Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Dorm you Tucson -- Mini-Dorm you

Excerpts from:

The Arizona Daily Star

Published: 04.24.2007

By Rob O'Dell
Midtown residents looking for relief from "minidorms" sprouting up around the UA could see a big move by the city toward giving them the protection they seek today. 
After a public hearing, the Tucson City Council is poised to create a test "neighborhood preservation" zoning ring around the University of Arizona — an overlay zone that could impose restrictions on such things as building heights, setbacks or lot sizes that are more stringent than would normally be allowed. [...]
Prop. 207 could come into play
Several property-rights advocates warned that the proposed city ordinance could trigger the first Proposition 207 lawsuit.
Both sides will voice their concerns during a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. today in the Mayor and Council Chambers at City Hall, 255 W. Alameda St. [...]
"It's essentially a perimeter around the university," Councilwoman Karin Uhlich said of the proposed pilot program. She said she hopes to have the specific restrictions and how broad an area would be covered ready for final council action in two to three months.
Property owner objects
Richard Studwell, a property owner in the Jefferson Park Neighborhood, said creating a pilot program around the entire university without even waiting for petitions from neighborhood residents would make the ordinance worse, not better.
"They are looking to do this no matter what — that's the problem," Studwell said.
He said he "absolutely" thinks the ordinance will become a test case for Proposition 207, because it would limit the size and number of houses on his properties, thereby decreasing the potential value of his land.
Contact reporter Rob O'Dell at 573-4240 or rodell@azstarnet.com.

End Note:  I should add to Mr. Studwell's remarks above because the reporter left this most important fact out of the story.  Studwell said, "...it would limit the size and number of houses on his properties ... "  The factual addition is -- that is allowed by current zoning law.
Apparently, these mini-dorms make economic sense since they are located near the university and property owners are wanting to build more as allowed by current law.  As the population of the university increases, likely the demand for mini-dorms rises, too.
The typical government solution to housing issues ... crush the private sector and create subsidized government housing, then raise taxes on diminished property values to help cover the increased costs of government services such as fire, police, etc., due to the increase in population.  Just another statist solution.

1 comment:

John B said...

I live in the Jefferson Park Neighborhood. One of the alleged lobbyist for NPZ is against mini-dorms. The NPZ allows the neighborhood to be rezoned. NPZ allows for potential restrictions on property size and height. I am opposed to NPZ