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Mayor and Council to review updates to Tucson Floodplain Management Plan, Floodplain Ordinance, and Levee Manual

Mayor and Council of the City of Tucson will hold a virtual public hearing on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, at or after 5:30 p.m. The public hearing will be conducted online.  You may view the public hearing at Mayor and Council will consider: update to the 2016 adopted Tucson Floodplain Management Plan, revisions to the Floodplain Ordinance, and a new City of Tucson Levee Manual. 

The final drafts of documents to be reviewed by Mayor and Council can be found here:

Paul's Note - October 30th, 2020

After the two in custody deaths of Carlos Ingram Lopez and Damian Alvarado, TPD opened up a process called a “Sentinel Event Review Board” which took a month to examine what went wrong in those cases. The analysis included everything from how our 911 center is staffed to how certain types of equipment are deployed to the attitudes and training of our officers.

People, Communities, and Homes Investment Plan (P-CHIP): New Website and Virtual Town Halls

WEBSITE LAUNCH AND UPCOMING VIRTUAL TOWN HALLS FOR P-CHIP - The People, Communities, and Homes Investment Plan (P-CHIP) creates a framework for investing in Tucson's most vulnerable populations. This plan will direct funding for homeless services, housing stability, neighborhood enhancements, and more. The plan is built on past community plans, current data, and broad public outreach.

New online building permit application and other technology changes

New online application for building permits to go live Monday, October 26

Customers will be able to use our new Online Building Permit Application form for most building permit submittals starting October 26.

This new process is part of a phased approach to help automate the intake of permits. It aims to reduce the time from application submission to permit initialization and allow for more immediate tracking of permit progress.   

Paul's Note - October 23rd, 2020

I maintain a list of links to city departments and community groups that you can find on my Ward 2 page. Sometimes I get requests from one group or another to put on that page.

I got one this week from Literacy Connects. Literacy Connects is going to be celebrating their tenth anniversary next year, but many of the groups that merged to form their organization had been doing fantastic work in our community for decades.

Downtown Links - Traffic Alert - October 22, 2020

Downtown Links Constructors (DLC), under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility have begun work on the Downtown Links project.

Motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians should anticipate intermittent lane restrictions throughout the limits of the project in addition to the following upcoming work:

On Friday, October 23, the intersection of Fifth Street and Echols Avenue will be closed. The temporary closure is scheduled to be in place for approximately four-weeks while a new sewer manhole is installed.

Buffalo Soldiers Memorial Ground Breaking - October 29


City of Tucson Ward 5 Council Member Richard Fimbres, the Greater Southern Arizona Area Chapter (GSAAC) of the Buffalo Soldiers, and Tucson Parks and Recreation will break ground on a memorial honoring the contributions of Black Americans when settling in Southern Arizona. The memorial is funded through donations to the GSAAC of the Buffalo Soldiers and funds from Tucson Delivers Parks + Connections, a 2018 voter-approved bond program..

Houghton Road - Valencia Road to Mary Ann Cleveland Way - Traffic Shift


Temporary asphalt paving on the east side of Houghton Road from Valencia Road to Mary Ann Cleveland Way is complete. Crews from Borderland Construction, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM), are scheduled to shift traffic from the west side of Houghton Road to the east side of the roadway at about 7 a.m. on Monday, October 26, 2020.


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