Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Developer Donations Could Rule Tonight's General Plan Amendment Hearing

Some of the money that developers have poured into Oro Valley's Prop 454 election can be seen in action tonight as the Oro Valley Planning and Zoning Commission hears 3 general plan amendments [Agenda].

The amendments involve changes to the general plan. This is the general plan  that voters approved just last year. The plan took more than 2 years and several hundred thousand dollars to develop. It took thousand of person hours. It was thoroughly vetted. Yet, not even one year into its approval cycle, requests are being made and are being heard.

These are the requests:
  • Changing land destination in Innovation Park from commercial to medium density residential. This is proposed by developer Ford Acrewood, LLC - Anthem Equity Group, Inc. Theyonated $5,000 to YES for Prop454;

  • Taking 302 acres of state land on the western town boundary and designating it as a "Master Planned Community."
    Several developers might have an interest in this land, developers who contributed to YES. These includes Mattamy who donated $5,000, Don Diamond $5,000, Jeff Grobstein $5,000 (who told Town they needed to annex the land so they they had more room to build), and maybe even HSL $5,000.

  • Change land use in several areas of Rancho Vistoso.
    In one instance the change is from golf course to residential; in the other, it is from mixed used to medium density residential. This one is proposed by VWI Vistoso Development $1,000 and William Walker owner WLB Engineering $1,000
The meeting starts at 6PM in Oro Valley Council Chambers.