A decision on a potentially altering an equestrian trail in Northsight Park to accommodate adjacent residential development has been postponed until the Dec. 9 Scottsdale City Council meeting.
The 19-acre park sits on the northwest corner of Thunderbird Road and Loop 101. Development firm Calvis Wyant demolished the Pretty Penny Ranch commercial horse boarding facility -- on Northsight Park's western border -- this summer to make way for the planned Cavallo Estates subdivision, where they plan 11 houses on 1-acre lots.
A proposed deal calls for reducing the existing 20-foot-wide equestrian trail to 8 feet wide so the developer can build a privacy wall and plant some landscaping for several planned homes bordering the park. Scottsdale would get ownership of the eastern half of the easement in exchange, to preserve the southern vehicular access to the park.
Neighbors have said that reducing the trail's width means that if a horse becomes startled, there would be no room to turn it around, which could be dangerous to riders.