●  March 8 2020

          

       Meeting With Arizona Officials Highlight Available Acquisition Grants

March 7, 2020 - No updates to report on Romspen's intent to apply for rezoning in March. We are waiting for submission of plans from Romspen Investments and potential buyers for development of the former Vistoso Golf Course. When we know details, we will report to you.

State Grants May be Available for Land Acquisition. Preserve Vistoso members represent you by researching various ways to preserve the former Vistoso Golf Course property.  Representatives from the State of Arizona Parks & Tails met with Preserve Vistoso Board members and visited the property.  We learned that land acquisition grants are available to the Town of Oro Valley to help Preserve Vistoso purchase the property.  State of Arizona acquisition grants could provide funds for half of the purchase price of the property according to a Yellow Book appraisal.  In addition, the State provides funds annually for trail maintenance and upkeep. 

Oro Valley Podcast about Preserve Vistoso. In a segment on Oro Valley Podcast to air March 11, Patricia Sturmon, Board member of Preserve Vistoso mentioned the poor condition of the former golf course retention pond near Rancho Vistoso Boulevard.  The Arizona Parks & Trails representatives said that grants also could be available to help restore the pond and make it a birding sanctuary.   In a similar situation in Pima County, a pond at Canoa Ranch was restored and became a community asset.   You can read about the Canoa Ranch pond by clicking here

Please encourage friends and neighbors throughout Oro Valley to join PreserveVistoso.org.  About 40 percent of Oro Valley’s population lives north of Tangerine, but we do not have adequate recreational areas.  We have a voice with our Town Council as our 1,100 members will stand up for what is best for our community.   Oro Valley has said it will schedule community meetings once Romspen files its plan.