PUBLIC WEIGHS IN ON PROPOSED CHANGES TO URBAN AGRICULTURE IN TUCSON - Tucson residents had another chance last night to comment on proposed changes to the zoning code as it relates to urban agriculture. The City is in the process of modifying its zoning rules to revamp regulations on community gardens, farmers' markets, urban farms and the keeping of small animals. The foundation for the policy changes stem from Plan Tucson, the City's General and Sustainability Plan, which was ratified by voters last year. Adam Smith, principal planner in the City’s Planning and Development Services Department, says the new rules would set a standard for urban agriculture while preserving the quality of life in neighborhoods. City staff will present a revised proposal in August based on public comments. The proposed changes still need to be approved by the Planning Commission and the Mayor and Tucson City Council. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star. Learn about the City of Tucson's urban agriculture proposed farm animal rules (including chickens).
PROFESSIONAL GOLF TO UNDERGO CHANGES IN TUCSON AREA - The WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship won’t return to Dove Mountain in Marana next year, but a PGA Champions Tour event will take its place. The Tucson Classic will take over Omni Tucson National from March 16 - 22, 2015. Golfers will play for part of a $1.7 million purse. The Champions Tour is made up of former PGA regulars over the age of 50. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
BORDERLANDS TRADE CONFERENCE FOCUSES ON BUSINESS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BORDER - Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild recently convened hundreds of people to discuss best business practices on both sides of the Arizona/Mexico border. Tucson 12 has a video recap of the Tucson meeting.
PHOENIX VOTERS COULD FACE TWO PENSION QUESTIONS ON NOVEMBER'S BALLOT - Phoenix City Council members voted yesterday to study a plan that would make changes to reduce pension costs while keeping intact the City of Phoenix Employees' Retirement System, the pension fund for nearly 14,000 current and retired City workers. The debate comes as Phoenix's pension costs have soared to a projected $266.1 million next fiscal year, up from $35 million in 2003. At the same time, Phoenix has raised taxes and cut services to residents to balance its budget. Council members are expected to decide in the coming weeks whether to put the second reform package on the ballot. The first question already on the Nov. 4 ballot is an initiative that would close the City's pension system for new municipal employees and replace it with a 401(k)-style retirement plan. Read more from azcentral.com.
HOW TO REPORT TRANSPORTATION CONCERNS - Is there a pothole you'd like to see fixed? Is a street sign missing? Is a tree limb hanging too close over a roadway or sidewalk? You can report these issues to the Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), (520) 791-3154, or email the exact location to firstname.lastname@example.org. You also can use the SeeClickFix website and app.