Take part in Transmountain planning, group urges

Rio Grande Digital

The Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition is urging people to help protect the  scenic corridor on the west side of the Franklin Mountains by attending planning events and giving input.

“These public meetings (charrettes) will be an important opportunity, perhaps one of the only opportunities, to make sure that the scenic qualities of the west side corridor of Loop 375 are preserved,” Scott Cutler, president of the Wilderness Coalition, told the groups members and supporters in an e-mail. “The stronger the participation by those favoring protecting this valuable scenic asset the greater the likelihood it will become part of the new master plan.”

El Paso city Rep. Susie Byrd said the sessions present “a great opportunity to weigh in on how and where we want development leading up into the Texas State Park.”

“Help protect the Transmountain Scenic Corridor by participating in planning the 1,800 acres of land owned by the City of El Paso that is adjacent to the Texas State Park and straddles Transmountain Road,” Byrd said in the e-mail.

Northwest Masterplan Planning Sessions:

  • Hands-On Session: 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the Canutillo High School Auditorium, 6675 S. Desert Boulevard.
  • Northwest Masterplan Work in Progress: 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Canutillo High School Auditorium.
  • Design Studio: (Open to the Public): 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 23 to Friday, Jan. 27, 7965 Artcraft Road

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