ahead and ruin it all. I grew up on Galena Drive...my parents still live there...and this road extention will go right in back of their home. Guess it's time to talk to them about selling.

    DISGUSTING.

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  18. Stacy Methvin, any meetings in 2016 we need to know about. I dont check this page that often so I missed your reply.

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