For those that may not know it, the DRB is a group of seven volunteers that review & assess whether a developer is in compliance with the town codes as it concerns zoning, architectural standards and other rules.
As reported in The Az Star, after getting public input, the Town Council is expected to make a final determination on the status of the DRB sometime in Sept.
Keep in mind, regardless of any public input, the council will unilaterally determine what is best for the people of Oro Valley.
As for Mayor Hiremath, he has already made his determination, and although it may not serve the people of Oro Valley, the developers will love it.
Showing total disdain for the citizens, Hiremath had this to say to the Star reporter:
"The DRB decisions are sometimes subjective and anti-business, stifling new development that stands to benefit the town."
Hiremath states that "members are so persnickety about paint colors on building exteriors that they don't allow even tiny variations."
He hopes that the council "axes the review board."
From our standpoint, Hiremath would vote to allow Walmart, for example to paint their exterior a non-approved color palette. Hiremath would allow In 'n Out Burger to plant giant palm trees in violation of the town code.
Does anyone think that having staff do the work that a volunteer group now does is a cost saving to the town?
Keep in mind, the DRB works at the pleasure of the council, and it is the Mayor and six Council Members that make the final determination.
For whatever it's worth, I can tell you this for a fact: If Mike Zinkin, the ex-Chairman of DRB was mayor, there would be no way in the world he would vote to disband the DRB. Mike has more sense than to do that----and, additionally, he wouldn't have been beholden to any developers!