Town of OV seeks input on overlay district

The Town of Oro Valley is seeking input regarding a proposed design review process change in Rancho Vistoso Neighborhood 3 (also known as Innovation Park) on the northwest corner of Oracle and Tangerine. See map below.

The project entails the establishing of an overlay district and a zoning code amendment to provide an administrative review and approval process for development projects within Innovation Park.

The overlay district would result in an expedited, streamlined design review process that creates an incentive for industrial and employment development in Innovation Park, ultimately supporting the Town’s economic development initiatives.

“The proposed overlay district demonstrates our commitment to expanding the bioscience corridor,” said Mayor Satish Hiremath. “These corporations are looking at Oro Valley, and a streamlined development process will give us the edge over competing locations.”

A meeting for residents and the general public will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 29, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Ventana-Roche cafeteria, 1910 E. Innovation Park Drive. An overview and timeline of the project will be presented, and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.

Subsequent to these meetings, a public hearing will be scheduled with the Town of Oro Valley Planning & Zoning Commission for further consideration of the overlay district.

CDO baseball to host golf Tournament

The Canyon Del Oro High School baseball team is planning its annual golf tournament for Sept. 9 at 1 p.m.

There will be a shotgun start at the exclusive Oro Valley Country Club, located at 300 W. Greenock Dr.

The entry fee includes a BBQ dinner. The cost is $400 for a foursome, or $100 per player.

To only attend the BBQ dinner and a silent auction, the cost is $20 per person.

CDO is still looking for event sponsors to help host the fourth-annual event.

For more information, contact Caroline Auza, president of the CDO Baseball Booser Club, at 241-7174.

OV Police 
and Target to participate 
in National 
Night Out

The Town of Oro Valley Police Department, Town of Oro Valley and Target Corporation are sponsoring “National Night Out,” a special crime/drug prevention event held annually since 1983 in communities all over the U.S. and Canada with more than 36 million people participating since 1983. The event focuses on safety, especially for children.

Join in the fun, exhibits and demonstration on Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Target Shopping Center, 10555 N. Oracle Road.

There will be music, popcorn, prizes, food, face painting and valuable safety information for everyone. Parents and children will learn about safety in regards to fire, water, Internet, poison, drugs and much more. In addition, the Community Food Bank will be accepting food donations.

As part of the program, there will be a Safety Art Contest for youth in three age groups. The theme is “What crime prevention means to me?” Each child should draw and color what they believe is a good example of safe practices related to crime and drugs. Parents are encouraged to allow their children to use their imagination.  

Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each of the following age groups: up to 8 years, 9-12 years and 13-18 years. The judges will include Oro Valley Police Chief Danny Sharp, Golder Ranch Fire District Chief Randy Karrer and Erik Collins from the Target Corporation.

The art drawing must be submitted by Sept. 22 at the Oro Valley Public Library, Children’s Room or Teen Zone.

Winners will be announced at the event. For more information contact  Officer Lopez at 229-5085.

Foothills Club of Tucson announces 2012-13 board

The Foothills Club of Tucson, a local 501(c)(3)non-profit, charitable organization of local business people, has selected its Board of Directors for 2012-13.  The club’s purpose is to raise and distribute funds to children/youth groups in Southern Arizona. Its main fundraising events include a Valentine’s Dinner/Dance in February and golf tournament in May, both at Skyline Country Club.  Last year, the club distributed over $20,000 to local groups, including (but not limited to): Autism Society of Greater Tucson, Integrative Touch for Kids, Southwest Institute of Science, Boys & Girls Clubs, Operation Smile, Nourish, Desert Dove Farm, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Intermountain Centers for Human Development and the Wounded Warrior Project.

The newly-elected Board of Directors, serving July 2012-June 2013, are:

President - Marc Bleaman, Bleaman Law Firm, P.C. 
Vice President - George Couston, Clarke Custom Homes
Secretary/Treasurer - Justin Martinez, National Bank of Arizona
Information Officer - Ed Alexander, KVOI/KCEE Radio
Membership Chair - Kim Kennedy, Richard Kennedy, CPA 
Networking Chair - Tony Williams, Williams Technical Services
Giving Chair - Chrissy Frey, Frey Financial
Social Chair - Ed Lochhead, Roadrunner Auto Glass/Tinting

The Foothills Club of Tucson, comprised of 45+ local business and civic leaders meets the second Friday of each month 12:30 p.m. at Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort.  

For more information, visit

Marana To HolD Citizens Police Academy

In an effort to encourage a greater knowledge of its many functions and services, the Marana Police Department is bringing back its Citizens Police Academy this fall.

The interactive program is open to anyone who is at least 18 years old (or enrolled as a junior or senior at Marana High School), passes a background investigation, including a criminal history check, and lives or works in Marana.

The 10-week program starts Sept. 12 and sessions are held Wednesdays from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Visit for more information or to register. The deadline is Aug. 22.

Participants will have opportunities to learn more about the police department’s crime scene, K-9 and patrol units and an introduction of command staff, among many other functions. The department held its most recent Citizens Police Academy in March 2010.

For more information, contact Officer Lori Sheppard at 382-2051.

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