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    Special Area Policies - General Location and Policy

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    Special Area Policies (SAP) are one of the two types of mapped plan policies (along with Rezoning Policies (RP), covered in a following section of this chapter.  SAPs apply to sites typically composed of multiple parcels that share a unique physical feature or location over a relatively large area. They overlay larger areas such as transportation gateways into metro Tucson, significant floodplains, or areas covering a significant portion of a planning area carried forward from a previous (rescinded) area, neighborhood, or community plan.

    They are used to help guide the creation of rezoning conditions, but also may serve as general policy for the area they cover such as the Community Development Target Areas.

    Special Area Policies are labeled as “S” and are numbered individually on the plan’s land use maps. In parenthesis next to the policy title is the referenced map in which the special area lies.

    Key to abbreviations Comprehensive Plan Planning Areas

    Abbreviation Planning Area
    ALV Altar Valley
    AV Avra Valley
    CF Catalina Foothills
    C Central
    MV Mountain View
    RV Rincon Valley
    SE Southeast
    SP San Pedro
    SW Southwest
    T Tortolita
    TM Tucson Mountain
    USC Upper Santa Cruz
    WPC Western Pima County

    S-1 Reserved

    S-2 Catalina Foothills (CF)

    General location

    North of E. River Road, west of Sabino Creek, south of Coronado National Forest, and east of N. Oracle Road and N. Northern Avenue.


    No construction of building exceeding 24 feet in height shall be permitted without specific authorization from the Board of Supervisors.  The Board of Supervisors reserves the right to limit construction to one story.

    S-3 – S-5 Reserved

    S-6 Picture Rocks Activity Center (AV)

    General location

    On both sides of N. Sandario Road in the community of Picture Rocks in Sections 3 and 4 of Township 13 South, Range 11 East. (Area modified with Co7-07-10).


    Design guidelines are provided to protect the rural character, tourism attraction and scenic quality and to mitigate negative impacts of strip commercial. Appropriate site design will enhance the economic life and "sense of place" of this rural community.


    1. Create a pedestrian and equestrian scale streetscape; the development of unique street standards for Sandario Road is encouraged.  Such standards, to be developed by the Pima County Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Picture Rocks Business Association, will result in more attention to the street's relation to parking, sidewalks, and buildings.  Examples of street design features include provision for on-street parking, sidewalks, planters and street trees.
    2. Development shall enhance this pedestrian scale environment, avoid strip auto-oriented commercial, and support through site planning and architectural design the traditional western "main street." The following development guidelines shall be considered:
      1. Buildings shall have reduced front setbacks, with parking lots located to the rear or side of buildings.
      2. A farmer’s market located at the southeast corner of Sandario Road and Picture Rocks Road is regarded as a community asset and considered to be an allowable use.
    3. Residential structures shall be limited to one story, unless the unit is above a commercial establishment that fronts on Sandario Road.
    4. Each rezoning application shall be submitted to the Saguaro National Park staff for agency review and comments.

    S-7 Reserved

    S-8 Tucson Mountains North (TM)

    General location

    Within portions of Township 13 South, Range 12 East; Township 13 South, Range 13 East, Township 14 South, Range 12 East and Township 14 South, Range 13 East.


    The northern portion of the planning area is located between urbanizing areas in the City of Tucson and the public reserves of Tucson Mountain Park and Saguaro National Park, and is distinguished by rugged terrain, highly diverse vegetation, significant wildlife habitat, and many riparian areas. The purpose of the Tucson Mountains North Special Area is to protect this special environment while planning for expected growth. To achieve this purpose, planning strategies include: 1) declining westward land use intensities; and 2) a low-density conservation area and buffer to Tucson Mountain Park and Saguaro National Park.


    1. Structures. All structures west of Silverbell Road shall be limited to a maximum height of 24 feet, and shall be sited and landscaped to minimize negative visual impacts. All structures shall be of a color which is in context with the surrounding environment.
    2. Open Space Dedication. Natural area designations not dedicated to and accepted by Pima County for restricted use as a perpetual open space at the time of an exchange for an allowed density increase on a given portion shall, for those parcels, provide that the property owners within 660 feet and the Tucson Mountains Association are nominal beneficiaries of the natural open space created.
    3. Notwithstanding the zoning districts permitted under the Comprehensive Plan Land Use Plan Legend, SH (Suburban Homestead Zone) and RH (Rural Homestead Zone) shall not be permitted.
    4. Notwithstanding the zoning districts permitted in accordance with the Major Resort Community provisions, CPI (Campus Park Industrial Zone) or TR (Transitional Zone) shall not be permitted.

    S-9 Ajo Corridor/Western Gateway (SW)

    General location

    Along W. Ajo Highway west from the intersection with W. Valencia Road and south of Ryan Airfield, in Sections 4, 7, 8, 9, and 18 of Township 15 South, Range 12 East; and Sections 12 and 13 of Township 15 South, Range 11 East.


    1. The gateway area in the vicinity of Ryan Airfield shall accommodate support businesses for the airport and shall have design standards which will incorporate an airport/aviation/industrial theme.
    2. Site planning and design of industrial and support businesses within this special area shall be designed to promote internal circulation and minimize curb cuts and/or strip commercial.
    3. Landscaping shall promote preservation of natural vegetation and application of xeriscape concepts in landscape design.
    4. Areas to remain natural in this gateway corridor area shall be supplemented with plant materials natural to this area and planted with desert wildflower seed mix for an area of 40 feet on both sides of the right-of-way.
    5. The area of Black Wash within this special area shall be preserved and restored as riparian habitat.  All development affecting Black Wash, including public works, shall be required to preserve and restore riparian habitat, and provide opportunities for view enhancement and interpretive signage.  A scenic pull-off to include an interpretation of the riparian area and a view orientation to the visible mountain ranges is encouraged.

    S-10 Reserved

    S-11 Green Valley Height Policy (USC)

    General location

    The west and east sides of Interstate-19 from Duval Mine Road to Duval Mine Waterline Road and on the west side of Interstate-19 south to Elephant Head Road, in Sections 1, 2, 3, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 34, 35, and 36 of Township 18 South, Range 13 East;  Sections 18 and 19 of Township 18 South, Range 14 East; and Sections 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 29 and 30 of Township 19 South, Range 13 East.


    The policies associated with this Special Area will guide the protection of the community’s character.  The policies are derived in part from the Green Valley Community Plan of March 21, 1989 (Area modified by Co7-06-01, Resolution 2007-40).


    1. Building height will not exceed 24 feet.
    2. Architectural design shall promote the Southwestern style.  Colors will blend with their desert surroundings and the existing built environment.

    S-12 – S-14  Reserved

    S-15 Rincon Valley (RV)

    General location

    Both sides of S. Camino Loma Alta in the Rincon Valley, in Sections 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 34, 35 and 36 of Township 15 South, Range 16 East; and Sections 2, 3 and 11 of Township 16 South, Range 16 East.


    Incorporates policies from the prior Rincon Valley Area Plan (Co13-87-1), overlays various land use intensities, and provides special incentives to protect rural character, discourage strip commercial and protect scenic quality, especially along Camino Loma Alta.


    1. General Objectives
      1. Maintain dark night skies.
      2. Protect steep slopes from degradation.
      3. Identify and protect natural landmarks.
      4. Encourage the restoration of Rincon Creek areas.
    2. Design
      1. Activity centers at nodes shall be designed to facilitate interior circulation.
      2. Architectural design will be characterized by a rural southwestern ranching style of architecture.  Materials shall include masonry, adobe, brick, rock, or stucco with wood beams used for support and/or trim only.
      3. Muted colors are acceptable for use on building exteriors and may include ranges of brown, such as rusts, sepia, sands, tans and buffs, and some olive and gray tones.  Other tones and colors may be used for trim.
      4. All architectural elements, including color, are subject to approval by Design Review Committee. [Review may be limited to particular geographical areas and/or project size, i.e., Community Activity Center, portions of Camino Loma Alta and Old Spanish Trail.]
      5. Construction methods that result in minimal site disturbance shall be required.
      6. Development which encroaches upon any riparian areas shall be re-vegetated with plant material salvaged from the site.  Riparian habitat shall be recreated through the planting of trees, shrubs, and seed mix native to the site and be equal to the pre-disturbance plant density, diversity, and volume on the net site.
    3. Visual Impacts

      Important viewsheds, especially as seen from the vicinity of Camino Loma Alta and Old Spanish Trail, need to be protected through low profile development, clustering, and height restrictions.  [The Rincon Valley Development Capability Analysis will be used as a resource guide for visual resource protection.] Views to the northeast of this intersection are of Saguaro National Park and of the Rincon Mountain peaks.  Views to the south and southeast are of the Santa Rita Mountains and are less dominant than those to the north.  Policies to be implemented within this category are as follows:

      1. Development shall be designed to be visually harmonious in form, line, color, and texture with its natural surroundings.
      2. Development, including infrastructure, shall apply appropriate mitigation techniques such as desert varnish, innovative grading methods, and boulder and rock replacement, in addition to implementing required re-vegetation policies.
      3. Development within the viewshed area along Camino Loma Alta and Old Spanish Trail shall be screened with landscape buffers which utilize native plant materials and earth berms.  Land uses and buffers shall be positioned to allow for views of the Saguaro National Park and of the mountains through the intervening developed areas.
    4. Trails

      The area between Rocking K and Vail Valley is an important linkage area and provides an opportunity to integrate urban and rural land uses.  Trails in this area shall accommodate commuter bicyclists, recreational bicyclists, pedestrians, and equestrian linkages.  The following policies will provide the backbone for a future trail system which will be integrated with any proposed development within this area as a condition of rezoning.

      1. Multi-use path system shall be designed along Camino Loma Alta to create a linkage between Rocking K and Vail Valley and any development in between.
      2. A multi-use paved path along Old Spanish Trail will be integrated with any proposed development.
      3. Bike path along Camino Loma Alta shall be separated from vehicular traffic.
      4. A 30-foot wide easement shall be designated by the developer for land adjacent to Rincon Creek for continuous hiking, biking, and equestrian trails.
    5. Public Improvements For floodplain management and safety purposes the following standards shall apply to future roadway crossing improvements at Rincon Creek for Old Spanish Trail and Camino Loma Alta:
      1. The ten year discharge shall be conveyed under the roadway provided that:
        1. The depth of flow of the design flood on the roadway shall not exceed one foot for a duration of four hours.
        2. Drainage structures and roadway approaches shall be constructed so as to pass the design 100-year flood flow without damage to the roadway.
        3. No adverse channel bed response shall occur.
      2. Drainage structures and roadway approaches shall be constructed so as to withstand the design flow without damage to the roadway.

    S-16 Reserved

    S-17 Tohono O’odham San Xavier District (SW)

    General location

    North and east Tohono O’odham San Xavier District boundary adjacent to planned urban uses.


    In recognition of Tohono O’odham Nation boundaries, this special area overlays all areas planned for urban land use intensities along the Nation boundaries.  At this time, urban intensities are designated for portions of the San Xavier District boundary.  The general purpose of special area designation is to recognize tribal sovereignty and promote dialogue and coordination between the Nation, especially the San Xavier District and Pima County.  A more specific objective is to mitigate against negative impacts of potentially incompatible urban development with setback and landscaping requirements.


    1. Setback Requirements and Bufferyards
      1. New residential development on parcels of 80 acres and greater, shall require a 100 foot setback from the District boundaries of all structures and improvements, including an undisturbed natural desert buffer of at least 40 feet or a designed bufferyard of not less than 25 feet.  Where a road or utility right-of-way exists along District boundaries, setbacks will be decreased by half the existing right-of-way width, but the setback reduction shall not exceed 75 feet or affect the 25 foot minimum bufferyard.
      2. New residential development on parcels of less than 80 acres shall adhere to all setback requirements of the applicable zoning district and require a bufferyard option of not less than 10 feet.
      3. New non-residential development shall adhere to all setback requirements of the applicable zoning district and require a bufferyard option of not less than 10 feet.
    2. No building shall exceed 24 feet within 100 feet from District boundaries.
    3. In the event future land use plan amendments designate additional urban land use intensities along the boundary, this special area will be extended to include those areas and all provisions of this special area shall apply.

    S-18 Floodplain Management (Multiple Maps)

    General location

    There are several sites within eastern Pima County designated as Floodplain Management Special Areas by the Pima County Regional Flood Control District.  They are: Upper Santa Cruz River; Rillito Creek Overbank Storage; Cienega Creek; Wakefield and Anderson Washes and Lee Moore Wash, including eight tributaries: Gunnery Range Wash, Sycamore Canyon Wash, Fagan Wash, Cuprite Wash, Petty Ranch Wash, Franco Wash, Flato Wash and Summit Wash.


    1. Upper Santa Cruz River Special Area Policy:Land use planning in the Santa Cruz River floodplain from the Santa Cruz County line downstream to the Tohono O’odham Nation shall be based on a river management study.Channelization, encroachment, development, or rezoning shall not be permitted within the Santa Cruz River 100-year floodplain or erosion hazard area, whichever is greater, west of the Southern Pacific Railroad, until completion of the river management study.A landowner proposing to modify the Santa Cruz River floodplain prior to the completion of said study shall be responsible for providing a comparable study addressing impacts of the proposed development, based on a scope of work acceptable to the Regional Flood Control District.The study scope and results shall be submitted to the District for review and approval.
    2. Rillito Creek Overbank Storage Special Area Policy: Proposed improvements in the floodplain designated to be preserved for overbank storage and located on the north side of Rillito Creek between Country Club Boulevard and Columbus Boulevard or between La Cholla Boulevard and the Southern Pacific Railroad shall not unreasonably diminish existing overbank storage volumes.
    3. Cienega Creek Special Area Policy: No channelization or bank stabilization shall be permitted along Cienega Creek upstream of Colossal Cave Road to the Empire-Cienega Resource Conservation Area.  Cienega Creek’s regulatory floodplain and/or erosion hazard area, whichever is greater, shall be dedicated in fee simple to the Pima County Regional Flood Control District upon approval of any tentative plat or development plan.
    4. Wakefield and Anderson Wash Special Area Policy: The Wakefield and Anderson Washes’ 100-year floodplains and/or erosion hazard areas, whichever is greater, shall be dedicated in fee simple to the Pima County Regional Flood Control District upon approval of any tentative plat or development plan.
    5. Lee Moore Wash Basin Special Area Policy:  Development shall be regulated per the Lee Moore Wash Basin Management Study. This study provides hydrology and hydraulics to ensure consistency between land uses, identifies permanent natural flow corridors, and establishes Development Criteria in addition to those contained within Floodplain and Erosion Hazard Management Ordinances.  This policy adopts by reference the entire Study including floodplain maps, flow corridor maps, flood hazard data, and development criteria as described in Development Criteria for the Lee Moore Wash Basin Management Study, as adopted by the Pima County Regional Flood Control District Board of Directors on June 1, 2010 (Resolution 2010-FC6).

    S-19 Reserved

    S-20 Urban Floodplain Mitigation (Multiple Maps)

    General location

    FEMA 100-year floodplain at Rillito River/La Cholla Blvd., Cañada Del Oro Wash/La Cholla Blvd., Santa Cruz River/Old Nogales Hwy., Silverbell Road and Ina Road, and east of Thornydale Road and south of the North Ranch Subdivision.


    These areas are currently mapped as FEMA floodplains.  However, it is likely that as these areas are developed into urban uses, precise floodplain boundaries will be determined through the rezoning process based on the submittal of more accurate information or the approval of flood control projects.


    Upper Floodplain Mitigation / South of Cortaro Farms Road.

    Prior to approval of any rezoning or specific plan application within this special area, the boundaries of the 100-year floodplain, as it affects the subject property, shall be established by the applicant and approved by the Regional Flood Control District (RFCD).

    Required floodplain alterations or plans for such floodplain alterations, as approved by the RFCD, shall be a condition of rezoning.  Notwithstanding the land use designation on the Land Use Plan, areas determined to be within the 100-year floodplain and which will not be removed from the 100-year floodplain through implementation of plans approved by the RFCD, shall revert to Resource Sensitive (RS).

    Those areas determined to be outside the 100-year floodplain or which will be outside the 100-year floodplain prior to development through implementation of plans approved by RFCD shall retain the land use designation shown on the Land Use Plan.

    S-21 – S-22  Reserved

    S-23 Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (DMAFB) (C, SE)

    General location

    DMAFB Approach/Departure Corridor (ADC) and Noise Control District (NCD)

    Addresses Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and implements the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base/Tucson/Pima County Joint Land Use Study as accepted by the Board of Supervisors on February 17, 2004.

    Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (DMAFB) Approach-Departure Corridor (ADC) and Noise Control District (NCD) Special Area Policies modify underlying allowable land uses and provide for specific development standards in critical mapped areas in DMAFB Accident Potential Zones, Approach-Departure Corridors, and High Noise Areas.  Policies ensure future land use is compatible with the health and safety of the citizens of Pima County and promote the long-term viability of the mission of DMAFB.

    Mapped policy areas may overlap, for any such location the more restrictive policies apply.  Mapped policy areas will be identified on the Comprehensive Plan maps with the labels “ADC-1”, “ADC-2” and “ADC-3” for Approach-Departure Corridors, and “NCD-A” and “NCD-B” for Noise Control Districts on the Comprehensive Plan maps.


    Approach-Departure Corridors and Noise Control Districts

    1. Approach-Departure Corridor 1 (ADC-1), consisting of the Accident Potential Zones at the northwestern end of the main Davis-Monthan AFB runway.
    2. Approach-Departure Corridor 2 (ADC-2), consisting of the Accident Potential Zones and the first 30,000 feet of the Approach-Departure Corridor at the southeastern end of the main Davis-Monthan AFB runway.
    3. Approach-Departure Corridor 3 (ADC-3), consisting of the Approach-Departure Corridor from 30,000 to 50,200 feet at the southeastern end of the main Davis-Monthan AFB runway.
    4. Noise Control District B (NCD-B) is the high-noise area inside of the 70 Ldn noise contour, 70 Ldn and greater.
    5. Noise Control District A (NCD-A) is the high-noise area between the 65 Ldn and 70 Ldn noise contours, 65-70 Ldn.

    Approach-Departure Corridor 1 (ADC-1)/Accident Potential Zones

    A. ADC-1, recommended compatible uses are those non-residential uses that have relatively low employment density (number of persons per acre).  These are primarily industrial uses, along with other uses that have low concentrations of persons, such as certain types of outdoor recreation. This area has extensive residential uses and properties in the area, as well as existing commercial and industrial areas, and therefore, while these uses are not considered compatible with the safety criteria, the Compatible Land Use Plan recognizes these existing uses and zoned parcels as permitted uses under the Plan.  Recommended use standards for this area also reflect the predominantly built-up character of the area, with somewhat smaller lot sizes and greater building coverage than for ADC-2.

    Approach-Departure Corridor 2 (ADC-2)/Accident Potential Zones  

    A. ADC-2, recommended compatible uses are also those non-residential uses, as described for ADC-1 that have relatively low employment density (number of persons per acre).  Although this area has relatively few residential uses and properties in the area, the JLUS Compatible Land Use Plan recognizes these existing uses and zoned parcels as permitted uses under the Plan.  In addition, use standards for this area reflect the predominant character of the area, with larger lot sizes and lower building coverage than for ADC-1.

    The JLUS recommends that development in the University of Arizona Science and Technology Park which occupies a large portion of the Approach-Departure Corridor in ADC-2 proceed under the Park’s own adopted Development Guidelines, provided that density transfers are used within the Park to shift employee density from the northern part of the park to the southern part; and that development of the Park within ADC-2 be limited to employment-generating uses, and specifically that a hotel and child care facilities not be developed within this designation and that the existing high school use be relocated outside ADC-2.

    Approach-Departure Corridor 3 (ADC-3)

    A. ADC-3, all non-residential uses (except elementary and secondary schools, day care facilities, hospitals, and uses involving significant quantities of hazardous or flammable materials) would be considered compatible; residential uses (including extended care facilities and nursing homes) would not be considered compatible.  Performance standards would apply to the non-residential uses, so that a “checkerboard” pattern of development is created, with buildings separated by areas devoted to parking or open space.  This “checkerboard” pattern would provide relatively low overall building coverage, while also accommodating the development opportunities in the area.

    Noise Control District A (NCD-A) and Noise Control District B (NCD-B) are addressed in the zoning code.

    S-24 – S-27  Reserved

    S-28 Ajo-Gila Bend Highway (Ajo, Arizona) (WPC)

    General location

    On both sides of N. Ajo-Gila Bend Highway from W. Solana Avenue north to W. Briggs Road in the community of Ajo, in Section 15 of Township 12 South, Range 6 West and Section 10 of Township 12 South, Range 6 West (Ref. Co7-05-04).


    1. Primary access for non-residential uses shall be from the Ajo-Gila Bend Highway with secondary access points on the side streets.
    2. Additional buffering of residences shall be required where necessary (e.g. particularly where a non-residential use is immediately adjacent to a residential use).

    S-29 Southwest Infrastructure Plan (SWIP) Area (SW)

    General location

    Generally bounded by Tucson Mountain Park on the north, Mission Road on the east, the Tohono O’odham Nation – San Xavier District on the south, and Sandario Road on the west, in Sections 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 34, 35, and 36 of Township 14 South, Range 11 East; Sections 1, 2, 3, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 22, 23, and 24 of Township 15 South, Range 11 East; Sections 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, and 36 of Township 14 South, Range 12 East; Sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, and 24 of Township 15 South, Range 12 East; Sections 30, 31, 32, 33, and 34 of Township 14 South, Range 13 East; and Sections 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, and 21 of Township 15 South, Range 13 East (Ref. Co7-07-31, Resolution 2009-24).


    1. Comprehensive Planning:
      1. The Southwest Infrastructure Plan (SWIP) shall be used to guide needs, obligations, funding, and provision of infrastructure and services related to transportation, flood control, wastewater, parks and recreation, and other governmental facilities.
      2. New residential uses are incompatible within the one-half mile area from the bounds of the Tucson Trap and Skeet Club (Tax Code 210-12-0420).  Any conflicts with policies approved under previous plan amendments shall be resolved at the time of the rezoning or specific plan.
      3. Proposed development shall be planned, designed, and constructed to implement the sustainability principles as described in the Southwest Infrastructure Plan (SWIP).
    2. Environmental Planning:

      At a minimum, applicable Maeveen Marie Behan Conservation Lands System Conservation Guidelines shall be complied with by providing for mitigation onsite, offsite, or in some combination thereof.

    3. Regional Flood Control District:
      1. No building permits shall be issued until offsite flood control improvements are constructed to remove proposed development out of the FEMA 100-year floodplain.
      2. Development shall not occur within the Black Wash Administrative Floodway.
    4. Wastewater Management:

      No person shall construe any action by Pima County as a commitment to provide sewer service to any new development within the plan amendment area until Pima County executes an agreement with the owner/developer to that effect. Adequate treatment and conveyance capacity to accommodate this plan amendment in the downstream public sewerage system may not be available when new development within the plan amendment area is to occur, unless it is provided by the owner/developer and other affected parties.

    5. At a minimum, the majority of infrastructure and transportation costs shall be self-funded by the developer.

    S-30 Highway Drive Area (C)

    General location

    On the east and west sides of N. Highway Drive and the east and west sides of N. Sullinger Avenue and the east and west sides of N. Camino de la Tierra, south of the Rillito River and north of the W. Sweetwater Drive alignment and W. Gardner Lane, in Sections 8, 16, 17, 20, and 21 of Township 13 South, Range 13 East (Ref. Co7-08-01, Resolution 2009-63).


    1. An Infill Incentive District may be implemented for the entire mapped plan amendment area.
    2. For the entire mapped plan amendment area, existing MU (Multiple Use Zone) zoning conforms to the Urban Industrial and Heavy Industrial Land Use Intensity Categories.

    S-31 Outdoor Shooting Ranges (Multiple Maps delineated by a star)

    General Location

    The location of any existing outdoor shooting range governed by Arizona Revised Statutes Sections 17-601 through 605, as may be amended.


    ARS Sections 17-601 through 605 set forth state law regarding noise, noise buffering and attenuation, hours of operation, standards, and certain exemptions for law enforcement and military uses. Local jurisdictions are generally preempted from creating their own ordinances governing outdoor shooting ranges. However, the County is required to provide for certain buffering or noise attenuation devices.

    The County shall ensure that any new development rezoned for residential use or any other use that includes a school, hotel, motel, hospital, or house of worship within one mile of an existing qualifying outdoor shooting range must provide noise buffers or attenuation devices in compliance with state statute; and qualifying outdoor shooting ranges that are located in areas that are zoned for residential use or any other use that includes a school, hotel, motel, hospital, or church shall not operate from 10:00 p.m. through 7:00 a.m.

    S-32 Military Electronic Range Protection (MV)

    General Location

    Southeast corner of Pima County.


    ARS Section 37-102H requires the State Land Department to keep a map of military electronic ranges. Within a defined and geographically identified military electronics range, ARS Section 11-818 requires the County to provide notice to the installation commander of an application to rezone property, issue a building or development permit, subdivide the property, or application for a minor land division. The county shall provide the notice required under state law.

    S-33 Community Development Target Areas (Represented by an asterisk on Multiple Maps)

    General location and description

    Targeted areas designated to receive priority for available US Housing and Urban Development (HUD) entitlement grant funding for community revitalization and economic development activities including, but not limited to: housing rehabilitation, public facilities, infrastructure improvement, and the provision of public services. Areas are delineated utilizing specialized Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategy (CHAS) Census data provided by HUD and encompass incorporated communities where over 48.1 percent of the households are considered low-income earning below 80% of the area median income (AMI) for Pima County.


    1. Refer to Goals 2-4 of Section 3.2 Focused Development Investment Area Element of this plan.

    S-34 Revitalization Opportunity Development Corridors (SE)

    General Location

    Three distinct corridors have been identified: (1) On either side of S. Alvernon Way and S. Palo Verde Road in unincorporated Pima County between 29th Street on the north and Interstate 10 on the south; (2) S. Nogales Highway from Hermans Road alignment and Fenley Drive; and, (3) Highway 85 in Ajo between Briggs Road and Elota Street including the historic plaza.

    Areas to develop and implement public and private collaborative strategies and investments that aim to attract private sector investment to grow jobs, businesses and services; expand the tax base; and support the revitalization of the corridors into a viable mix of uses that directly promote the stabilization of adjacent neighborhoods as safe, vibrant and sustainable. The purpose is to promote investment into older, more visibly distressed, urban commercial corridors and rural main streets.


    1. Refer to Goal 3 of Section 3.2, Focused Development Investment Areas Element of this plan.

    S-35 Retail Enhancement Contribution Areas (SW)

    General Location

    Within a four miles radius of the intersection of Ajo Way and Kinney Road


    For development of retail stores in excess of 40,000 square feet within the area described, operating constraints and an enhancement contribution as outlined in a development agreement recorded at Book 12939 Pages 7309-7306 (as may be amended) shall be required as a condition of rezoning. Operating protocols shall be appropriately employed to ensure applicability in comprehensive plan amendments, subdivision review or site development review as necessary.  Repeal of Special Area Policy S-35 by Resolution No. 2018-37 (effective 7/20/18)

    S-36 Sahuarita Southeast Conceptual Land Use Plan

    General Location

    Lands east of the Town of Sahuarita, generally south of Pima Mine Road, west of Wilmot Road, north of the Santa Rita Experimental Range consisting of a large block of undeveloped state trust land and adjacent private lands.


    The state trust lands (along with adjacent private holdings) are proposed for urban scale development by the Town of Sahuarita if they are annexed.  Development is not expected within the lifespan of the County's 2014 Comprehesive Plan.  If the land is to be planned and zoned while under County jurisdiction, the block of state trust land must be brought forward as one specific plan and is so designated on the land use map as Planned Development Community.  The adjacent private lands, as they are mostly split into lots, under multiple ownership and not conducive to a specific plan, are designated on the land use map with a land use commensurate with their existing zoning.

    S-37 Rocking K Specific Plan Related Parcels

    General Location

    South of Old Spanish Trail west of Camino Loma Alta, north of East Voyager Road alignment adjacent to Rocking K Specific Plan.


    These parcels are included in a Rocking K Specific Plan block plat and are intended to be developed in conjunction with the Rocking K specific Plan utilizing transfers of development rights from elsewere within the specific plan, consistent with the land use designations as described in Chapter 8, Land Use Legend.

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