Thursday, June 23, 2022

Guest View-Tim Tarris: Our Beautiful Community

The Oro Valley Church of the Nazarene is seeking a rezone of their property to expand. 
The Oro Valley Church of the Nazarene has joined with Upward Sports and Fellowship of Christian Athletes to insert a commercial level sports complex into our residential neighborhood.

Upward Sports is an international multi-million dollar operation to blend sports with religion and partners with churches to do so. They are a 501(c)3 non profit that benefits financially from their programs.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes is an international multi-million dollar sports ministry and is also a 501(c)3 non-profit. There are multiple cases of litigation challenging their activities in public schools and the United States Air Force Academy. 

This video [below right] was developed by the Concordia/Buena Vista Group to present our neighborhood as it exists.

The Concordia/Buena Vista Group does not oppose the vision of the church or its partners, only the choice of location. The church and its partners are demonstrating a complete lack of compassion for the neighbor's views.

Installing a commercial level operation into a residential neighborhood would be devastating to the long time residents. These permanent changes include increased traffic, lighting, noise, non-Oro Valley participants, and overall unnecessary and unwanted disturbance to the existing neighbors. Residential property devaluation would be in the millions of dollars, and the emotional damage to these neighbors is unfathomable.

The clergy live on average five miles away. Very few of the congregants live within a mile of the church. Thus, it seems Ok to them to permanently alter a historical portion of Oro Valley to meet their needs. The 14 perimeter property owners (100%) have submitted in writing, to the town, their opposition. The entire area is zoned residential and has been before Oro Valley became a town.

The church has deliberately delayed town meetings and Town Council consideration until after the upcoming election in hopes of a favorable outcome. Two of the current council members attend the church and one candidate has proclaimed his membership. They are stacking the deck to get their way.

Please vote responsibly in the upcoming election to help preserve our neighborhood. We believe a favorable outcome can be had with the current council. Decades of quiet living should not be undone by non-residents.

Thank you.
The Concordia/Buena Vista Group