Guest Editorial: Peace Has Been Restored

By Scottsdale Pinetop

Photo by The Ritz-Carlton Residences Paradise Valley, The Palmeraie

Peace offerings can be a powerful and resourceful political instrument in the international toolbox when helping to bring peace to fractured parts of the world. Just look at the historic 1979 Camp David Accords between Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, with the assist of President Jimmy Carter, that ended the 30-year state of war between the Middle East neighbors.

It can be just as powerful on the local level as well. Earlier this month in an out-of-court settlement, Five Star Development and the Town of Paradise Valley resolved its several yearlong legal disputes involving the Ritz-Carlton luxury master-planned development. A sigh of relief for all parties involved and for the town’s residents.

The rancorous and litigious relationship between the Ritz-Carlton project and the Town of Paradise Valley has long been a painful thorn in the sides of both parties for several years. To be fair, no side has been 100% right in the bickering. But it’s finally time to put the in-fighting to bed.

The success of the Ritz-Carlton and hundreds of its new neighbors is an important component in the future success of Paradise Valley, both financially and experientially. The project includes the first in the nation Fendi Residences, designed by the internationally acclaimed architect who designed the brand’s headquarters in Rome, providing a new level of prestige and sophistication to both Paradise Valley and neighboring Scottsdale communities. But perhaps the most important addition will be the hundreds of new voters moving into the community well in advance of next year’s town elections.

With just a few remaining “i’s” to dot and “t’s” to cross, the future of the Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley Resort Community can finally see light at the end of the tunnel. The finals steps include the intergovernmental agreement between Scottsdale and Paradise Valley regarding The Palmeraie, jurisdictional boundaries and operational improvements.

The Paradise Valley Town Council will consider the agreement during tonight’s final town meeting with the Scottsdale City council to vote on the same agreement on July 2nd.

One thing that many can agree on is that the road to success has not been easily navigated. But like any great new achievement, it’s worth fighting for. It’s time to move forward with a renewed sense of alignment and compromise and finally bring one of the most ambitious and luxurious master-planned communities to life. And to finally bring peace to a long-divided community.