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Neighbors organize to oppose east side development

Posted: 11:57 PM, Feb 26, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-27 01:57:44-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — Bill Conklin told KGUN9 he enjoys the scenic views near his home.

"People moved out here for the rustic nature of Tucson, that's why we're here. we don't want the city."

He calls the area, near Houghton and Tanque Verde, cowboy country.

"People are quite upset that the city is even considering developing this corridor."

Back in October, a potential developer told Conklin and his neighbors, what could be built here.

Since then, the neighbors have organized to stop that from happening.

"If somebody wants to build a couple of houses there fine, put them in but to put in 88 townhouses it's going to impact, visually, the area," Conklin said.

"It's just going to lead to more development that none of us want here."

The developer still needs the city to re-zone the area for that future development.

"There's a great deal of concern about traffic, congestion, flooding, pedestrian and school safety," said Pima County Supervisor Steve Christy.

Christy said he supports Conklin and his neighbors, but he said the ultimate decision about what happens there, lies with the City of Tucson.

Conklin said the next step is to speak with Tucson Mayor Regina Romero directly to protect this scenic route.

"Especially since it's the entrance to the Catalina Mountains and Mount Lemmon," Conklin said.

"Leave this pristine the way we want it to be."