Five years, five applications, four denials, three lawsuits,
and here we are
facing the commercialization of the Buffer Zone and
entrance to a National Park.
This website will monitor the bike ranch development and any other proposal affecting the Buffer Zone.
Check the "updates" page for the latest info.
When things start to develop, we will also maintain social media pages.
SOME TIMES DEVELOPMENT IS JUST WRONG,
but it takes a sage and forward-thinking planning department and board of supervisors to see that.
• The degree to which the public is handicapped in land use issues is also just wrong.
• The degree to which two county individuals have total influence in land issues is indefensible.
NOTHING PROTECTS HOMEOWNERS AND SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK
SR zoning includes 18 conditional uses, many of which are commercial and high-density.
BOZO does NOT APPLY to any parcel under 25 acres.
Pima County and its pro-development bias is reverting to the mid-1980's when they nearly lost local zoning control through referendum and examination by state legislators.
In the mid-1980's, and "...Sobered by the near loss of local zoning control through referendum and examination by state legislators, Pima County appointed a diverse group of local developers, environmental activists, biologists, realtors and agency officials to prepare a zoning ordinance to encourage more ecologically sensitive development near the protected areas of the Tucson Basin. After nearly two years of investigation, debate, and compromise, their efforts resulted in a proposal that came to be known by its unfortunate acronym, BOZO: the Buffer Overlay Zone Ordinance. BOZO addressed a wide variety of concerns including prohibited and recommended landscape plant species; night lighting and sunlight reflective standards; minimum percentage of open space; riparian habitat protection; and minimum setbacks from the boundaries of the protected natural areas.
Eventually, in June 1988, a paper-tiger version of this ordinance was approved. Rather than providing any meaningful protection for park ecosystems and any certainty for landowners, the compromise on BOZO only heightened the conflict and polarization over development adjacent to sensitive desert lands. Following this effort, a vocal and frustrated anti-growth constituency emerged to challenge new development proposals in the Tucson Basin.
Integrating Conservation and Development: A Case Study of the Rincon Institute, Luther Propst, 2000 symposium.