The highest undeveloped lot on Camelback Mountain sits at a 52 percent slope. It is targeted for an almost 10,000-square-foot home, the largest ever constructed on Camelback Mountain. To access the proposed house, an approximately 600-foot-long roadway will cut deeply into the steep mountainside, forever scarring the iconic mountainside.
The proposed house and driveway sit in a boulder field at an elevation of 1,800 feet. If constructed, the boulders, some the size of small cabins, will be dynamited, forever disfiguring and destroying this treasured landmark.
This highest undeveloped lot is surrounded on 3 sides by land which was gifted many years ago to the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, so that Camelback Mountain, over 1,800 feet, would be protected.
In addition to this highest lot, private owners hold a few other undeveloped lots on Camelback Mountain. Some may be available for purchase and preservation. None of the others are at the precarious elevation of this highest lot.
And More Threats
Drainage & Floods: As older and smaller homes on Camelback Mountain age, if present trends persist, larger and larger houses will be built on the mountain. Homes and driveways interrupt and even block the natural channels for water to flow in rainstorms. Drainage is already a significant problem for residents who, because of development, are experiencing unprecedented flooding.
Personal Safety: Dynamiting boulder fields perched high above existing homes invites disaster. Rolling rocks can cause severe damage to people, homes, pets, wildlife, and everything in the path of a landslide.
Destroying iconic identity: Camelback Mountain “belongs” to everyone – residents and visitors. It is the single most iconic image of the Phoenix metropolitan area and is known worldwide. It is the silhouette that defines this place. If we ruin it, we lose it and a part of our identity.