May 31, 2019 Edition:
The Preserve Vistoso Board has been busy over the past month setting up the Task Forces, introducing our group to external parties, and establishing relationships with key players. Some of the highlights:
Romspen Meeting - Met with Peter Oelbaum, Managing Partner, Romspen Mortgage Investment Fund. Romspen is the owner of the property that was formerly the Vistoso Golf Club. Peter shared that they were unable to reach agreement on terms with Parks Legacy Project (PLP) and they are pursuing rezoning a substantial portion of the property for residential development. They have hired The Planning Center, an Arizona owned and operated planning and urban design firm, to assist them. Preserve Vistoso expressed our desire to retain as much of the land as possible for recreational use. Peter is open to hearing any proposals we wish to present. We plan to sync back up with Peter once he has the conceptual plans and/or we have a proposal ready to share with Romspen.
We need community support to:
Protect our neighborhoods.
Retain recreational space.
Uphold the Oro Valley General Plan.
Town Manager Meeting - Met with Mary Jacob, Oro Valley Town Manager, to introduce her to Preserve Vistoso and to request assistance getting answers to questions on land use, rezoning procedures, etc. Mary briefed her executive team on our goals and asked the Directors of Planning, Water, Public Works, and Parks & Recreation to make themselves available. Although the Town is not able to help us financially, Mary envisions there are ways for us to work together and she encouraged us to keep her updated on our progress.
VCA Meeting - We continue to work closely with the Vistoso Community Association (VCA). At the last VCA Board Meeting, President Pat Straney reiterated their support for our efforts to retain the Romspen property for recreational use. The VCA Board has appointed Dick Surowiec (VCA Board Member) and Dan Sturmon (VCA Committee Member) to be our liaisons with the VCA Board. We are working out details on how we can best work together to achieve what is best for all Rancho Vistoso residents.
What can you do to ensure responsible development of the former Vistoso Golf Club property?
Volunteer, donate, talk to your neighbors, attend VCA and HOA meetings. The larger and more active our membership, the greater the influence and impact we can have.