The Oro Valley Town Council voted on May 18 to take another look at a proposed rezoning measure that would allow St. Mark Catholic Church to exceed set height limitations to build a new facility for a growing congregation.
During the May 4 council meeting, the council voted to approve the rezoning request, but set building heights of 28 feet, and tower heights of 35 feet.
The church is asking to expand facilities at 2727 W. Tangerine Road with a 35-foot building and a tower proposed on the sanctuary at 45 feet.
The current height limits for buildings in the area is 18 feet.
Nearby residents spoke against the height, stating it didn’t fit the neighborhood.
Council members Tom Hornat and Barry Gillaspie asked the council to reconsider the issue. During the May 4 meeting, the council had discussed the issue after more than three hours of going over the budget.
“It was a difficult night, and I’m not sure we gave this the consideration we should have,” Hornat said. “I had no problem with it when (Planning and Zoning) approved it. I’m not sure why I did here.”
The council voted to reconsider the issue at a future council meeting. Members promised nearby residents would be contacted and given another opportunity to address the council again.
Mayor Satish Hiremath commended the council for being willing to reconsider the issue.
In other business, the council unanimously approved an Electric Vehicle Host Agreement with the Ecotality company.
With the agreement, a total of four, electric-vehicle charging stations will be installed in the Town Hall lot underneath the solar-covered parking section.
The charging stations are intended for public use; one will be designed for use by disabled residents.
In a contract that Councilman Steve Solomon called “to good to be true,” the town will have little responsibility under the grant-funded program.
The main responsibility for the town is to keep the stations clean.
Ecotality received a $99.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to build the charging stations in Arizona, California, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington.
After one year of the test program, the Town of Oro Valley can choose to purchase the charging station units for $1 and collect revenues to ensure cost recovery, enter into another agreement with Ecotality or remove the stations.
To end the three-hour meeting, the council also approved several measures to establish a conceptual design review board and amend the conceptual design review process for incoming developers.