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Bright and early on a Saturday morning, north Scottsdale resident Howard Hintz and a handful of other people gathered at Thompson Peak Park.

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Tucked into an alcove of the AZ on the Rocks climbing facility, Lee Cates works on a ring-climb obstacle. He uses two small red rings and the momentum of his body to climb up and down the pegs of a wooden plank.

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After a contentious years-long battle over the future of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Scottsdale voters unequivocally threw their support behind Proposition 420, the city charter amendment giving them final say in new development on the site.

With the Nov. 6 election in the books, Scottsdale voters overwhelmingly supported Proposition 420 and the City Council candidates who took hard stances both for and against the citizen-driven initiative to reinforce protection of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve from development.