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Longtime Lakes resident with ties to developer explains farm plan | Ahwatukee Farms

Longtime Lakes resident with ties to developer explains farm plan

August 4, 2016
Ahwatukee Foothills News
Quentin Thornton, AFN Guest Contributor

A community is more than simply the geographic area filled with dwellings; it tells the story of the history of a neighborhood, the tight bond between its residents, and the belief that working together is the best path to face challenges. I’ve been proud to call the Ahwatukee Foothills my home for more than 20 years because I value our unique makeup and our commitment to nurturing a true sense of community.

The True Life Companies, my employer, truly understands what community means and has focused on building bright, exciting communities throughout Arizona. After purchasing the property formerly known as the Lakes golf course, we have worked tirelessly to put together a vision that respects the history of the Ahwatukee Foothills while building a sustainable path to the future.

It is with this commitment to nurturing a new community that we proudly present to you Ahwatukee Farms, our vision for the newest neighborhood in the Ahwatukee Foothills.

Anchored by the new campus for the Desert Garden Montessori School (DGM) and community-supported agriculture, Ahwatukee Farms will serve as a cornerstone for the future and become the new standard for community living in Arizona.

Our community-supported agriculture is a nod to the farming history of the Ahwatukee Foothills, where a Farmer’s Market and café will bring people together to enjoy farm-to-table food and pursue a healthier lifestyle. Children at the new DGM campus will be able to put their hands in the soil as part of their curriculum and learn about farming in the field instead of from a classroom textbook.  

An extensive biking and trail system will serve as the pathway for residents and neighbors to visit sparkling lakes and explore the new community, leading to beautiful boulevards lined with thoughtfully crafted single-family homes.

We believe in the vision of Ahwatukee Farms and are ready to earn your support, which is the first step in making this community a reality.

The future of the property has understandably been a topic of great discussion, which has driven us to create a vision that benefits all of the Ahwatukee Foothills. It is our intention to earn the support of the community through a transparent effort that promotes this vision and protects the integrity of the surrounding community.

After many studies and discussions, we know that a golf course is no longer a viable answer for the property. If it were, a golf course management company would have already purchased the property. We cannot let past mistakes dictate the potential of its future.

We will be asking the community to join this discussion.  We hope they will share our vision and rally behind the community-supported agriculture component.

From a practical perspective, this support will include asking residents to sign a consent form to amend the Ahwatukee Board of Management (ABM) CC&Rs so we can take the first step in building what could be the future of our property.

We know this is a big step and one we do not ask lightly.  It is our commitment to protect open space, keep lakes for flood-control purposes, and only build single-family homes at a lower density than any surrounding neighborhood.

In the coming weeks, there will be representatives in the ABM neighborhoods meeting with residents, sharing the exciting news, and asking for your signature to look forward to the future instead of being held up in the past.   

I am proud to live here and I am committed to preserving this unique community and what makes it special.  We believe that Ahwatukee Farms is the right path forward for this community and for our future generations.  Ahwatukee Foothills isn’t just a place on a map; it is a community that represents the best of Arizona.

We must honor the past, but it is time to start a new chapter – one that will mean a sustainable future.  We encourage you to visit our website,, to learn more about the vision, ask questions, and be a part of this dialogue.


Quentin Thornton is project manager/Arizona for True Life Companies.

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