SouthBridge Two: Scottsdale City Council approves mixed-use project

By Melissa Rosequist | Daily Independent In a split 4-3 Scottsdale City Council vote, Spring Creek Development’s polarizing project known as SouthBridge Two has been approved to redevelop a swath of Old Town real estate. The council’s vote came during its Dec. 4 meeting at City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., with a number community members attending to give their perspective …

For decades, groundwater beneath Arizona’s big cities has been spared. That’s about to change

Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Fondomonte By Rob O’Dell, and Ian James | Arizona Republic While groundwater is rapidly falling in rural farming communities across Arizona, Phoenix, Tucson and other cities haven’t reached that desperate situation.  That’s because in the urban areas of the state — where there are rules limiting groundwater pumping — underground water levels have stabilized or risen in many areas …

These 7 industrial farm operations are draining Arizona’s aquifers, and no one knows exactly how much they’re taking

Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Fondomonte By Rob O’Dell, and Ian James | Arizona Republic The last time Regina Cobb traveled east of the Kingman airport toward the Peacock Mountains, the area was mostly unspoiled desert where cattle grazed on the sparse Mojave Desert vegetation.  She had driven up the dusty rural road to store a bighorn sheep she killed on a hunt.  …

Megafarms and deeper wells are draining the water beneath rural Arizona – quietly, irreversibly

Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Fondomonte By Ian James, and Rob O’Dell | Arizona Republic Vast expanses of lush green fields are multiplying in the Arizona desert, forming agricultural empires nourished with billions of gallons of groundwater in the otherwise parched landscape.  Arizona’s groundwater levels are plummeting in many areas. The problem is especially severe in unregulated rural areas where there …

SE Mesa area could generate 240K jobs

Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Hawes Crossing By Jim Walsh | East Valley Tribune An east Mesa city councilman last week criticized a consultant’s report on the future of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, arguing it “would be a recipe for disaster’’ to allow housing in the flight path along Elliot Road. Councilman Kevin Thompson’s comments came after a consultant outlined the …

Pinal County has plenty of water for the next 100 years. We just need to prioritize demand

Opinion: An alarming prediction about Pinal County facing a water shortage is a myth that’s based on outdated assumptions and incomplete data. By Jordan Rose and Tom Galvin, opinion contributors | azcentral Mark Twain once wrote of his difficulty with math by ascribing a quote about the flexible power of numbers to British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, “There are three …