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Preserve Vistoso Pulse Published in 2019

Preserve Vistoso is 1,000 members strong -- We just reached our fall goal of 1,000 members. With your help, we can be on our way to having 2,000 members.  Members make us strong, so let’s see who we can recruit to join.  Joining is simple, and free! Just go to PreserveVistoso.org and click the Join button. To everyone who has helped us reach this milestone, thank you.   

 

Join the Board of Directors – If you want to support Preserve Vistoso even more, consider joining the 2020 Board of Directors.   An electronic application will be sent out to all members in the next couple of weeks. We’ll interview candidates in December and announce the new Board members after our annual meeting on January 22.

 

 

●  August 13, 2019 Edition

 

Can we see Romspen's plan?  - Romspen shared its concept, but not its development plan. The concept consisted of rezoning 109 of the 208-acre property into low, medium, and medium-high density housing. An engineering review must be completed and it is likely there will be significant changes. Rather than speculate on Romspen’s plan, Preserve Vistoso is focused on protecting the entire property. Our plan is to purchase and convert it to a nature preserve for the benefit of the community. Romspen told Preserve Vistoso that they hoped to have a residential development plan ready to share with the Rancho Vistoso community in the fall.
 

Has Romspen's plan been submitted to the Planning and Zoning Commission and Town Council? - As part of the Oro Valley rezoning process, Romspen must hold neighborhood meetings prior to formal submittal of the proposed project. Romspen told Preserve Vistoso that they hoped to have a plan to share with the community this fall. We will keep our members abreast of when it is the time to attend these meetings and write/email government officials regarding our desire to retain the existing recreational zoning.
 

Can you share details on the zoning process? - Yes. You can obtain a pdf document detailing the specific steps of the Oro Valley rezoning process by clicking this link.
 

Why would the Planning and Zoning Commission and Town Council agree not to rezone? - The property is presently zoned as recreational space.  Recreational zoning is consistent with the Oro Valley Planned Area Development and the Your Voice, Our Future General Plan. We need to unite as a community and keep the zoning as it currently exists. 

 

What happens to the donations to Preserve Vistoso? - All donations currently received go the general operating budget to cover items such as: 501(c)(3) application, legal advice, website hosting, communication materials, etc. We are a 100% volunteer organization; no salaries are paid. Once we advance our plan to purchase the property, a separate fund-raising campaign will be conducted. Financial information will be made public after our 501(c)(3) application is approved. We truly appreciate all those who have donated   and provided their support to get Preserve Vistoso off the ground and keep it operating!
 
What would Preserve Vistoso do with the property? - Preserve Vistoso is working on a plan to purchase the entire 208-acre property and move forward to protect the land as a nature preserve. It is too early to give specifics, but some ideas include converting portions of the property to a butterfly park, cactus gardens, humming bird sanctuary, exercise stations, hiking trails, and biking trails. Our goal is to retain the natural tranquility, spectacular scenery, and wildlife habitats that exist there today.
 
If we are able to buy the property, will the members have input on the design plan for the property?
Preserve Vistoso will ask for community input. We are hosting a series of Meet & Greet meetings and want everyone to attend. We also are planning HOA and neighborhood meetings starting this fall. You also can send you questions to PreseveVistoso@gmail.com 

I don't live on or near the former Vistoso Golf Course, why should I get involved in what happens to it? 

We are all part of the Rancho Vistoso community. Preserve Vistoso wants to retain recreational space as
outlined in the Rancho Vistoso Planned Area Development and the Oro Valley Your Voice, Our Future General Plan. The Rancho Vistoso community was not designed to have the additional 350-700 homes that could result. These additional homes stress our existing school system, roads/infrastructure, and increase traffic. Our goal is to retain the natural tranquility, spectacular scenery, and wildlife habitats that exist today. We want to provide a first-class amenity for the entire community; one worthy of the Vistoso name.

             ●  July 19, 2019 Edition

 

No Thank You! - This was Preserve Vistoso’ s response to Romspen Mortgage Investment Fund when they shared their conceptual plan to rezone 109 acres of the 208 acre property from recreational to a combination of low, medium, and medium-high density residences.

 

Retain Currently Zoned Recreational Space for Recreation - This is the desire of our membership and is consistent with the intended use of the property per the Oro Valley General Plan and Rancho Vistoso Planned Area Development (PAD) ordinances. The governing zoning regulations are aligned with our position and with community support we will persevere!

Your voice is important.  When the time is right, we want the Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC) and the Town Council to understand that we will unite behind common goals to:

 

     Retain recreational space.

     Keep existing zoning.

     Uphold the Oro Valley General Plan.

 

How do we stop zoning amendments? We understand the process and then unite our voice.   

Amendments to both the Oro Valley General Plan and the PAD must be submitted and approved.  

Neighborhood meetings are held before the Oro Valley PZC will propose accepting these amendments to the Town Council.

Oro Valley Town Council then approves, denies, or continues the application process. 

 

Stay tuned to learn how the Rancho Vistoso community can come together to preserve this breathtaking property.

 

Vistoso Nature Preserve – Since there are no potential buyers for The Vistoso Golf Club, Preserve Vistoso believes that it is in the best interest of our community to move forward to protect the land as a nature preserve.  Our goal is to retain the natural tranquility, spectacular scenery, and wildlife habitats that exist today.  We want to provide a first-class amenity for the entire community.  An amenity worthy of the Vistoso name. 

 

Purchase the Property – Preserve Vistoso is working on a plan to purchase the entire 208-acres of property.  A Task Force of skilled professionals will lead this effort.  Member volunteers are also working closely with land and wildlife conservation organizations to assist us in our vision and provide possible financial support.

What can you do to support recreational space vs. residential development?

Spread the word!  We are more than 700 members strong and growing. Volunteer – we need to establish neighborhood captains in all Rancho Vistoso neighborhoods.  Get your friends and neighbors to join, donate, attend one of our Meet & Greets.  The larger and more active our membership, the greater the influence, impact, and clout we will have. 

  • June 28, 2019 Edition

 

The Preserve Vistoso leadership team met with Romspen, the owner of the property that was formerly the Vistoso Golf Club. Romspen shared that it is working on plans to rezone 109 of the 208-acre property from recreational to residential use.  Another meeting with Romspen is scheduled for mid-July where we hope to get more details.  Look for the next e-mail issue of The Preserve Vistoso Pulse due out in mid-July for an update.

        

  ●  November 27, 2019 Edition:

 

Preserve Vistoso Granted 501(c)(3) Status! – Preserve Vistoso received the great news that we have been granted nonprofit 501(c)(3) status by the Internal Revenue Service! 

 

This tax exempt status allows Preserve Vistoso to accept tax-deductible contributions to continue its mission to retain recreational space for Rancho Vistoso and Oro Valley.  The tax exempt status applies retroactively to all donations made to Preserve Vistoso since February 1, 2019.  Consult your tax advisor on your individual ability to deduct contributions.

 

You can go to PreserveVistoso.org and click the Donate Now button at the bottom of the page to make your gift.  Together we can work to determine a better future for the Romspen golf course property.  

 

Opportunity to join the Preserve Vistoso Board – Reminder that we are accepting applications to join the Preserve Vistoso Board of Directors. Board members serve two-year renewable terms that expire in alternating years. Board Members from Cortona, Fairfield, Summit South, Stonegate and Vistoso Golf Casitas will continue for another year. We are looking for applicants from all other neighborhoods. In addition, we have the ability to add multiple representatives from a single neighborhood if they bring important skills such as previous experience serving on non-profit boards, fundraising, environmental, or legal experience. 

 

To apply for a Board position with Preserve Vistoso, go to our Online Application Form. Applications are due December 10th. New Board members will be selected by the current board and announced at the end of January.

 

Preserve Vistoso wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! 

●  November 4, 2019 Edition

 

Update on Romspen – Romspen said it would have rezoning plans to share with the community in the early fall, but we are still waiting to see these plans.  Romspen has indicated it will meet with Preserve Vistoso when plans are available.  We will keep you informed.   

 

Oro Valley Needs More Recreational Areas -- A recent survey by a leading conservation group puts Oro Valley near the bottom of the list of communities that provide easy access to a park or recreational area. The survey by The Trust for Public Lands, a non-profit conservation organization, says that in Oro Valley, only 15 percent of residents are within a 10-minute walk from a park.  The national average for communities is 54 percent of residents are within that 10-minute walk.   We believe, along with the experts, that access to nature and recreational space enhances the physical and mental health of a community as well as its livability.

Index to Pulse Issues and Other Emails to Members

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2021

September 9, 2021 - Oro Valley Town Council Approves Resolution to Proceed with Romspen Settlement

September 3, 2021 - CALL TO ACTION: Send Comments to Town Council by Tuesday Supporting the Vistoso Property Purchase

August 29, 2021 - The Conservation Fund Issues Update Regarding Negotiations to Purchase the Vistoso Property

July 12, 2021 - Town Council Confirms Commitment to Negotiations to Acquire the Vistoso Golf Property

June 14 2021 - Negotiations to Purchase Vistoso Golf Property at a Critical Stage

April 26, 2021 - Update on Negotiations to Purchase Vistoso Golf Property

April 10, 2021 - The Conservation Fund Issues Update on the Potential Acquisition of the Former Vistoso Golf Course 

April 5, 2021 - Attend and Speak at the 6:00 PM April 7th Oro Valley Town Council Meeting

March 14, 2021 - Attend the Wednesday, March 17 Town Council 6:00 PM Zoom Meeting 

March 1, 2021 - Attend and Speak up at the Wednesday, March 3 Town Council 6:00 PM Zoom Meeting 

February 1, 2021 - Need Your Attendance at OV Town Council Meeting - February 3, 2021 - 6:00 PM

January 4, 2021 - Support Town Council's Efforts to Negotiate Sale of Vistoso Property

2020

December 16, 2020 - Town Council Special Vistoso Property Meeting Called for Tonight

December 14, 2020 - Thank You Volunteers

November 23, 2020 Preserve Vistoso Responds to Inaccurate Comments at Town Council Meeting

November 20, 2020 - Oro Valley Mayor Joe Winfield Proposes Town Negotiate the Sale of the Vistoso Property

November 15, 2020 - Call To Action: Attend November 18 Town Council Meeting and Park & Rec Advisory Board Meeting November 17

November 11, 2020 - Notes from November 12 Meeting Voicing Concerns regarding the Town's Parks and Rec Plans Lack of Investment in Rancho Vistoso

October 28, 2020 - Attend November 12 Meeting to Voice Concerns About Park and Rec Plans for Future

October 28, 2020 - Volunteer for the Preserve Vistoso Board (Applications now closed)

October 14, 2020 - The Conservation Fund Clarifies Statements by Romspen Attorney

October 6, 2020 - Romspen Withdraws General Plan Amendment but Anticipates Re-application in 2021

October 1, 2020 - A Message from the Preserve Vistoso Board

September 30, 2020 - Rompsen Rejects TCF's Fair Market Value Offer

September 25, 2020 - Oro Valley Announces Possible Restart of Hearings in Romspen Application

August 12, 2020 - Now is Our Opportunity to Support TCF

August 1, 2020 - Preserve Vistoso and The Conservation Fund Partnership Update

July 23, 2020 - Vote in Arizona Primay Election on Tuesday, August 4

July 17, 2020 - Oro Valley Announces Postponement of Romspen Rezoning Application

July 10, 2020 - Reminder to vote for Oro Valley Town Council Members

July 5, 2020 - Register to Vote for Town Council Members by Midnight, July 6

July 2, 2020 - Introducing The Conservation Fund (TCF)

June 13, 2020 Update on The Conservation Fund's Interest in Acquiring the Former Vistoso Golf Course

June 4, 2020 - Rezoning Meeting Tonight, Council Voted also to Explore Purchase Assistance

June 4, 2020 - Message from Bayer Vella, Oro Valley Town Planning Manager, to Preserve Vistoso Members

June 1, 2020 - Town Council Meeting Considers Options for Former Vistoso Golf Course

May 22, 2020 - Plan to Participate in June Focus Area Neighborhood Meetings

May 11, 2020 - Call to Action - Paricipate in May 14 ZOOM Call

May 2, 2020 - Romspen Responses to Some of Your Questions

April 27, 2020 - Respond to Oro Valley Parks & Rec Online Survey

April 22, 2020 - Reminder to Send Emails to Town by April 23

April 18, 2020 - Keep Sending Concerns and Opinions to Oro Valley About Romspen Rezoning Plans

April 10, 2020 - Preserve Vistoso Board Sends Suggestions & Concerns to Oro Valley Officials

April 9, 2020 - Call to Action: email concerns to town by 4/23 about proposed re-zoning

April 3, 2020 - Town Plans to Hold Video Meetings Instead of In-person for Romspen Filing

March 30, 2020 - Romspen Files Application to Change the Zoning of the Closed Golf Course

March 30, 2020 - Oro Valley General Plan

March 17, 2020 - Reminder: Voice Your Opinion to Parks & Rec Wednesday at Safeway

March 14, 2020 - Call to Action: Voice your Opinions to Park & Rec Officials This Week at Safeway on Sunday or Wednesday

March 12, 2020 - Romspen Representatives Present Golf Course Conceptual Plan

March 8, 2020 - Meeting With Arizona Officials Highlight Available Acquisition Grants

March 1, 2020 - Update on Possible Romspen Rezoning Application

February 26, 2020 - Meet the Candidates for VCA Board of Directors

February 21, 2020 - Romspen Plans to File for Rezoning

February 18, 2020 - New Board Members, Wildlife Spotting on the Former Golf Course

February 3, 2020 - Parks Survey Participation Update

January 24, 2020 - Lettter and Statement from Preserve Vistoso President Michael Bilodeau

January 23, 2020 - Call to Action: Attend Public Meeting on the Parks and Rec Study on January 23

January 18, 2020 - Call to Action: Attend Public Meeting on the Parks and Rec Study on January 23

January 13, 2020 - Call to Action: Participate in Oro Valley Survey on Parks

2019

November 27, 2019 - Preserve Vistoso granted 501(c)3

November 4, 2019 - More Recreational  Areas needed in Oro Valley

August 13, 2019 - Romspen's Plan, Why Join Preserve Vistoso

July 19, 2019 - No thank you, Romspen

June 28, 2019 - Meeting with Romspen

May 31, 2019 - Task Force Organization