I enjoy reading The Explorer and appreciate the coverage of local politics. In the June 25 issue I read that OV looks to expand its streamlined development process.
It appears to me that Mayor Satish Hiremath and his crew are single minded at best. I seem to recall a vote against Naranja Park development, and yet lights are going up and fields are being cleared, one step at a time in direct disregard of the voters, as if “someone” knows best about what we need.
The mayor also seems to think that oversight should not be necessary in “his” administration, this attitude is reminiscent of what is happening in our nation’s corporations and D.C. with disastrous results. I don’t think streamlining an important part of community development so that decisions can be made administratively is wise and in my opinion, leading us down a steep slope rather than a gradual and realistic incline to eventual development. What about sustainability? Growth is an important part of community development, however, there seems to be a rush to get it done. Many of us moved here for the open space and clear star filled skies at night. OV brags and advertises about our being such a naturally healthy community. It seems our leaders have lost sight of this fact and we’ll soon be just another over-developed community with vacant buildings, homes, condos and apartments and higher property taxes. It appears the Mayor and council would like to see all this development happen during their tenure, in reality, what legacy will the residents be left with? I am aware that there is a diminished labor force in this country, how does all this rush to develop take that into consideration. I, and others, desire a more patient plan, not speculation, but a development plan with our original values and community character in mind. Have we seen the best days of OV or is there still time to save our gem?
Carmen Rose, Oro Valley