You may remember last week we mentioned that there is an opportunity to make your voice heard as planning gets underway for Jacobs Park. More than $3.6 million has been allocated to improve Jacobs Park amenities including playgrounds, ramadas, sports fields and courts, and irrigation as well as improvements to the pool and splash pad.
Residents will have additional opportunities to participate in some of the planning process. For example, Parks and Recreation will hold two public sessions to discuss priorities for Jacobs Park and the Ochoa Soccer Complex on North Fairview Avenue. There is also an online survey so that you can prioritize what improvements are important to you.
Park users and residents can currently take the survey until August 11. You can now find it online here. On July 28 residents can participate in a virtual public session, in English at 5:30 pm and in Spanish at 6:30 pm. The registration links for the sessions and more information are this link. That will be followed with an in-person gathering at Jacobs Park on Saturday, Aug. 7, from 9-10:30 am.
The August 3rd 2021 City of Tucson Primary Election is fast approaching! Wednesday, July 28th is the last day to mail back your ballot to ensure it arrives in time to be counted. All ballots must be in in hand in the City Clerk’s office by 7 pm on Tuesday, August 3rd to be tallied.
Below is a list of locations you can drop off your ‘voted’ vote-by-mail ballot, bring your vote-by-mail ballot, cast the ballot in person and drop it in the ballot box, or receive and vote a vote-by-mail replacement ballot.
If you need help or have any questions please call the City Clerk’s Office at (520) 791-3221.
Eviction Prevention Funds for Landlords
The federal eviction moratorium is set to expire next week on July 31. Applications are still being accepted for the Eviction Prevention Program in Tucson. This program is for landlords, too! If you are a landlord who have tenants who are unable to pay rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic, do not hesitate to begin the application on your tenants’ behalf.
Through the coordinated efforts of the City, County, and the Community Investment Corporation, both tenants and landlords/property managers (acting on behalf of tenants) can now apply for funds. Dual enrollment of tenants and landlords is accepted. Funding requests for unpaid rent and utilities are available for up to 12 months in arrears and three months in advance.
For information, eligibility requirements, and to apply online, visit the Tucson and Pima County Eviction Prevention Program. Those without internet access can call (831) 292-4308 to apply. Bilingual case managers are available.
Accessory Dwelling Units
As you may know, an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) is a smaller, independent residential dwelling unit located on the same lot as a stand-alone single-family home. Below are some examples.
Internal, attached, and detached ADUs all have the potential to increase housing affordability (both for homeowners and tenants), create a wider range of housing options within the community and enable seniors to stay near family as they age. On a policy level, there is a general preference for infill affordable housing development. It is perceived to deliver many positive social and economic benefits, such as neighborhood revitalization, neighborhood reinvestment, slower suburban expansion, and the re-creation of walkable, transit-oriented communities.
Currently the City’s zoning regulations make it difficult to build these units on most residential lots. The City has worked with stakeholders and the public to develop a recommendation for how to permit ADUs and create appropriate development standards to allow for them. The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on a proposed amendment to the Unified Development Code to allow ADUs on Wednesday, July 28 at 6 pm.
The study session meeting agenda and materials can be found on the Planning Commission webpage. The agenda, materials and instructions on how to join the Public Hearing are posted on this page. Planning Commission meetings are being held virtually over Zoom.
You can find out more in the links below:
You can submit written comments or request to speak at the hearing by emailing PlanningCommission@tucsonaz.gov.