April 2014 Pima County Planning and Zoning Boards Update

This is a monthly report of action taken at the meetings of the Pima County Board of Adjustment, Hearing Administrator, Design Review Committee, and Planning and Zoning Commission. This report also includes important Pima County Board of Supervisors actions relating to land use and zoning. This previous post explains the functions of each county board.

  • Board of Adjustment
    On April 15, 2014, the District One Board of Adjustment heard a variance request to allow a permanent occupancy of a guest house. On April 23, 2014, the District Two Board of Adjustment heard an application to reduce the front and rear setbacks for a piece of CI-1 property to effectively zero. This is an interesting staff report regarding a guest house issue the District Four Board of Adjustment heard on April 8, 2014. Districts Three and Five are a bit behind in their internet posting of their actions. Such posting is not required by law, but in this day and age the public [ed: this public] can and should expect a bit more from our public officials.
  • Hearing Administrator
    Nothing new has been posted here.
  • Design Review Committee (DRC)
    On April 17, 2014, the DRC considered two applications related to the sometimes-hotly-contested Hillside Development Zone (HDZ).
  • Planning and Zoning Commission
    Two rezoning cases raised few hackles at the April 30, 2014, meeting. The two staff reports, though, show how conditions on rezoning can sometimes give rise to litigation. The reports contain a total 30 combined conditions for the rezoning of the property, and the Commission's overreach in imposing those conditions give rise to claims of improper zoning exactions.

The Pima County Board of Supervisors on April 1, 2014, sitting as the Pima County Flood Control District Board, considered a motion to approve the Rosemont Copper riparian habitat mitigation plan. On April 8, the Board considered a resolution "seeking full mitigation for damages and costs to Pima County that result from the construction and operation of the West Route Alternative for the Kinder Morgan Sierrita Pipeline." On April 15, the Board considered a resolution to pay a property owner $1,000 for right of way and attendant easements for the Valencia Road improvement project.