Paul's Note - August 6, 2021

There have been several new greenway projects in Tucson. There is one coming up here in Ward 2 that you’ll have a chance to weigh in on. 

The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation is asking for your help developing a master plan for the Robb Wash Greenway. Robb Wash is a natural drainageway. It headwaters near the intersection of Houghton Road and Old Spanish Trail and flows northwest until it joins the Tanque Verde Wash. This Robb Wash Greenway Master Plan addresses a portion of the overall wash corridor from just south of Broadway Road near Jesse Owens Park to the Tanque Verde Wash, a distance of approximately 2.5 miles. The concept of a multi-use linear park or greenway along this stretch of the Robb Wash is mentioned in the 2010 Pima Regional System Trails Master Plan. 

The Master Plan will ultimately develop a conceptual layout for the Robb Wash Greenway along the entire proposed alignment.  

Many of the greenways and parks connections that have been done in the past few years have been funded through the parks portion of the Proposition 407 bonds that voters passed in 2018. This project, however, was not listed as part of the bond program. The city is looking at other ways to fund the greenway, including in-lieu fees from developers. 

There are 3 opportunities to provide feedback on the proposed master plan.  One is an in-person meeting at the Jesse Owens Park (400 S Sarnoff) parking lot on the East side of the park from 9 – 10:30 am on Saturday, August 14. There will be coffee and donuts. 

There will also be a virtual meeting on Tuesday, August 17 at 5:30 pm. You can find out more about how to join at https://www.tucsonaz.gov/robbwashgreenway. You can also take the survey online at that same link. Survey will close on Sunday, Aug. 29 at 11:45 pm. 

Time is running out to apply for the Pima County Assessor’s Senior Property Valuation Protection program. The deadline to apply for the Senior Freeze program is Sept. 1 at 5 p.m. The program enables qualified seniors to have the limited value of their primary residence frozen, in three-year increments, to protect against the potential of an increasing real estate market. It does not freeze the full cash value or the tax rates. The tax amounts may still fluctuate based on the tax rates set by the Pima County Board of Supervisors. The program is open to Pima County homeowners who are 65 years old or older and meet the program’s requirements. Some of these requirements include having the applicant’s name on the title of the property, the applicant must have lived and owned the home for at least two years prior to applying for the program, and the household income from all sources, including non-taxable income, cannot exceed $38,112 for a single owner or $47,640 for two or more people who contribute to the household income. To learn more about the program, visit https://www.asr.pima.gov/ValuationRelief/SeniorProtection

Tucson Water is conducting an online poll to understand how its customers conserve water. The survey only takes about two minutes to share how you save water inside and outside your home. You can also share personal tips and stories about conserving water. The poll closes Aug. 25. 

The poll can be found at: https://www.research.net/r/TWconserve