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  • Supervisors approve 'bicycle ranch' project

    Jul 02, 2019 | Read More News
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    The Pima County Board of Supervisors Tuesday, July 2, approved a conditional use permit for a bicycle-themed minor resort adjacent to Saguaro National Park East. 

    The permit would allow owners of the property located at 3700 S. Old Spanish Trail at Escalante Road near the entrance to Saguaro National Park to construct a 49 guest-room resort on the 19-acre parcel. The owners intend for the minor resort to serve bicyclists, as the property lies adjacent to a popular route for cyclists. 

    Approval of the proposed development included a list of 17 special conditions, adopted to address the concerns of neighbors and other interested parties that were expressed at a Conditional Use Permit Public Hearing on April 4.  Special conditions include:
    • At least 50 percent open space with 30 percent of the entire site which will remain natural open space
    • No on-street parking will be allowed within public rights of way at the location
    • Any two-story casita structures will be limited to 25 feet tall
    • Outdoor sound amplification or public-address systems are not allowed
    Additional conditions offered by the Tucson Audubon Society and National Parks Conservation Association were also adopted.  The planned resort also would have some amenities open to the public, including a bicycle repair and sales shop and café. Other amenities would be for resort guests only. 

    About 40 people spoke at the call to public portion of the Board of Supervisors meeting to express support and opposition to the conditional use permit.