Congressman Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.) announced last week that the House Resources Committee passed HR 1436 which removes land restrictions on property located in Winslow.
The bill will specifically allow the City of Winslow to better utilize property it obtained through the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The City was restricted to using the land only for public recreation purposes. The bill passed by the Committee will lift those restrictions allowing the property to be used to better serve the needs of the community. The measure will now be considered by the full House of Representatives.
"This legislation will provide a vital economic boost to the City of Winslow," said Renzi. "The bill's passage is an important first step in helping Winslow meet the needs of a growing community. The City of Winslow has been working with the National Park Service for a nearly a decade to find an adequate land exchange without success. I was concerned to see a simple process like this, get caught up in Washington's bureaucratic red tape. This is wonderful news for Winslow."
In 1979, the City of Winslow obtained 123 acres of land to develop into the Hospitality Golf Park. Despite the city's best efforts to increase the recreational benefit for the community, the project has been unsuccessful and has become an economic drain on the city's budget. This legislation will allow this property located in Winslow's prime commercial area to be developed and will provide an economic boost to the local economy.
Winslow Mayor Jim Boles said he was pleased to see the bill clear its first hurdle. "This is great news for our community," said Boles. "The City of Winslow is grateful to Congressman Renzi for his assistance and support on this vital issue to our area. With his continued assistance, we look forward to putting this land to work to further the interests of our city and community. We really appreciate his help."