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Nov 7, 2022

Get Involved with the Vistoso Trails Nature Preserve Planning Process

November 7, 2022—The Town of Oro Valley will be conducting meetings this month to develop a master plan for the Vistoso Trails Nature Preserve. Efforts will be led by the Sites Southwest team, a landscape architecture and planning firm. 


The following community engagement opportunities have been scheduled in November:


Tuesday, November 15

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting, 6 p.m.

11000 N. La Cañada Drive, Hopi Conference Room 


Wednesday, November 16

Community workshop, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  

Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W Naranja Drive

The open community workshop format will allow community members to stop when convenient to review the current property map, ask questions, and offer suggestions for proposed improvements and desired amenities.


Thursday, November 17

Community meeting, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

11000 N. La Cañada Drive, Oro Valley Council Chambers 

The community meeting will include a presentation of the initial Vistoso Trails Nature Preserve data collected by Sites Southwest. Following the brief presentation, community members will be encouraged to review the current property map, ask questions, and offer suggestions for proposed improvements and desired amenities.  


Additionally, a survey has been developed to gather public input to help plan and design a community-focused space that reflects the needs of Oro Valley residents. The survey will be available both online here and on paper copy through November 30. Paper copies will be available at the Oro Valley Community Center (10555 N. La Cañada Drive) and the Vistoso Trails Nature Preserve (945 W. Vistoso Highlands Drive). 


During the week of November 14, Sites Southwest will also meet with stakeholder groups including Town Council, Town staff, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, Preserve Vistoso, The Conservation Fund, area schools, and other community and conservation/preservation groups.


Master planning project timeline 

During November and December, Sites Southwest and the Town will conduct site research, data gathering, stakeholder meetings, and community engagement to create a report. The first Master Plan draft will be presented to the community, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and Town Council in early 2023. The final Master Plan draft will be presented to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and then Town Council for approval in April/May 2023.


To watch a video from Parks and Recreation Director Kristy Diaz-Trahan explaining the Master Planning process, click here. To follow the Master Planning process and view schedules, timelines, and completed documents, click here to visit our website, or visit orovalleyaz.gov and search Vistoso Trails Nature Preserve.