• June 4, 2020

 

Rezoning Meetings Continue Tonight While Town Council Votes to Explore Purchase Plans for the Vistoso Golf Property

Last night, the Oro Valley Town Council voted unanimously to ask Town Staff to work with The Conservation Fund (TCF) to explore the purchase of the Romspen property as a Nature Preserve and Community Trail.  This is great news!  Preserve Vistoso completely supports working with TCF to acquire the property, but we want to make sure you understand that this is just a first step. Romspen has NOT withdrawn its request for rezoning the property and it is more important than ever that you participate in the Focus Neighborhood Meetings to express your concerns. The first one is tonight at 6pm.

Two of our neighbors and founders of Preserve Vistoso, Rosa Daily and Tom Stegman, arranged for TCF representatives to visit the Romspen property last week.  Preserve Vistoso, the Mayor and the Vice-Mayor joined them for a tour of the property and a meeting to discuss TCF's involvement.  TCF has worked in all 50 states to protect over 8 million acres of land since 1985 and has saved almost a million acres in Arizona. You can read more about TCF at https://www.conservationfund.org.

TCF is interested in helping us conserve the Romspen property but there are conditions for its involvement. The first step was confirmation that the Town of Oro Valley would support its efforts to acquire the property and consider accepting the land as a donation.  We believe last night's Town Council vote met that requirement.  The next step will be for TCF to confirm that Romspen would accept an offer and determine the offer amount.  TCF would then decide if its acquisition funds could be replenished within a reasonable amount of time.

Fundraising is where Preserve Vistoso becomes important. We hired GiftPro LLC a month ago to help guide our Board in fundraising efforts. We're also in the process of conducting one-on-one meetings with impacted homeowners to better understand their willingness to contribute toward purchasing the property. We will share more information about these efforts and TCF plans in the upcoming weeks.

In the meantime, it is important that you continue to participate in the Rezoning Focus Neighborhood Meetings.  Although Preserve Vistoso will continue to push for conservation of the Romspen property as a Nature Preserve and Community Trail, the decision to rezone the property is a Town Council decision. Their decision on whether or not to approve Romspen's request to rezone is based in a large part on the community's participation and feedback in neighborhood meetings. Please continue to participate in these meetings and send your feedback to Ask@OroValleyAz.gov while copying us at copypreservevistoso.org.

Here is the announced schedule for Zoom interactive focus meetings on Romspen’s application to amend the 2016 General Plan and change the zoning in our neighborhoods:

  • Meeting 1: Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 6PM--Monterey, Stonegate, Vistoso Highlands, Richmond American, Discovery 

  • Meeting 2: Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 6PM--Stone Village, Fairfield, Siena, Cortona, Center Pointe – Desert Crest. 

  • Meeting 3: Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 6PM--Center Pointe--Summit North and The Pinnacle, Vistoso Golf Casitas at 655, 695 & 755, Vistoso Resort Casitas - Worldmark 

  • Meeting 4: Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 6PM--Somerset Canyon, Center Pointe--Summit South and The Cove, Stone Terrace, Bella Vista 

We recommend you download and install the Zoom software from https://zoom.us/download and then go to the Town's website for links to each meeting.

The Town states that the purpose of these smaller meetings is to focus on issues affecting specific neighborhoods, but all meetings are open to anyone who wants to attend.  If your schedule does not allow you to attend your specific neighborhood meeting, please attend one of the other meetings.