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TRRG February 2020
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Tucson Residents for Responsive Government

TRRG – FEBRUARY 2020

TRRG 6th ANNUAL MEETING – PLAN TO ATTEND

Monday, March 30, 2020, 6:00-8:00pm

Ward 6 Community room, 3202 E First St

Celebrating Collaboration”

Keynote Speaker, Mayor Regina Romero

The TRRG 6th Annual Meeting will feature Mayor Regina Romero as the keynote speaker. The Council Members have also been invited to give some brief remarks about their thoughts on how to collaborate with city residents.

The Annual Meeting is also when we elect our Board of Directors.

Barbara Lehmann and I are the Nominating Committee this year. We are actively seeking nominees for 3 open seats on the BOD. To nominate a TRRG member or self-nominate, send the name to me by March 2, 2020 at poulosbt@email.arizona.edu. Three current Board members who will be running for another 3yr term are Kris Yarter, Joan Hall and Ruth Beeker. The full slate of Board nominations (with bios) will be posted on our website at https://tucsontrrg.org/about/ by March 16, 2020.

This meeting is also the time when we celebrate our successes, decide on focus topics for the coming year and collect yearly $10 dues. Plan to join us on March 30th. Join us for dessert and pay your dues from 5:30-6:00pm. The official program starts at 6:00pm.


Your Input is Needed

Attend the Mayor & Council meeting and send in comments

Public Hearing, Wednesday, Feb 19, 2020. Mayor and Council meeting starts at 5:30pm at City Hall, 255 W. Alameda.

Item #8: Amending (Chapter 23B) The Unified Development Code Relating to Plan Amendments and Rezoning "allowing the option for the plan amendment process and the rezoning process to run concurrently." https://www.tucsonaz.gov/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=1988&doctype=AGENDA.

TRRG’s official opinion is in support of a concurrent Plan Amendment-Rezoning process, providing there is no reduction in the number of neighborhood meetings.

Currently a Plan Amendment requires one neighborhood meeting and a Rezoning request requires one neighborhood meeting.

Under the staff recommendation only a single neighborhood meeting would be required for a concurrent process with both the applicant and staff present to explain the project, the process and to gather input. It provides little opportunity for neighbors to absorb the information and make informed comments before the project moves forward to the Planning Commission and Zoning Examiner.

TRRG believes this reduction in neighborhood meetings gives less opportunity for meaningful input from residents who often do not have the knowledge or experience to assess changes to their Neighborhood or Area Plan in context of the project that is being proposed. The staff proposal provides the development community with an expedited process while minimizing the opportunity for neighbors to have deliberative and informed input into the plans being presented to them.

Send your comments to the Mayor and Council by Tuesday, Feb 18, 2020.


Thank you TRRG members for your continued work and support in creating a better community.

Sincerely,

Bonnie Poulos, TRRG Chair



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