The Mayor and Tucson City Council last night unanimously approved an urban agriculture text amendment to the City’s Unified Development Code. It reduces barriers to raising backyard chickens and growing vegetable gardens, and it clarifies rules for community gardens and farmers markets. The amendment sets maximums on the number of animals allowed, based on lot size. The newly-adopted rules will come back for reconsideration after two years.
The Mayor and Tucson City Council last night passed several revisions to the Tucson Code that regulates the use of City parks, sidewalks, and the provision of services to homeless in the community.
Under the new rules, groups will need a permit to sell or distribute food at parks and nearby sidewalks. Permits will not be needed for distributing water, nor will they be required on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter.
After a nationwide recruitment, the City of Tucson has three finalists for the position of director of Tucson Water. The finalists were recommended by an assessment panel of water stakeholders representing citizens, City staff, and water and infrastructure professionals.
The 6th annual Veterans Conference will be held Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Tucson Police Department's Westside Service Center, 131 W. Miracle Mile.
The Small Business Development Center's (SBDC) Arizona Chapter, the City of Tucson, and other sponsors will offer speakers, success stories, and an expo room filled with more than 20 resources for veterans.
The City of Tucson's Small Business Assistance Line, (520) 837-4100, is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Help is available in both English and Spanish. Staff members from the City Manager's Office of Economic Initiatives answer the calls.
The Small Business Assistance Line is one of a number of City initiatives to make the City of Tucson more business-friendly, along with 21 business incentives, streamlined permit processes, and more.
On Wednesday, December 9, 2015, crews from Sunland Asphalt, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will lower manhole covers and water valve covers on Camp Lowell Road between Swan Road and Columbus Boulevard in preparation of an upcoming repaving project. Work hours for the utility lowering will be 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. During this work at least one travel lane in each direction will be maintained.
A challenge to the City of Tucson's Nov. 3 General Election was dismissed yesterday by a Pima County Superior Court judge. Republican City Council candidates Kelly Lawton and Margaret Burkholder filed the challenge, saying the judge should throw out the election results and declare them the winners or order a new election. The two lost in the citywide election, but say they would have won had the City used a ward-only election.
In his ruling, Superior Court Judge Gus Aragon said the candidates shouldn’t have waited until after the election was over to file their challenge.
The Broadway Citizens Task Force (CTF) meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 1200 N. Campbell Ave., just north of Speedway.
A presentation and discussion of the Draft Design Concept Report (DCR) will be held at the CTF meeting. The Broadway project team is continuing work on the draft DCR that will summarize and create a record of the roadway design planning work that has been done for the project and document the criteria that will guide the rest of the design process.
The 21st annual Downtown Parade of Lights will take place on Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. and will last approximately two hours. The parade is expected to have approximately 75 different entries with 1,500 participants.
Before the parade begins, people can enjoy a festival with games, music, food, live entertainment, and more.
Mayor Jonathan Rothschild’s Tree Lighting Ceremony at Armory Park begins at 4 p.m.
Renowned Tucson artist Diana Madaras will paint a portrait of Nandi, Tucson’s baby elephant, and you can help choose one of three photos she will use for the painting.
When you vote, you will be entered in a drawing for a print of the painting. Voting ends at midnight this Thursday and the winning photo will be announced Friday on Reid Park Zoo's website and Facebook page.
As the City of Tucson installs more green infrastructure along streets and on public properties, maintenance practices will need to be adjusted to fit the designed structures. Crews will need to know the difference between native plants, invasive plants, and excess volunteer plants. They also will need to know proper techniques for pruning.
To learn more, watch the video below.
The re-elected mayor and three members of the Tucson City Council took their oaths of office this morning for their new terms. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Council Members Regina Romero, Paul Cunningham, and Shirley Scott each were sworn in by different people.
After the inauguration ceremony, Council Member Karin Uhlich was chosen to serve as vice mayor.
Tucson City Manager Michael Ortega wants a long-term hiring freeze and plans to offer incentives for hundreds of employees to retire early.
During a Mayor and Council retreat last Friday, Ortega introduced several measures to bring a structural balance to Tucson's operational spending plan over the next two fiscal years.
The immediate hiring freeze would save the City about $12 million next fiscal year, with additional savings in early retirements, attrition, consolidations, partnerships, and other measures.
The Tucson Police Department (TPD) will be using a $75,000 grant from the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety to cut down on aggressive driving and other violations at six busy intersections. Enforcement will be conducted within a half a mile of the intersections or directly at them. There will be three deployments a week. Each deployment will last three hours and will have four motor officers on patrol through next May.