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I strongly oppose this type of development. The Town of Marana's vision statement reads: "Marana is the centerpiece of the Sonoran Desert, where fun and progress meet."
What will be left of the Sonoran Desert if the developers are not held to the same 70% open space rules we as homeowners have had to adhere to?
My father and I have owned and lived on our property since 1951 and my adult children are inheriting this beautiful piece of land. In 1957, Trico & a telephone 20 party party line made us feel like city folk. There have been many changes over the years, some good, some not so good. Up until the late 60's, "Open Range" cattle roamed the area and deer drank from our pool. Much of the uniqueness of the area has vanished. Only 11 residents lived in this area that was a rabbit, dove and quail hunter’s heaven. There are many more homes now, but this area has grown in a responsible low density rural residential way.
I am not against people moving into the area, but to put a high density "city" development in the middle of multi-acre residence properties (2, 3.3, 5 acre, etc), makes the Town of Marana look more abstract and unplanned than the "Wildcat " (better planned) developing that has already taken place in the area. City folk who will be moving in will complain about the aroma and noises from animals and the desert “nuisances” they are not used to. The current residents know how to deal with snakes, javelinas, etc. THIS IS NOT THE CITY that they are accustomed to!!! Please Marana and Pima County, I beg both of you, be responsible and reasonable about your density transitions. Keep this corridor of Marana, and Pima County, the beautiful unique area it is. I urge you to be responsible when planning not only these 3 developments (Camino Vaquero, Twin Peaks 145 and Twin Peaks Oasis), but future ones as they come up in this area. KEEP THE DENSITY LOW!!!
I agree with dlee and the other posts. Driving by the Oasis Hills project on Twin Peaks and Oasis sickens me. It is a foretaste of what our beautiful desert area is becoming ... one high density development after another: the oasis annexation/rezoning, Camino de Manana 145, Camino de Manana/ Camino de Oeste, Twin Peaks and Decker to Cmn de Manana. We have already lost so much wildlife and desert vegetation with the building of Twin Peaks Road. Lets preserve what beauty remains, including our open spaces. We moved out of Oro Valley from our 6000 sq ft lot with no privacy (the size they are proposing for the "145"), out to our dream home on an acre with 180 degree views of the gorgeous desert and mountains unobstructed by 2 story homes. Camino de Manana has become so busy with all the traffic from Tangerine to Twin Peaks. It's in poor condition, dangerous and littered. There was a dead coyote on the road just this week. I don't feel safe letting my kid ride his bike on that road. These developments with increased population density bringing more cars and traffic,will only worsen these conditions Our quality of life and property value and security are all being compromised.
I have been a resident and homeowner in this area for the past 18 years and have strived to be a responsible steward of the desert and all of its important natural and cultural resources. The tract of land proposed for annexation and likely rezoning was classified as high priority habitat in the regional Sonoran Desert Habitat Conservation Plan and its current Suburban Ranch zoning classification should be retained. Pima County's Conservation Lands System would require that 70 - 80 % of the land here be retained in a natural open space condition when it is developed. I expect that leaders of the Town of Marana understand the significance of retaining the integrity of this neighborhood and the valuable resources on this property by not supporting annexation for the purposes of rezoning the tract for high density residential use. There are many other tracts of land in Marana that have already been cleared for other uses and would afford a more desirable alternative for an intensive type of development. Listen to your conscience and make a decision that your children and grandchildren will thank you for.
The section of Twin Peaks Rd from Tangerine to I-10 may well be the most scenic roadway in all of Marana. It would be very shortsighted and tragic to rezone this area and consequently destroy this beautiful little piece of the Sonoran Desert, with its wonderful backdrop of mountains in every single direction, in the name of "progress" or in the name of some incomprehensible "vision" that is being touted by the city officials of Marana, including those that will someday stand for reelection! This stretch of road currently adds a little bit of enjoyment and pleasure to the days of many who live here and drive it on a regular basis. Moreover, it must surely also add to the enjoyable experiences of many winter visitors and contribute to the likelihood of their return, thereby providing a positive impact to the local economy that, sadly, doesn't show up on any of Marana's spreadsheets.
Town of Marana there has been a great showing of support first not to annex an second an most important to not change zoning and keep it as it was meant to be 3.3 acre lots forever.These changes will hurt so many people who have invested their life savings and sweat into 3.3 acre properties an custom homes an ranches. We all bought and built here on oasis rd. an paid land premiums because we knew Oasis rd. was zoned ranch 3.3 acre lots.To think that you have the power to over ride this area zoning an hurt an destroy our American dreams is scary. It is a atrocity and UN American as you can possibly be.If you read this Mayor an Council please realize how many lives not a few but plenty your going to affect .Is this land that important to you I really don't think so Thank You
Like so many other people, my Wife and I worked and saved our entire life for our retirement dream home. This home is on 3.3 acres, with privacy, a place for our children and grand children to visit, a place we can raise horses with a beautiful view of wild desert land. One of the primary reasons for choosing this area was the fact that it was zoned single family with minimum 3.3 acre parcels. We invested our life savings so we could live out our days in the style of living we always dreamed of.
Now, it is being taken away from us, by people intent on making money while others loose money in property value and even more important, loose the very thing they worked and dreamed for all their life; a beautiful desert view with space to breathe.
This proposal to circumvent the 3.3 acre single family zoning into much smaller parcels will not only reduce our property values, but it will take away the desert views we now have and replace it with houses jammed together on small lots, wall to wall roof tops visible over some type of wall. With the losses, we will then have to suffer with increased noise, traffic, crime, trash and all the other things that prompted us to move to this remote area in the first place.
While the developer will make money and the township may see an increase in tax revenue, it will be at a loss to the present people who own the 3.3 acre parcels. It doesn’t seem the least bit fair to people who bought into a single family 3.3 acre zone to be able to make this change. We will still have to make the payments on our property even though the price we paid for it will now drastically be reduced.
Wouldn’t it make more sense to make a gradual transition from 3.3 acre parcels down to 1.5 acre parcels adjacent to the present 3.3 acre. This would help preserve the view and would minimize the loss in property values.More dense population could be located North on Twin Peaks Road towards Dove Mountain.
Progress is important, but not at the expense of people that have invested a lifetime in property they thought would remain zoned as single family 3.3 acre plots. With all the land available, there should be some way to minimize the impact on present owners, minimize impact on the wild desert and still provide revenue for the Townships and the builders.
I want to echo all of the comments do far. They are right on target!
A huge concern is that Marana may be fueling a lottery mentality among the developers with the promise of higher than appropriate or justifiable densities.
The "un-approved" Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) that Marana is looking to indicates a density of 0.5 residences per acre (RAC) to 2.0 RAC. In true developer form they subscribe to not only the maximum allowed but beyond it. Per The Planning Center in our Neighborhood meeting they typically expect 1 to 2 steps denser than is allowed as "normal" practice. So they proceeded to request more than 2.5 residences per acre at Twin Peaks and Oasis. What is wrong with 0.5 RAC?
This is adding insult to injury and has probably caused some of the outcry about this proposal. The town council also noticed this.
Currently there are three known projects pushing the limit along Twin Peaks.
Twin Peaks 145 - RezoningCamino Vaquero - RezoningTwin Peaks and Oasis - Annexation
And I have indications of more developers sniffing around the edges!
All of these proposed developments push the 2.0 RAC and incorporate the 6000 square foot lots.
This style does not fit the area and is totally inappropriate!
I own 8.8 acres and object to this development plan. I don't appreciate the fact that two story homes will diminish my views, that traffic will increase along with crime, trespassers and a general loss of privacy that makes this quiet sanctuary what it is. Developers work to make profits and they leave once the cactus are torn out, the animals killed and the existing residents are forever impacted. We don't need this development or annexation here. Since 1973 I have been able to enjoy this part of the desert and what has occurred during this time has altered it so much that further development will totally ruin it. Enough is enough. The steps of annexation and zoning are in fact related because the developer has a single objective in mind. This development idea needs to be denied.
Hey Sierra club member, I like the way your mind works. Let's hope the Mayor and Council members are reading these comments.
I have lived in the Tucson and Marana area most of my life. I have been at this location for almost 30 years. To think that so many home will be built in that small of a space is to ruin the beautiful desert that most of us believe should leave some space for our wild life. The traffic in this area is already getting out of hand and to bring in that many more people will make it awful. We live in a area with very little crime and with the influx of so many will come the city crime,that most of us spent a great deal of money and time to get away.Already there is very little plant life left on the planned area, there does not seem to be the foresight to see that houses do not make for good friendly wildlife neighbors.
Developers are salivating over the Twin Peaks area. Investors purchased these properties after they had gone to the bank. Scarfing them up. It was next to impossible to find information about these properties to inquire about a purchase price. Money hungry "buggers" all working together to destroy a beautiful desert area. On Camino de Manana a proposed development called "Camino de Manana 145 Specific Plan" is planning to put 277 homes on 147 acres. The developer and planner havein two instances completely dismissed the Habitat Conservation Plan. Last week we helped 3 desert tortoises cross the street on Camino de Manana. Wild life is abundant on this 145 acres, there are owls and hawks that nest here, along with coyote dens and Javalina. This development alone will put over 500 more vehicles on Camino de Manana which is already abused by folks "taking a Shortcut to Twin Peaks Rd. not bothering to follow the 35 mile an hour speed limit and leaving their Big Gulp Cups, McDondalds garbage and whisky and beer bottles all along the sides of the road for the residents to pick up. Do you know how scary it is to barely miss a vehicle passing in a no passing zone? The road is in Pima County and Marana but neither has much to say about the condition of this road, and it's capability to handle the increase of traffic that Camino de Manana will receive. We ride our horses, walk our dogs, and see our children onto the bus on this once quiet rural road. The busier this street gets the lower the value of the homes, that have a Camino de Manana address, will plummet. This entire area is in jeopardy . As a resident of this area I oppose these subdivisions. Do you really want to drive along this beautiful area and have it look like what has become of Dove Mountain or Silverbell Rd. NOT ME. It is such a lovely area it will develop completely zoned as it is, there is no need to rezone and bring in the subdivisions and row after row rooftops blocking the beautiful horizon.
As a property owner adjacent to the land that is being considered for annexation and development, I am saddened that the Town of Marana seems so driven to destroy another portion of the pristine Sonora Desert. The fact that they have already been working with a developer whose initial plan included 91 homes on postage stamp lots, is disturbing. The town already covers vast areas of previously disturbed land that could be easily developed without destroying more of this rapidly disappearing and unique ecosystem. I have lived in this location for 10 years, and in that time I have seen numerous species of animals, birds and reptiles living in or utilizing the very property in question. Many of those are protected because their numbers are rapidly dwindling as well. The Marana Strategic Plan directly references the Sonoran Desert Experience as well its intention to showcase and protect it. I would hope that at some pointy the leadership of the town would begin to look at the usable resources they already have rather than sending in the bulldozers to create more of the same. As for the town defining its boundary’s, I am humored that the Town Manager would even cite that as part of the justification for the annexation. This is a 36 acre parcel that will be almost completely surrounded by the County and would cause a much more convoluted boundary than the town already has.
The beauty of the area aside... This would be Marana's outer boundaries for the town. Generally any 100 level planning course at the local college will dictate the higher dollar homes are on the outskirts of town, and lower level homes built on the interior... Notice anything Marana? Foothills, Eastside Tanque Verde... Notice they are on the outskirts of Tucson? Notice the neighbors homes here are on the outskirts....CUSTOM HOMES? Slap 100 cookie cutter homes up next to them... sounds like you got some great idear's there... great idear's...
I am seriously concerned about the way Marana is endangering our Sonoran Desert. I feel the way they are using their density calculation is not correct. Look at Oasis Hills and see what has happened. Twin Peaks 145 is going to be another example of desert destruction. They want to put 277 homes on 43.9 acres. This area should be left at one home per acre or even better, left at 3.3 acres. Too much building and too many people are going to destroy this beautiful natural resource for all of us. Please review your current thinking on high density housing in this area.
I am a home owner just off Oasis Rd. Many of my neighbors and I ride horses along the shoulder and cross Oasis on the north/south bound roads available for riding. A large increase in traffic using Oasis going to the local supermarket, Walgreens, high school, golf course, etc. will have a dire effect on an activity that was normal and relatively safe to do with the sparse population Pima Co. enforced in this area. We have all had to abide by strict rules for 3.3 acre lot sizes when building our homes and have benefitted from those rules with quiet evenings, beautiful views, and respectable traffic. Disrupting the common flow of the residential pattern already established in this area by sticking a densely populated travesty in our backyards is dangerous, expensive, and uncivlized. It is also unkind. I have no problem with builders coming in and using land more established for the kind of communities they want to build but not alongside Oasis and those homeowners who will be devastated by such a act.
I was once told that a person has a right to do what they want with their land. To a point, that is true but not at the cost of others. When we bought our property 8 years ago, across the street from the property that Marana is trying to Annex, it was a protected area as was the now Oasis Hills development. A couple of years after buying our property the land was sold to a individual but still zoned suburban ranch. Now this individual has contacted Pulte Homes asking them to buy the land from him. Pulte Homes is only going to purchase the land if they can develop it into a residential area. Why should a individual be able to buy a piece of land knowing what the zoning restrictions are and rezone it at the expense and comfort of the other land owners in the area. I urge the Marana Town Council to please vote against this annexation. The life styles that we have invested into have already changed due to the Oasis Hills annexation and development please don't destroy the little bit of Sonoran desert that we have left. Put yourselves in our place. How would you feel? There are plenty of areas that are already zoned for residential let Pulte build in those areas
As a native Tucsonan, I've lived all my life in developed neighborhoods like the one Pulte Homes proposes for this property. Finally, I no longer have to drive long distances to enjoy the beautiful Sonoran desert and its plants and animals - as we've just purchased our "dream retirement home" in a protected desert environment with minimum 3.3 acres lots, lots required to have 2/3 of them untouched to protect the desert. When we purchased our home on Blue Bonnet, we did our homework and felt sure that the county in which we are currently listed as residents, and nearby Marana which would undoubtedly eventually annex the area into their town, valued the preservation of the desert as much as we do - we read the long-range plans and visioning statements of both entities. This proposed annexation is a complete 180 degree turn from Marana's own stated intention to protect the desert, do no harm to existing neighborhoods, etc. I urge the Marana Town Council to dust off their own published documents about their vision for the area, reread their own stated priorities and choose to live by those. If they do so, they will vote NO on this annexation and proceed to develop the Twin Peaks area as it should be, showcasing "progress" done with care and concern for the natural beauty that surrounds us. Be good neighbors - focus on thoughtful, careful projects, not desert blading cookie cutter development projects. The area deserves better than that!
Thank you Splotter57 for your research. I was wondering how much paperwork was devoted to the existing neighbors well being.. Interesting out of 450 docuements only one concerned about the actual community that already lives and has invested in Marana. I wonder if this apparent money driven one sided push would stand the light of day with a newspaper investigation. Anyone on the site have any connections for an investigative reporter. Something doesnt smell right when the push is on for annexation and a backdoor rezoning when the only reason to do so is MONEY.
As has been previously claimed by others, my family and I chose to relocate to Northwest Pima County for a certain lifestyle. This included the "suburban ranch" designation, with its attendant wildlife, vistas and "elbow room." The plan Pulte has put forth, along with other plans in the works from other builders in the area, will irrevocably alter this area for the worse, permanently creating denser housing, more traffic, fewer cacti and fauna and impaired views. Although technically Mayor Honea is correct when he says the annexation and rezoning votes are separate, it would be naive to think one will not lead almost inevitably to the other. The petition for annexation includes the builder's plan to take advantage of the presumed rezoning, and there is no valid reason for Marana to annex the land without approval of the rezoning. I urge my neighbors to join in the opposition to this plan and keep the area around our homes zoned as suburban ranch to preserve all the things we moved here for.
We have recently purchased a 4.7 acre property near this proposed development. I did it for the reasons many of my neighbors have so eloquently expressed. The City loses a beautiful desert area, the Neighborhood loses the promised privacy, the Environment loses everything. What is the point. Or does money trump all logic. Lets do the right thing and stay with the 3.3 acre minimum that has served the area so well.
My wife and I spent a large sum of money to buy and improve our property. When we moved from NY trying to get away from crime and noise, we selected Marana after looking at several areas of AZ and in excess of 75 homes. We spent a great deal of due diligence in our search, Marana posted the zoning near our purchase as R-36 and the homes were large and custom built. We felt comfortable purchasing and improving our property. The fact that many developers have the ear of the town for these monstrosities and not the community is very disheartening. As I write there are several in planning, one is called 145 Twin Peaks, for 270 homes on 6000 square feet lots, one is called Camino Vaquero for the same type of housing. Both will destroy some of the most pristine desert. We the community beg and plead with the town Council to vote this type of development down for our area, there are many places for this type of housing where it will not disrupt the community. I might add the opposition of residents is 42 to 2 against this type of project.
There are over 450 documents regarding the annexation and rezoning. There was only "one" reference to the neighbors in all of those documents.
While the council was trying to tell us there was no annexation agreement, that is exactly what was said to us in one of the meetings with the Planning Center and staff. I have a copy of an e-mail that was sent by the staff to one of the residents telling us that it is legal to do the annexation and rezoning concurrently.
Shame on the city staff for putting the notice in the "Territorial". A publication that none of the residents read. It seems like the staff is trying to deal underhandedly with the help of the "Planning Center and Pulte" along with the land owner and trying to hard sell it to the council and they didn't want the neighbors to interfere.
In the public meeting a council member said he would rather have Marana do the zoning than Pima County. I've personally been down that road. And Marana pushed through the Oasis Hills cookie cutter sub-division that immediately devalued my property and ruined my peaceful surroundings. They did not take any of "the neighbors" concerns into account. Now, and it looks like, from the staff documents that the same thing is happening. And the "Planning Center" also did Oasis Hills! And, by the way, the rezoning was never presented to Pima County because they knew it would not be granted.
I sincerely hope that the Mayor and Council will not allow the city staff to shove this terrible plan down the neighbors throats. There surely is some common sense development that can be done on this property that does not destroy this unique neighborhood.
I think the town needs to consider the area. It is some of the most beautiful desert in Marana. I am not against development however, it is very sad to see the desert clear cut like what has been done near the property Pulte is interested in having rezoned. In this particular area there are many beautiful cacti and wildlife. Once the desert is clear cut it is gone forever. Development is coming to this area it is important to get it right. I believe by the town working together with its residents there can be acceptable compromises made that will preserve much of the natural beauty in the area and generating revenue for the town and the developers. I urged the town to continue to consider the importance of their decisions.
This proposed annexation and rezoning is absolutely inappropriate for this area. Why aren't existing homeowners given the same consideration as developers?
There is a unique desert environment that runs along side the new Twin Peaks road. Once protected by the non-existence of that road, the area has thrived as an ironwood forest with a rich diversity of plant and animal life. Bobcats, javelinas, Harris' hawks, horned owls and a multitude of other animals make this area their home and routinely visit the large open home parcels in this area. It is such a privilege see this wildlife on a daily basis. The approval of dense housing in this area will have a devastating effect on these animals and this special area. Marana has one shot here at protecting this area and preserving it for generations to come. The Twin Peaks corridor can be a showcase on how a town can truly protect the environment it lies in. There are already too many large planned housing developments that have been built and that have broken up the natural animal corridors and destroyed the deserts they sit in. No amount of "preserved space" inside these developments can mitigate the destruction a housing development will do. One shot , Marana, to do what is right and protect that which truly needs protecting, the ironwood forest, NOT the pockets of developers and speculators. David Loehrs
The land along the Twin Peaks corridor east of I-10 is a rich, Sonoran desert habitat with low density neighborhoods – mostly properties of at least 3.3 acres. The Marana General Plan speaks of promoting new development that is compatible with existing land uses. It speaks of mitigating potential impacts on existing neighborhoods.
I defy anyone to look at the low density properties that border the Oasis Hills development and say those guidelines were followed. I hope the Marana Town Council can learn from that mistake and move forward to promote development along the Twin Peaks corridor that preserves the maximum area of natural undisturbed open area and respects the rural lifestyle of the existing residents – which appears to be the intent of the Marana General Plan.
At the last Council meeting Councilman Bowen suggested the zoning fate of the 36 acres wound be better left in Marana's control. When I built 10+ years ago the first request I had from Pima county was to set aside the front part of my lot to ensure the County could control rezone requests. I was required to ensure no Pigmy owls were on the property. I was limited on clearing to the point I had to reconfigure the house and drive ways. I was was not allowed to redirect water flow or remove Ironwoods. A lot south of me tried to get rezoning for Apartments and were turned down. Pima County had a plan for our area that has not changed. Maybe the City Council and Mayor should ask themselves why the owner of the lot did not go to Pima County with the rezoning. I would rather stay with the Devil I know!
As new homeowners on the 1st street East of the proposed new development - Blue Bonnet road - this annexation IS really ALL about the area's density. The current zoning of the property proposed for annexation into the Town of Marana is a minimum 3.3 acres per home - restrictions we all agreed to when purchasing our desert homes. Just the annexation, if approved, will change the density to at least 6 times what it currently is, just utilizing Marana's existing density - which the developer, Pulte Homes, wants to increase when their zoning request is considered. We'd like the Marana City Council to look at it from the neighbors' viewpoint - even the first step of annexation seriously changes the traffic, density of homes, views from our properties - all for the worse.
Carrie & Jim Kinnear
Rezoning this area is inappropriate and not in conjunction with the existing area. If the bottom line for Marana is to destroy the existing beauty of the area, then it will be well accomplished. If they would like to take the correct path, then rezoning this prestine area for pennies on the dollar is not the correct path. NO TO RE-ZONING!!!!
Marana needs to add to their vision when considering annexation and subsequent rezoning of an area. I suggest "Do No Damage to Existing Communities." Putting dense housing, 6,000 square foot lots, right next to an established community that has properties with a minimum of 3.3 acres, custom homes, and a life style to get away from the city, damages that community. It damages both the life style and the property values.
To the Mayor and Town Council members of Marana:You have an opportunity to create a Twin Peaks Corridor that is in harmony with the wild animals, natural vegetation, and existing communities. There is plenty of land to allow for different life styles. Please do not damage established communities with Suburban Ranch zoning for a little extra revenue. Make the Twin Peaks Corridor something we can all be proud of.
My wife and I just invested a huge portion of our financial worth into this neighborhood precisely because this neighborhood was established to protect the beauty and environment with planned 3.3 acre lots. Marana, who has the responsibility to protect all the citizens, is proposing not just the annexation but the re-zoning to accommodate the additional profits for a national corporation at the expense and detriment of the current homeowners. Money is the only motive, taking that out of the equation, how else would putting homes roof top to roof top on 6,000 sq ft lots make any sense? Future development needs to be responsible and take into account all parties, not just how much money can we make dividing up parcels into postage stamp size lots. We need to think of the future!! The impact is irreversible once done. [sad]
The town is effectively promising Pulte 91 lots with the annexation. It is stated in the annexation request council agenda item for the September 3rd meeting. The developer will scream if they don't get it.
The concept of 6000 square foot lots next to 144,000 SF lots is appalling!
The council needs to say no to annexation under these conditions.
My home has been in this area for over 30 years. I have endured dirt roads for the pure pleasure of the desert space that buffers my home. Our area has its own sense of community. We do not need, nor want, a developer to crowd others into our little chunk of the desert in order to clarify our boundaries. This is purely a for-profit proposal.
Regardless of what the town says they are in effect promising Pulte 91 lots. It's in the annexation request!
All the residents on our street are aware of our boundaries. We moved here to leave the dense development in the city . I truly believe that the ONLY reason the Town of Marana would wish to annex the 36+ acres is to allow them to rezone. The non Marana owned property is of suburban ranch zoning.(3.3 acre lots or larger) Putting 91 homes on such a small area across the street from my home would dramatically change the way I live now. It would also change my property value for the worse. Please, allow us to continue to enjoy the beautiful Tucson desert that each of us have grown to love here in our small community. [sad]
For Marana to go thru with this annexation would be a complete contradiction of the city's vision. Instead of the Sonoran desert all you will see on Twin Peaks is small track homes and a barren desert. Just look at Oasis Hills and decide if this what Marana has in mind for the community. If you drive down Oasis you will see older homes on 3.3 acres and the Sonoran Desert as it was meant to be. Pulte is so sure of this annexation that they have already drawn plot plans. It's all about the money for Marana in impact fees, permits and taxes and not about the residents that have lived in the area for years.
The current residents know the boundaries. We don't need 91 homes on 36 plus acres to define our neighborhood. The only reason the Town of Marana would annex this plot is for the purpose of rezoning. The existing neighborhood has homes on 3.3 or more acres. Pulte wants to put the 91 homes on 6,000 square foot lots. This would damage our property values.[sad]
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