The Battle of Queen Creek

Written by Tom Marcinko Category: Valley News Issue: March 2013

councilman Craig Barnes says he was “insulted” by a developer for questioning the general plan – but voted for the changes anyway. The vote has deeply polarized Queen Creek and revived the age-old progress vs. tradition debate. Proponents say the new zonings declare the town open for business, but many longtime residents feel outmaneuvered by leaders bent on creating a sprawling copy of Chandler and Mesa – and “all those other mistakes,” as one citizen complained at a city council meeting last November.