Preserve Vistoso Pulse Published in 2021 July - December
July 12, 2021
TOWN COUNCIL CONFIRMS COMMITMENT TO NEGOTIATIONS TO ACQUIRE THE VISTOSO GOLF PROPERTY
July 12, 2021-- The July 7th Oro Valley Town Council meeting included an agenda item discussion on progress toward the purchase of the Vistoso Golf Property to preserve it as open space. The Mayor opened the agenda item with request for community comments. Several members of our community voiced concerns about our desire to see the purchase of the Vistoso Golf Property completed. Those comments were excellent and represented our community’s frustration that the deal to purchase the property has not been reached. Listen to those comments beginning 32 minutes into the meeting https://orovalleyaz.new.swagit.com/videos/128706.
After the community comments, Town Council members met in an executive session. Following that meeting, Mayor Winfield asked the Town’s lawyer, Jonathan Rothschild, to read a statement on behalf of the Town Council members. His statement begins at 53:30 minutes into the meeting https://orovalleyaz.new.swagit.com/videos/128706
Rothschild said that Town Council members have been limited to what they could say about the negotiations because of confidentiality agreements and the potential for litigation. He said that the Town, The Conservation Fund and Romspen have been involved in strenuous negotiations for the sale and purchase of the Vistoso Golf Course to preserve it as open space and that all parties are negotiating in good faith. He indicated that Romspen has provided its expected combined sales price for the six acres zoned as high density residential and the 202 acres zoned as recreational. Progress has been made in negotiations for the six acres by a private developer.
As to the 202 acres we hope to see preserved as a nature preserve, Rothschild said Romspen has acknowledged that The Conservation Fund is limited to paying no more than the appraised amount for that property. A completed new appraisal should be available by early August. The Conservation Fund has agreed to pay the appraisal price for the 202 acres and preserve it as a dedicated conservation area.
Rothschild then said that if the appraisal price for the 202 acres is less than Romspen’s “agreed on” price, the Town and the Council Members agreed unanimously to continue further negotiations in an attempt to resolve outstanding disputes with Romspen in an effort to complete the purchase of the property. He said that if an agreement could not be reached, the Town Council will continue to review all legal options and weigh the benefits and risks association with those options. Rothschild repeated that he could not go into detail about the negotiations but that he was informing us about the process and where negotiations stand.
Preserve Vistoso is encouraged that the Town Council publicly reaffirmed its commitment to our community to insure that the Vistoso property is preserved as open space. We will keep our members informed as we learn more about the progress of the negotiations.