NEWS

Read the latest PRESERVE VISTOSO PULSE as well as articles from other publications about our Vision and actions. 

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ORO VALLEY MAYOR JOE WINFIELD PROPOSES

TOWN NEGOTIATE THE SALE OF

THE VISTOSO PROPERTY


November 20, 2020 – The Town Council on November 18 approved 7-0 a motion by Mayor Joe Winfield and seconded by Council Member Joyce Jones-Ivey to negotiate the sale of the Vistoso Property from Romspen Investments. You can view the Town Council meeting here. Mayor Winfield’s proposal is 2:29:40 into the meeting.
  
The Mayor’s proposal was:

 

“I move to direct the Town Manager and Town Attorneys as follows: first to initiate communications with Romspen and any other third parties in their discretion in an effort to negotiate the sale subject to Mayor and Council approval of acreage at the former Vistoso Golf Course zoned open space/golf for fair market value on or before April 1, 2021, and second to keep council regularly informed on the status of these efforts.”

 
We urge you to thank Mayor Winfield for this proposal and thank Council Members for their support.  Town Council information can be found here. We will keep you informed, but anticipate it will take time for the Town to initiate conversations with Romspen.
  
Parks and Recreation Master Plan

The Wednesday Town Council meeting also included discussion of Town Management’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan for the next 10 to 15 years. Vice Mayor Melanie Barrett (2:37:10) said that she felt the plans being developed might not reflect the needs of 40 percent of the residents who live north of Tangerine. She referred to the Master Plan needs assessment and statistically valid survey that indicated our community wants trails, walking paths and open space. She said the Town’s current long term planning should address those needs. She also said that the needs of seniors (49 percent of Town population) should be included in the Master Plan. We applaud Vice Mayor Barrett for speaking up for our community.
  
Many of you participated in the Parks and Recreation Master Plan meetings. We have an opportunity to express our opinions during community input from November 18th through December 18th. The concept plans are posted at “Discuss” on Town of Oro Valley web page for community comment which you can find here. Submit your comments and be sure to ask that the Master Plan includes the Vistoso property as a community park. We also want the Master Plan to recognize that the community wants trails and open space. Here is a link to a PDF of the "Oro Valley Parks and Recreation Master Plan Community Interest and Opinion Survey" where you can find the details of the communities responses.

New Members of Board of Directors 

We’d also like to remind you that we are looking for new Board members. Go to PreserveVistoso.org for more information. We will meet with interested members in December and will announce new Board members at our Jan.  22 meeting. 

 

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NOTES FROM NOVEMBER 12 MEETING VOICING CONCERNS REGARDING THE TOWN'S PARKS AND REC PLANS LACK OF INVESTMENT IN RANCHO VISTOSO

 

November 12, 2020 - A consultant’s report and 10-year vision and concept plan for Oro Valley Parks and Recreation does not address the priority recreational needs of our Rancho Vistoso community. We hope you will attend the November 12 Parks and Rec open forum at 6:00 pm to voice your opinion. The meeting link can be found here under "Needs Assessment and Master Plan documents." (It is part way down the page in a group of blue boxes with titles).

There also is a meeting of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board on Tuesday, November 17. You can join this meeting to voice concerns that the Consultant’s vision does not match the recreational priorities identified by the community. The link to join this meeting will be posted on Oro Valley’s Meeting and Agenda pages which you will be able to access here.

Based on surveys and community input, the top priorities of the Oro Valley community are investments in open space and trails. The report from PROS Consulting ignores these priority needs. We need to emphasize that one of the goals in the consultant’s report should be providing trails and open space in Rancho Vistoso.  

The report does not recommend any investments in Rancho Vistoso and focuses on making improvements and adding amenities to existing parks and facilities in the center of Town. The Town’s recreational investment is almost exclusively between Lambert Lane and Naranja Drive.  

PROS Consulting highlighted service areas by “Equity Mapping” and included service area circles. These maps do not include most of Rancho Vistoso or Sun City. The Town of Oro Valley is not planning to invest in any parks and recreation facilities or programs north of Tangerine.  

It has been a long running policy of the Town Management to label Rancho Vistoso and Sun City as “self sufficient” communities. What seems at odd with Rancho Vistoso being called self sufficient is that the consultant’s report also said that the Vistoso Community Association HOA mini-parks have almost no recreational value and that HOA funding is not secure to keep these parks operating. That has been evident during our pandemic as the HOA mini- parks did not have the resources to remain open, but the Town parks received federal funds to keep many of its parks open.  

 

Rancho Vistoso and Sun City are about 40 percent of the Town’s population. We have been part of Oro Valley since 1987.  We pay taxes to support Oro Valley services and government. We pay HOA dues to support our so-called mini-parks. 
   
You can listen to the consultant’s presentation here and start listening 9 minutes 30 seconds into the meeting.  

You can also listen here to an Oro Valley Podcast with a Preserve Vistoso representative discussing how the vision presented in the Parks and Rec study does not meet the priorities voiced by the community.  

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VOLUNTEER FOR THE PRESERVE VISTOSO BOARD

October 28, 2020 -- In support of our mission, we are looking for new members for our Board of Directors who strongly support Preserve Vistoso’s goals. Please send us an email at PreserveVistoso@gmail.com if you’d like to discuss Board responsibilities or have any questions. A questionnaire is available here for you to express your interest in bringing your skills and passion to our board and we hope you’ll join us. We’ll interview candidates in December and announce the new Board members after our annual meeting on January 22, 2021.  

We are looking for volunteers who strongly support Preserve Vistoso’s goals and can commit to at least eight volunteer hours a month. In particular, we’re looking for the following skills or experience:

  • Nonprofit or HOA board experience

  • Experience working with local governments    

  • Legal background

  • Conservation and/or environmental experience

  • Nonprofit fundraising

  • Website development or CRM administration

  • Marketing or social media

  • Communications or public relations

 

NOVEMBER 12 MEETING VOICING CONCERNS

ABOUT PARKS AND REC PLANS FOR FUTURE

The consultant hired by Oro Valley, Michael Svetz from PROS Consulting, presented initial planning recommendations for the Town’s Parks and Recreation facilities on October 20. The meeting video is here. You can start listening to the meeting 9 minutes 30 seconds into the meeting.  

PROS Consulting presented maps showing that Oro Valley had not invested in recreational facilities north of Tangerine. Svetz highlighted service areas by “Equity Mapping” and included service area circles. These maps do not include most of Rancho Vistoso or Sun City (30 minutes, 45 seconds into meeting). If the Town accepts the conceptual plans presented, no new investments will be made in or around Rancho Vistoso or Sun City. In the presentation, Svetz also said that Rancho Vistoso micro-parks have little recreational value.  

Earlier this year, many of you participated in the initial survey of community needs. The top three priorities of our community are: Natural surface trails; multi-used paved trails; and open space conservation area/trails (12 minutes, 46 seconds into meeting). Outside of adding trails to Naranja Park and creating a performance area at Steam Pump Ranch, the consultant’s concept plans do not address these top ranked community needs. Svetz suggested plans focused on making improvements and adding amenities to the Town’s existing parks and facilities in the center of Town: The Community Center; Naranja Park; Riverfront Park; James D. Kriegh Park; and Steam Pump Ranch. There was no mention of the needs of senior citizens, some 49 percent of the Town’s population.  

There was an open community forum on November 12 at 6 pm about the Parks and Rec study.  We encourage you to participate and express your opinions about open space, trails and the lack of Oro Valley recreational facilities in Rancho 

Members of Preserve Vistoso packed Town Hall in January at the initial meeting for the Parks and Rec study. We said that the needs of Rancho Vistoso should be considered in this study. Apparently we were not heard, even though Rancho Vistoso and Sun City make us 40 percent of the Town’s population. That makes it important that we attend and speak at the November 12 meeting.  

If you have comments you’d like to share with the Town about the meeting, you can email ask@orovalleyaz.gov or email Town Council members.  



THANK YOU
Preserve Vistoso members have shown overwhelming support to preserve the Vistoso properties as a nature preserve and community trail. The Preserve Vistoso Board thanks you.   

 

Let your voice be heard.
Preserve Vistoso.

Let us know what you think, email us at:
PreserveVistoso@gmail.com 

Michigan Golf Course becomes Nature Preserve

An Example for our Efforts

Excerpted from: https://www.mlive.com/news/2020/07/former-harbor-springs-golf-club-reopens-as-290-acre-nature-preserve.html

Former Harbor Springs golf club reopens as 280-acre nature preserve

Updated Jul 06, 2020; Posted Jul 06, 2020