Environmentalists are 'doing nothing'


Note: This is a sidebar to a feature story headlined 'Desert sprawl.'

Bill Arnold is a real estate broker and former county planning and zoning commissioner.

"The environmental community doesn't want the desert destroyed, but what the hell do they do to promote infill? They're doing nothing. In May, we had a textbook case of infill -- a five-acre parcel zoned for very low density development on the southwest side of town. It was surrounded by land zoned for four houses to the acre. There was no environmentally sensitive land -- it was denuded.

"The owner was a little old lady who did not object to anyone around her getting rezonings. Now, it was her turn and the neighbors went nuts and killed it. We'd have one or two of these every couple of months."