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City Council Approves New Urban Agriculture Guidelines

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.

City Council Amends Public Space Regulations

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.

Need Help Starting or Expanding a Business in Tucson? Call the Small Business Assistance Line

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.

Camp Lowell Drive - Swan Road to Columbus Boulevard


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.

Court Rejects Challenge to City Election

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.

Broadway Task Force Meeting This Week

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.

Volunteer to Help at Holiday Parade

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.

Green Infrastructure Maintenance Video

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.

City Manager Outlines Plan to Balance Budget

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.

Police to Use State Grant to Combat Aggressive Driving

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.


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