Thursday, June 9, 2022

Residents Ask: "Put Yourself In Their Shoes" on OVCN Rezoning Request

OVCN is a project that will forever change the character of "Old Oro Valley"
This is the second on our series on the remarks made to the Oro Valley Town Council by residents who want to continue to experience the “quiet enjoyment” of their home in the oldest section of Oro Valley. This is from resident Tim Tarris, addressing the town council in May.
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Remarks of resident Tim Tarris. Tarris addressed his remarks to the Oro Valley Town Council in April
Thank you Mr. Mayor, Vice-Mayor Barrett, Council and Town Officials.

My name is Tim Tarris and I live in Oro Valley directly across the street to the west from the Church of the Nazarene. I am speaking tonight against the church’s request for rezone and expansion on the basis of water usage.

The proposal calls for athletic facilities that are larger than Canyon Del Oro High school that adjoins their property to the east. There is no reclaimed water available at the site so potable water must be used for the proposed complex.

It is well known the western US has been in a drought condition for almost 20 years. Officials have begun using the term “aridization” to describe the drought. The three lower basin states are Arizona, Nevada and California.

Last week the Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation announced that they would be withholding 480,000 acre-feet of water from Lake Powell normally released into Lake Mead. Officials are anticipating further water cut backs in the future.

This directly affects the 336 mile Colorado-Arizona project which supplies drinking water to Phoenix and Tucson. The C A P is already suffering this year under a previously planned cut back in water.

In addition, experts are concerned that if water drops much lower in Powell and Mead, power generation at Glen Canyon Dam and Hoover Dam will be at risk.

I am not an environmentalist, but a realist. Oro Valley needs to carefully manage our precious resources and water is at the top of the list.

Please reject the proposed rezone and expansion requested by the church. 

Thank you
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