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Developer to reveal plans to safeguard Golden Valley

GOLDEN VALLEY - There are ways for Golden Valley to continue to grow from a rural community to an urban area without damaging the environment or darkening the night sky.

Triple L Management LLC, the developers of the coming Dorado master-planned community in Golden Valley, will host the second in a series of community-information sessions regarding sustainable community planning and "green" building.

Golden Valley residents are encouraged to attend the meeting from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday at KC's Restaurant at the junction of Aztec Road and Highway 68 in Golden Valley.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for free sandwiches and refreshments, followed by the presentation. Those who plan to attend should RSVP by calling 565-5670 to allow the organizers to arrange for enough food.

Special guest speaker Matt Ackerman is an architect and the founder and principal of Catalyst Architecture, and former president of the Arizona Chapter American Institute for Architects. He will address master planning for Dorado and beyond, relating to Golden Valley.

His presentation also will include density and diversity, Smart Growth new urbanism definitions; the importance of open space and recreational paths preservation; infrastructure opportunities and transportation corridors; energy and water conservation; and renewable wind and solar energy.

Discussing sustainable community planning will be these guest speakers:

• Chuck Burke, nationally known expert in high performance school design from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, discussing sustainable community planning;

• Ron Hubert, chairman of the Laughlin Ranch Sustainability Development Council and project director of the Sustainable Communities Program, Center for Sustainable Environments at Northern Arizona University, speaking on a case study for sustainable economic development in Coconino County;

• and Jim Stucky, formerly of the Apache Junction Economic Development, member of the Ecosa Institute's Board of Directors, and former president of Prescott College in Prescott.

For more information and topics or to RSVP for the session, contact series coordinator Melanie DeBo, founder of the Windy River Institute, at 565-5670.

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