For the past five months, the Town of Oro Valley staff, as part of the Your Voice, Our Future project, has led a series of public outreach efforts and events to garner input as we plan for our community’s future. Those efforts included 60 community events and workshops, a phone survey, and online surveys at YourVoiceOV.com.
Recently, an opinion piece appeared in the Explorer, authored by Oro Valley Councilmember Mike Zinkin. This piece was a reaction to the majority of Council defeating his proposal to consider a new rental tax for apartments, rental homes, and perhaps retirement homes in our community.
Why is there a General Plan?
The simple answer is “yes.” It is called a General Plan and it is required by State law, adopted by Town Council and submitted to voters for ratification. Our current General Plan was ratified by voters in November 2005. State law requires citizen ratification of the General Plan every 10 years.
The Town of Oro Valley is considering an overlay district for parts of Innovation Park, on the northwest corner of Oracle and Tangerine roads, in the heart of our bioscience corridor.
As a desert community of just over 40,000 residents, the Town of Oro Valley is a community in control of its own water supply. Not having to depend on any other utility for the allocation of water means we are not subject to handouts and cutoffs. We have control over our growth and water resources.