New Tucson Law Makes It Easier For Rezoning To Pass

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 - 4:25pm
Updated: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 4:07pm
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Sometimes the details of city planning and zoning can feel tedious, but they often have a big impact on our neighborhoods.

Right now there’s a controversy playing out in east Tucson about exactly this.

A state law that went into effect in August makes it harder for residents to force what is called a “supermajority” vote for rezonings.

In this case, neighbors had gathered enough signatures on a petition to require six city councilors to approve rezoning. But now, only four votes are needed.

That translates to it being much easier for rezoning to pass, and for a large grocery store to be built in an area that many residents don’t want.

Joining us now to explain more about this law and why this potential grocery store is so controversial is Tony Davis, a reporter with the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson.

Roy Johnson is a retired National Park Service scientist. He’s joined a group of concerned citizens who are protesting the building of a new Fry’s in Tucson.

"It would be a grave injustice to allow this plot of desert land to be turned into an urban heat island complete with sterile blacktop, interruption of the current wash that now runs through the plot and the hustle and bustle of city traffic and other problems as now planned by Fry’s" Johnson said.

The Tucson City Council is scheduled to vote on the Fry’s grocery store proposal Tuesday.

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