In the late 1980s, environmentalists and activists were moved by a Diamond Ventures proposal of the Rocking K Ranch to fight a development proposal that would have brought more than 20,000 homes on 6,300 acres, with four golf courses and four resorts in the Rincon Valley. Thanks to those who opposed the development, the plan is now at 3,223 homes on 2,047 acres with work scheduled to begin in 2008 or 2009. While this development remains questionable, considering no one knows how much water the development will take, there is a new proposal making its way through the Pima County Planning and Zoning Commission that has red flags of its own with shades of those early Rocking K Ranch days.
On Oct. 31, 9 a.m., the commission will hold a public hearing on the proposed Mission Peak development. If you remember the early Rocking K Ranch development of the late '80s, then go to this planning commission meeting. American Nevada, a Nevada-based development company, wants to build a 15,000-home subdivision near Sahuarita. Can you imagine the roof-tops in this subdivision? Can you imagine where a water source is for this subdivision? Neither can the developer, although they told county officials they are not interested in CAP, even though the proposed pipeline supported by Green Valley folks is going through the Mission Peak area and could easily provide a hook-up.
The planning commission meets in the Basement Meeting Room C of the County-City Public Works Building, 201 N. Stone Ave. Want more info, call the planning dept. at 740-6800.