AGENDA SPOTLIGHT: ZOO MASTER PLAN - At their study session this afternoon, M&C will receive an update from staff on the Reid Park Zoo Master Plan. As an accredited member of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, the zoo must undergo an extensive inspection every five years and meet strict requirements to maintain accreditation. One of the requirements for accreditation is a current Master Plan. With the opening of Expedition Tanzania in February of 2012, the majority of the items in the current Reid Park Zoo Master Plan were substantially complete. Updating the current plan will help guide development over the next several years and will also allow for a prioritization of future long-term projects, all while keeping the same conceptual vision that was set in the original plan. Read the M&C memo here. Read the Master Plan Update from Reid Park Zoo here. Story from KVOA here.
WORK TO BEGIN ON CONVERSION OF NORTH SIXTH AVENUE TO TWO-WAY STREET - Work is scheduled to begin this week on a project to convert the section of North Sixth Avenue between Fifth Street and Drachman Street into a two-way street. The project consists of slurry sealing, a pavement preservation method, followed by new striping and signage. The project is expected to be complete by mid-August. Read the news release from TDOT here.
CITY CONDUCTING SURVEY ON YARD SALE, PARKING RESTRICTIONS - Possible restrictions on the number of yard sales allowed per household, along with limits on parking large vehicles such as motor homes, are the subject of an online survey being conducted by the city Housing and Community Development Department. The survey closes Friday. From the Sentinel. Take the survey here.
COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR SUGGESTS WAYS TO SPEND UNALLOCATED FUNDS RESULTING FROM TAX HIKE - Last month, the Pima County Board of Supervisors approved a property tax increase of about 7 percent, which was slightly above the 5.5 percent increase recommended by County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry. The increase will result in about $3.9 in extra revenue. As a result, Huckelberry is recommending $744,000 in additional expenditure as adjustments to the Tentative Budget. These include increases to the Sheriff’s Deputy Uniform Allowance, and new funding for Green Valley’s Community Performance and Arts Center, the Southeast Shooting Range, the Ajo Chamber of Commerce, and the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation. About 41 percent of property taxes in Pima County are paid by taxpayers in the City of Tucson. From the Star. Read the memo from County Administrator Huckelberry here.
UA LAUNCHES FAST-TRACK DEGREE PROGRAM FOR REAL ESTATE DEVEOPMENT - The University of Arizona’s College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture (CAPLA) is launching a new degree program this fall. The Master of Real Estate Development focuses on sustainable and responsible development: public/private partnerships, transit-oriented development, and health and wellness. The program is aimed at those who wish to better understanding the real estate industry as a whole, as well as those who are or intend to be real estate developers. From UA News.