Waterfront development in West Valley?

Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Carefree Partners

By Jen Fifield | Arizona Republic

Scottsdale used a canal as its starting point to create Scottsdale Waterfront, a high-end area with shopping, restaurants and hotels.

Tempe used man-made Tempe Town Lake to create a new business and recreation hub.

Buckeye and other Southwest Valley cities hope to capitalize on the Gila River, for recreation and to spur development.

Even when lacking natural waterways, Phoenix area cities have found ways to create the desired downtown waterfront experience.

Surprise hopes to be next.