El Paso Group Endorses Franklin Mountains Conservation Petition Calling for Saving Land on Both Sides of the Franklin Mountains

Map of City Owned Land Included in Petition

The Sierra Club El Paso Group has endorsed the Franklin Mountains Conservation Petition calling for Saving land on both sides of the Franklin Mountains. The petition asks the El Paso City Council to pass the following ordinance:

The City of El Paso shall preserve, in its natural state and in perpetuity, all of the undeveloped land owned by the City of El Paso (including that controlled and managed by the PSB) on the western side of the Franklin Mountains that is north of Transmountain, east of the EPNG Pipeline Road and south of the New Mexico/El Paso boundary; and shall also preserve, in its natural state and in perpetuity, all of the undeveloped land owned by the City of El Paso (including that controlled and managed by the PSB) on the eastern side of the Franklin Mountains that is north of Transmountain, west of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and south of the New Mexico/El Paso boundary. The City shall take all steps necessary to preserve all of this land and to prevent it from being developed with either private development or major public roadways.

Based on the total number of voters in the last city election (May 2013), a minimum of 2,310 signatures are required for the petition to be validated and taken up by City Council. Any person who is a registered voter in the City (not just the County) of El Paso may sign the petition. If City Council fails to pass the initiative as an ordinance, citizens may circulate and sign the same petition and, if validated, that petition must be put on the ballot of the next city election for approval by the voters of the City of El Paso, Texas.

Petitioners believe that preserving the land will alleviate the heavy tax burden placed on all El Pasoans because of sprawl. Rather than paying for itself, unchecked sprawl increases city and school district expenses. Preserving land will also help El Paso conserve its most precious resource: water. Preserving land will require El Paso to use smarter ways to develop - ways that will decrease our travel and energy expenses and improve our health and our neighborhoods.

Start collecting signatures or sign the petition at locations listed here: Petition Locations in El Paso can be found at http://elpasonaturally.blogspot.com/p/2013-initiative-petition.html.

If you would like to help El Paso become a healthier, happier place to live by gathering signatures, please contact Jim Tolbert at diegotolbert@gmail.com or 915-525-7364. Copies of the petition, instructions, talking points etc. are posted at http://www.franklinmountains.org.