• October 1, 2020


On Wednesday, Romspen rejected The Conservation Fund’s (TCF) offer of the appraised fair market value for the 208-acre Vistoso property. As background, Romspen filed its rezoning proposal with the Town of Oro Valley in late March. During April and May, Oro Valley residents sent thousands of comments to the Town opposing Romspen’s application. During two of the four scheduled Zoom public meetings in May, you demonstrated total community opposition to the rezoning application. The Town Council voted June 3 to direct the Town Staff to pause the rezoning application and allow TCF to negotiate with Romspen to purchase the property.  

We need to demonstrate once again that our community opposes Romspen’s General Plan Amendment application.  Your comments to  ask@orovalleyaz.gov will become part of the public record as Planning and Zoning Commission on October 13 considers Romspen’s request to continue the rezoning public hearings. The Town Council is expected to vote on Romspen’s request for continuance in December, but we need to express our opinions now.    


Your first opportunity to tell the Town Council members why you oppose Romspen’s rezoning application will be October 7 at the Town Council’s Zoom meeting. The Vistoso property General Plan Amendment is not on the agenda, so we will be able to express our opinions at the start of the Council meeting. Here is information on how to participate:

CALL TO AUDIENCE – At this time, any member of the public is allowed to address the Mayor and Town Council on any issue not listed on today’s agenda. Pursuant to the Arizona Open Meeting Law, individual Council Members may ask Town Staff to review the matter, ask that the matter be placed on a future agenda, or respond to criticism made by speakers. However, the Mayor and Council may not discuss or take legal action on matters raised during “Call to Audience.” In order to speak during “Call to Audience” please specify what you wish to discuss when completing the blue speaker card.   

You will need to request a blue card and indicate that you want to talk about the Vistoso property rezoning application. Here is how you request a blue card:

  1. Send an email to bluecard@orovalleyaz.gov or

  2. Call the Town Clerk's office at 520-229-4700

If you would like to view the entire Town Council agenda for October 7, you can click here


We do not have the agenda for the Planning and Zoning meeting on October 13, but we expect that Romspen will request a continuance of its General Plan Amendment.  We hope you will send your comments to ask@orovalleyaz.gov.  You can find Romspen’s application information at http://OVprojects.com  under General Plan Amendments. Once we have more information on the meeting, we will let you know.  


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.

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