Town Council hopefuls explain potential impacts of new Paradise Valley resort

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The Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley hotel is reportedly nearing completion, with an expected
opening date of late 2022 or early 2023. Town residents have been watching this project slowly
sprout for years. What kind of impact will the new resort have on the town’s funds?
Like many Paradise Valley residents, I am eager for the completion of the Ritz-Carlton project
and looking forward to enjoying its amenities and the luxury experience and income it will
provide to Paradise Valley and its residents.
As a Realtor, I have already walked clients through the offerings and explored the lifestyle.
There is a demand for this product. However, I was not intricately involved in the long
development process and eventual town approval, so I cannot speak to the specifics of the
economic plan or impact report provided during the Ritz review process.
From what I have come to understand from similar development projects like Mountain
Shadows, the site of the Ritz-Carlton hotel has never been developed. This means Paradise
Valley will receive another source of revenue through its operations, a resort bringing new
tourism and luxury resort experience to Paradise Valley that will draw further interest in our
community.
It’s important to keep in mind that the town has not thrived on funds from the hospitality
industry alone. All development projects should aim to provide the community with a benefit
that goes beyond revenue, and is respectful and thoughtful of its surroundings.
Like every proposed development project that is looking to come into our town, it should be
thoughtful, responsible, align with the character and aesthetic of our town’s unique character,
and enhance, not hinder, our residents’ quality of life.
Over the next year, several new development projects are being brought before the Town
Council for approval. That is why it is so important to look at projects like Sanctuary, Mountain
Shadows and the Ritz-Carlton as references.
Development projects that incorporate the best elements of Paradise Valley and provide an
additional lift in revenue and help grow city reserves are wonderful, but they should align with
our town’s quality of life, not just rubber stamp the “fastest and quickest” project as “another
boost of income.”
As your Town Council member, I will work tirelessly to maintain our high quality of life by
ensuring Town Hall is listening to and engaging with our community.