PHOENIX — State Rep. David Cook, R-Globe, has introduced a bill that will help promote growth in Pinal County with existing water safeguards.

He said the bill will allow older existing planned developments, sometimes called “zombie subdivisions,” to be updated and modified to meet current building needs and to remain compliant with existing water planning safeguards.

“We need to continue moving Pinal County forward in a responsible way for growth while balancing our water availability for the future,” Cook said in a press release. “I am pleased with the proposed solutions that are being brought forth from the bi-partisan ad-hoc committee I chaired in the fall of 2019.

Rep. Bret Roberts, R-Maricopa, ran the same bill last year but it did not make it through due to the shortened session resulting from the COVID pandemic.

“I’m pleased to help see that it now receives full consideration,” Cook said.

Those who have cosigned HB 2239 include Rep. Gail Griffin, R-Mesa, and fellow Pinal County-area legislators, Rep. Frank Pratt, R-Casa Grande, Rep.), Mark Finchem, R-Oro Valley John Fillmore, R-Apache Junction, Jacqueline Parker, R-Mesa and Roberts.

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