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Pima County Supervisors approve plan for 'bike resort' near Saguaro National Park East

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Posted at 2:37 PM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-03 01:22:28-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — A planned resort for bicyclists near Saguaro National Park East is moving forward.

The Pima County Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted 3-2 to approve a permit for a "bike ranch" on a plot of undeveloped land on the 3700 block of Old Spanish Trail.

Supervisors Bronson and Elias voted against the proposal.

Plans for the resort say it would have 49 rooms on a 19-acre plot and cater to cyclists. Its proximity to the park would be part of its appeal, developers say, but a group of concerned citizens say it's too close and would disrupt wildlife and nature in the area.

Some amenities, like a bicycle repair shop and a cafe would be open to the public. Others would be for resort guests only.

RELATED: Neighbors push to stop bike ranch near Saguaro Park

Developers tried to get a different plan for the bike ranch approved five years ago, but residents opposed that plan and Pima County rejected it.

The Planning Department for Pima County had recommended the new plan be approved.

Developers have released renderings of what the bike ranch would look like, but so far have not announced a date they plan to start construction.