- Your Voice
Two rezonings passed at the Jan. 20 Marana Town Council meeting, one with no opposition and another that was more controversial.
I was very disappointed to discover that a small group of citizens is planning a legal move to block the Oro Valley acquisition of the El Conquistador Country Club (ECCC) property, which jeopardizes a much-wanted community center. Sadly there is also a group of Sun City residents who have joined in. This group is only concerned with their own interests and not the greater good of Oro Valley.
The standing room only crowd at the Nov. 20 Oro Valley Planning and Zoning hearing indicated that the Major General Plan Amendments being presented that evening were a contentious issue for many Oro Valley residents.
A long-running debate over two major General Plan amendments in Oro Valley has moved beyond the Planning and Zoning Commission after each passed in a 6-1 vote on Nov. 20.
The application and appointment process for Boards and Commissions in the Town of Oro Valley is now online, improving convenience and efficiency for residents interested in serving on a board. Within a few clicks, citizens can easily visit the town’s website, review vacant positions, submit their application and receive correspondence on the status of their application.
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Avra Valley Coalition organizer Albert Lannon brought the implications of a Cananmex Highway through the Avra Valley to the May 20 Citizens for Picture Rocks meeting. He detailed the effects on neighbors and wildlife, including the loss of jobs along the present Interstate 10 corridor and the negative impacts on health, tourism and water.
On May 6, during the Oro Valley Planning and Zoning Commission, the town requested a zoning code amendment to add text to include “Owner-Occupied Lodging House” for larger-lot houses.
I realize I’m easily confused. I am having trouble connecting the dots. Is Diane Peters admitting she is a NIMBY and more concerned about her environment than the environment? Is she suggesting that the Oro Valley Mayor and Council that appointed me to the Planning and Zoning Commission were also developer puppets? Is she concluding that a Board of Directors that hides behind secret ballots should be immune from criticism? At least I made my views and votes public. I don’t know what projects I didn’t want in my backyard? Perhaps she has forgotten that I led a Planning and Zoning Commission vote to deny a developer’s plans for Steam Pump Ranch in favor of historic preservation. Oh, and by the way, the 2.5 acres of undisturbed desert she refers to remain undisturbed more than 10 years later and is of little value to the residents of Oro Valley. Perhaps Ms. Peters would like to buy it and pay the taxes to continue to preserve her environment.
In Ken Kinared’s recent letter, he voiced his dismay regarding the Board of Directors election results at the Vistoso Community Association. He referred to the community as being “developer-controlled” and asserted that two of the newly-elected board members were “developer puppets.” His concern was that “the beauty of Rancho Vistoso will be tarnished.” I don’t know what the newly-elected officers have planned for RV, but I do know that Mr. Kinared is now castigating others for doing what he once did.
The Town of Oro Valley is accepting applications, now through Wednesday, April 30, for positions on one of the three Your Voice, Our Future project committees. The project’s goal is to have the community identify common values, issues and solutions. The committees will advise project staff and make recommendations on policy and goal proposals. The results will yield a community plan, often referred to as a “General Plan,” which will shape decisions about the Town’s future and quality of life.
Happy New Year! I hope you're having an excellent start to 2014 and enjoying this beautiful weather we've been blessed with. My first year representing you on the Pima County Board of Supervisors was exciting, incredibly busy, and I am eager to see what 2014 will bring. A few of my accomplishments in 2013 are summarized below.
Oro Valley council voted unanimously on March 20 to direct staff to clean up ambiguous language relating to the town’s Environmentally Sensitive Lands (ESL) regulations.
Oro Valley could become the second northwest-area town to receive a medical marijuana dispensary in about a month’s time.
Some might know Oro Valley resident Bill Adler as the recipient of Community Leader of the Year, or they might see him as a pot stirrer. Either way, the man, who earlier in his life had no real interest in politics or local government, has always had the town’s best intentions in mind.
Oro Valley resident Bill Adler, a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission, regularly attends council meetings to voice his concerns.
From a field of close to 300 volunteers who donate about 35,000 hours of volunteer time annually, the Town of Oro Valley this recognized 13 nominees as finalists for Volunteer of the Year.
Looking back at the abundance of Oro Valley citizens filling every chair, standing along the walls, and even peeking in from outside, Mayor Satish Hiremath took a moment to remind the capacity crowd, which was in attendance for one reason, “to please be polite and respectful.”
If the Dec. 5 Oro Valley council session is anything like the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting last month, Town Council will have a lot of feedback to consider regarding the fate of Desert Springs.
Pima County Master Gardener Plant Clinic program
Town of OV seeks input on overlay district
After serving eight years on the Oro Valley Town Council, Councilman Barry Gillaspie is saying farewell to government. He is looking forward to concentrating on his personal life and career as the Director of Development Services for Information Technology at Pima Community College.
Thursday, March 29