● August 13, 2019 Edition:
Can we see Romspen's plan? - Romspen shared its concept, but not its development plan. The concept consisted of rezoning 109 of the 208-acre property into low, medium, and medium-high density housing. An engineering review must be completed and it is likely there will be significant changes. Rather than speculate on Romspen’s plan, Preserve Vistoso is focused on protecting the entire property. Our plan is to purchase and convert it to a nature preserve for the benefit of the community. Romspen told Preserve Vistoso that they hoped to have a residential development plan ready to share with the Rancho Vistoso community in the fall.
Has Romspen's plan been submitted to the Planning
and Zoning Commission and Town Council? - As part of the Oro Valley rezoning process, Romspen must hold neighborhood meetings prior to formal submittal of the proposed project. Romspen told Preserve Vistoso that they hoped to have a plan to share with the community this fall. We will keep our members abreast of when it is the time to attend these meetings and write/email government officials regarding our desire to retain the existing recreational zoning.
Can you share details on the zoning process? - Yes. You can obtain a pdf document detailing the specific steps of the Oro Valley rezoning process by clicking this link.
Why would the Planning and Zoning Commission
and Town Council agree not to rezone? - The property is presently zoned as recreational space. Recreational zoning is consistent with the Oro Valley Planned Area Development and the Your Voice, Our Future General Plan. We need to unite as a community and keep the zoning as it currently exists.
What happens to the donations to Preserve Vistoso? - All donations currently received go the general operating budget to cover items such as: 501(c)(3) application, legal advice, website hosting, communication materials, etc. We are a 100% volunteer organization; no salaries are paid. Once we advance our plan to purchase the property, a separate fund-raising campaign will be conducted. Financial information will be made public after our 501(c)(3) application is approved. We truly appreciate all those who have donated and provided their support to get Preserve Vistoso off the ground and keep it operating!
What would Preserve Vistoso do with the property? - Preserve Vistoso is working on a plan to purchase the entire 208-acre property and move forward to protect the land as a nature preserve. It is too early to give specifics, but some ideas include converting portions of the property to a butterfly park, cactus gardens, humming bird sanctuary, exercise stations, hiking trails, and biking trails. Our goal is to retain the natural tranquility, spectacular scenery, and wildlife habitats that exist there today.
If we are able to buy the property, will the members have input on the design plan for the property?
Preserve Vistoso will ask for community input. We are hosting a series of Meet & Greet meetings and want everyone to attend. We also are planning HOA and neighborhood meetings starting this fall. You also can send you questions to PreseveVistoso@gmail.com
I don't live on or near the former Vistoso Golf Course, why should I get involved in what happens to it?
We are all part of the Rancho Vistoso community. Preserve Vistoso wants to retain recreational space as
outlined in the Rancho Vistoso Planned Area Development and the Oro Valley Your Voice, Our Future General Plan. The Rancho Vistoso community was not designed to have the additional 350-700 homes that could result. These additional homes stress our existing school system, roads/infrastructure, and increase traffic. Our goal is to retain the natural tranquility, spectacular scenery, and wildlife habitats that exist today. We want to provide a first-class amenity for the entire community; one worthy of the Vistoso name.