University area neighborhoods are seeking support for reconsideration/repeal of a recent Tucson Mayor & Council ordinance dealing with development of an area just west of the University. A petition is being circulated that must be completed by the end of March with more than 8500 valid signatures of registered voters. The wording of the petition is as follows:
CITY OF TUCSON – PETITION FOR REFERENDUM
OPTIONAL URBAN OVERLAY DISTRICT, 10968 MAIN GATE DISTRICT
To the Honorable Mayor and Council, and the City Clerk of the City of Tucson, State of Arizona:
We, the undersigned, residents of the City of Tucson, Arizona, and duly qualified electors therein, respectfully protest the passage, by the Mayor and Council of the City of Tucson at a meeting held on February 28, 2012, of the entire Ordinance No. 10968, set forth below, and petition that this ordinance be reconsidered by the Mayor and Council and, if not repealed at the time of such reconsideration, be referred to a vote of the qualified electors of the City of Tucson, Arizona, for their approval or rejection.
The grounds for the demand for this referendum are as follows:
- The UOD carves away 20 percent of the West University HistoricDistrict, allows seventeen high-rises up to 14 stories, and provides incentives to demolish historic residences.
- The City Council’s hasty implementation of the UOD bypassed existing rezoning mechanisms, including the West University Neighborhood Plan, the University Area Plan, and Tucson’s land use code.
- It makes no provision for using local developers, contractors, or workers.
It’s time to put the brakes on the flawed planning process that brought us Rio Nuevo, TCC, the underfunded modern streetcar, and the Infill Incentive District.
PETITION NUMBER: 2012-RF01
As lead neighborhood in this effort, the West University Neighborhood Association is seeking your support and specifically is seeking your help in obtaining signatures. Training in correctly carrying out the signature process is available.
To be a petitioner or otherwise assist in this effort, please contact any of the following:
- Bill Ford, 1227 North 3rd Avenue, 520-623-0364, firstname.lastname@example.org
- John Patterson 661-8742 or
- Val Little 237-9239 – Email: email@example.com
To sign the petition, please go to 22 E. University Blvd from 4-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or look for petitioners with clip boards at the Tucson Festival of Books on the UA campus or at other events around Tucson.