Thursday, November 20, 2014

Huge Potential Home Density Increase Considered Tonight By Oro Valley Planning and Zoning Commission

The proposed general plan amendment for property located along LaCholla has the potential for almost tripling the number of dwelling units now allowed. This according to a document prepared by the towns planning and zoning staff.

The property is located on La Cholla Boulevard and Naranja Drive, Northwest and Southwest.

Oro Valley Planning and Zoning staff has recommended approving this amendment. They based their conclusion on the following

" Factors For:
  1. The General Plan policies support the location of higher density intensity along or near major arterial streets. 
  2. The amendment will provide for the efficient use of the planned infrastructure expansion of La Cholla Boulevard. A moderate increase in density and intensity of development will provide an appropriate relationship with the expansion of La Cholla Boulevard.
  3. The overall residential density proposed by the applicant is generally compatible with the moderate density to the east along La Cholla. 
  4. The Low Density area, open space and one-story residential building height restriction will provide compatibility with the lower density area to the south and east
  5. The proposed development provides nearby commercial services and employment to area residents.
  6. The applicant has addressed the primary concerns of the neighborhood.
  7. The proposals are consistent with the General Plan review criteria
  8. The proposal are consistent with the Vison, Goals and Policies of the General Plan. 
Factors Against:
  1. Compatibility concerns have been raised by the residents to the east and south of the property.
  2. Market viability of commercial and senior care uses has not been clearly demonstrated by the applicant." (Source: Oro Valley Staff Report)
The Oro Valley Planning and Zoning Commission will consider this proposed general plan amendment tonight. This is the last of two hearings they will hold on the amendment. The amendment will then be heard by the oro Valley town Council in December. Approval of the amendment requires a super majority of counsel; that is, passage requires a minimum of five votes.

The amendment is being opposed by Citizen Advocates of the Oro Valley General Plan  Yesterday, they posted a guest view. Earlier this week, the Northwest Management Company alerted the Autumn Hill Homeowners Association of the proposed amendment.

The hearing tonight is in Oro Valley Town council chambers at 6 PM.


Richard Furash, MBA said...

The people who actually took a few minutes to vote in the recent town election chose to keep our current officials. In the years to come the consequences of this decision will be apparent, when the pristine open space of Oro Valley is gone. In a few years when people sit around a reminisce about how Oro Valley "used to be" maybe then they will realize the impact of just a few minutes. The current town council will not be satisfied until every open space is covered with cramped housing developments, large apartment complexes, and a CVS or Walgreens on every corner. Maybe we should have bought our house in Tucson so that this push to pavement wouldn't come as such a shock.

Richard Furash, MBA said...

Last night at the meeting, Greg Wexler, one of the developers associated with these developments, said that they wanted to turn LaCholla Blvd. into a "visually exciting experience." Then he mentioned Chipotle as a possible restaurant and Sprouts as a possible grocery store. Visually exciting??!!

Those who live in that area would prefer the "visually STUNNING experience" of the Sonoran desert that we currently enjoy.

Richard Furash, MBA said...

Some of us remember the Ritz slated for Stone Canyon - that turned out well, didn't it?

How about some of us get together and buy a DVD copy of "Glen Gary Glen Ross", and insist the OV council view it.

Richard Furash, MBA said...

Update: Oro Valley Planning and Zoning Commission approved these 2 amendments by a 6-1 vote.

Richard Furash, MBA said...

If this keeps up, I may have to find another place to live. Why are they taking away what makes OV such a great place to live?

Richard Furash, MBA said...

Is anyone aware of the STEM school that Amphi is planning on building? On Desert Fairway, at the Entrance of Hohokam Park. Meeting tomorrow night at Ironwood Ridge High 6:30. Letters were sent out to a "small" number of residents in the area let them know of these plans.

Richard Furash, MBA said...

The public hearing is November 25 at Ironwood High School at 6:30pm That is all we know.