TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) — On Tuesday evening, more than 100 people attended a community meeting to voice concerns about a proposed luxury RV park in Picture Rocks.
The 75-acre property is less than a mile from Saguaro National Park, making it an attractive location for visitors. It would include 200 RV sites, a swimming pool, spa, pavilion and pickleball court.
The land amendment was due to be submitted to the Pima County Planning and Zoning Commission last month, but after receiving widespread backlash, the landowner requested a one-month extension to seek further input from the piece.
Many owners say the area is not equipped for RV traffic or the changes the proposal would bring.
“Noise pollution, light pollution, traffic; these are my first three [concerns]said Dorthey Muchow, who lives less than 1,000 feet from the field.
“Animals,” said Dawn Hansen, who also lives within 1,000 feet of the lot. “We want to keep the animals there.”
Residents also worry about water and electricity supplies, safety (with a constant transient population near neighborhood parks), property values, and road wear and tear.
The land amendment will now go to the planning and zoning commission on September 29. If approved, a water, traffic and environmental impact study will have to be carried out. Then, the proposal will come back to the rezoning commission. The Pima County Board of Supervisors will have the final say, however.
“We’ll probably sit down together tomorrow and have a meeting and discuss the comments we’ve heard, what we think about it,” said Tom Guido, who represents the landowner. “Is it worth the effort? Or should we change direction based on the pushback we receive? »
The landowner bought the 75-acre plot in 2006. After developing hundreds of properties, he says he’s ready to retire and needs to consider his own finances as well.
The lot is currently zoned for 48 one acre homes. Picture Rocks residents who attended the meeting believe it better meets the needs of Pima County given the current housing shortage.
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