Picture Rocks

Picture Rocks residents fill the Community Center on Tuesday, Sept. 14. The audience overwhelmingly resisted plans for a proposed RV park on 75 acres of land on Tula Lane near the border of Saguaro National Park West. Main concerns include damage to local wildlife, natural resources, additional traffic on rural roads, and light and noise pollution. Jeff Gardner, Tucson Local Media

More than 100 residents overflowed the Picture Rocks (Ariz.) Community Center on Tuesday (Sept. 14), to voice their opposition to a proposed 200-site RV park on 75 acres near Saguaro National Park West, according to tusconlocalmedia.com.

The RV park would be located on Tula Lane, between Picture Rocks and Rudasill roads, on a lot that is currently undeveloped and less than a mile from the National Park’s border.

But before those plans can proceed, the Pima County Planning and Zoning Commission must recommend a zoning change from the current Medium Intensity Rural to Rural Crossroads land use designation and then recommend that the Pima County Board of Supervisors approve a rezoning to the Trailer Homesite designation specifically for an RV park. The parcel is currently zoned for 48 houses.

The proposal will go to the Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday, Sept. 29.

Tuesday night’s meeting came after Pima County Development Services recommended approval of the RV park’s initial plans for rezoning. Neighbors and concerned residents crowded inside the Community Center with picket signs like “No No No to Rezone” and “No RVs!” The residents’ main concerns included the environmental impact of an RV park, crowding of the small adjacent streets, and noise and light pollution.

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