Supervisors strip development plan from SW-side project

2014-08-18T18:15:00Z 2014-08-19T09:32:13Z Supervisors strip development plan from SW-side projectBy Jamar Younger Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 Monday to void a previously approved development plan by a longtime Tucson developer and strip the land southwest of Tucson of its plat.

The vote came despite the objections from Joseph Cesare, a partner in the company responsible for developing Star Valley, an ongoing residential project near West Valencia and South Wade roads.

Supervisor Ally Miller cast the lone dissenting vote.

Monday’s vote began the process of stripping the land of its plat, which could take up to 120 days, said County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry. A plat refers to a survey of the area of planned development identifying property boundaries, easements, flood zones, roadways and rights-of-way.

Cesare, who is suing the county, tried unsuccessfully last week to get a judge to block the board’s’ vote until after the lawsuit is decided.

The conflict stems from a disagreement over who is responsible for making roadway and other infrastructure improvements in the neighborhood.

According to the county, the developers agreed to make the improvements as part of getting plans approved for the property in 1987.

The county has taken issue specifically with the non-completion of an extension of Camino Verde, which would create a second entry to the neighborhood.

The developers say they have already invested more than $8 million in roadway improvements and risked considerable losses if the supervisors voted to have the area replatted.

Adriane Hofmeyr, an attorney representing the developers, said the county was attempting to “extort roads from the developer based on untrue allegations.”

The developers also claim the county has collected more than $5 million in impact fees, but Huckelberry said the money is dedicated to widening Valencia Road.

Painted Hills

Pima County finalized a purchase agreement for a 286-acre parcel in the west-side Painted Hills area.

County officials had asked the board to approve an agreement to buy the coveted land from the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System for $7.5 million, including a $3 million down payment, according to Star archives.

The board voted 4-1 Monday, with Supervisor Ally Miller dissenting.

With the vote, the county has reached its goal of preserving Painted Hills, which is between West Speedway and Anklam roads, west of Greasewood Park. The county intends to connect the area with Tucson Mountain Park to its west.

The county will use money from a 2004 open-space bond program for the down payment.

Five payments of about $1 million would follow, which includes 5.75 percent interest, according to Star archives.

The county is hoping to pay the balance of the cost with money allocated for open space from a possible November 2015 bond election.

If that option fails, then the money could come from a special environment fund the county shares with the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort, funded with sales revenues from the resort.

Contact reporter Jamar Younger at jyounger@azstarnet.com or 573-4242. On Twitter @JamarYounger

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