● May 22, 2020

 

PLAN TO PARTICIPATE IN JUNE FOCUS AREA NEIGHBORHOOD MEETINGS 

 

Oro Valley announced the 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 6:00 PM--Monterey, Stonegate, Vistoso Highlands, Richmond American, Discovery 

Meeting 2: Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 6:00 PM--Stone Village, Fairfield, Siena, Cortona, Center Pointe – Desert Crest 

Meeting 3: Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 6:00 PM--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 6:00 PM--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 here for instructions on the link for 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. Or if your questions were not answered, attend another meeting. The Town states that they will take questions/comments from specific neighborhood residents and then open it for questions from those who do not live in the specific neighborhood.
   
This is the next step in the hearing process for Romspen’s proposal to amend the General Plan and change the current recreational zoning to medium and high density residential. The illustrative site plans (Options 1 and 2) are included in the applicant Project Information Sheet
  
Option 1 remains a proposed senior citizen facility with high density housing on the former golf course driving range even though it was announced that the developer (Spectra) withdrew from the application. The option for medium density housing on the driving range area is proposed as option 2. Both filings include medium density housing on holes 6, 7 and 14 and high density multifamily housing near the existing casitas.  

The Romspen filing also proposes donating 115 acres to the Town or a designated third party to establish a linear trail throughout the property. This plan does not:

  • Provide an adequate wildlife corridor.

  • Provide enough spacing between housing developments for trails.

  • Keep the three remaining restrooms.

  • Include a comprehensive restoration plan for the former golf course fairways and greens.

  • Include a restoration plan for the pond near Vistoso Highlands Blvd. 

The Town of Oro Valley has been receptive to our comments, so let’s continue to let the Town know what concerns us about the proposed changes to our neighborhood. Our goal is to preserve the recreational designation in the General Plan and make the former golf course a nature preserve and community trail.
 
If your questions are not answered, or if you still have questions about the answer you received, please email ask@orovalleyaz.gov and copy Preserve Vistoso at CopyPreserveVistoso@gmail.com. The Town has stated that additional neighborhood meetings could be required if all your questions are not answered.