Rio Salado Development District Established

January 1, 1980

Conceived by two members of Valley Forward Association, Bill Schlutz and Dennis Davis.  Patterned after the San Diego Development Authority to do Mission Bay, they drafted a bill for the Arizona Legislature.  Schlutz and other Valley Forward Association members presented a Bill to the State Legislature that was passed in the final hour of the session.  It defined the Rio Salado Development District to include the 100 year flood plain and adjoining lands that run through Phoenix, Tempe