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  • Writer's pictureMark L. Johnson

Dove Mountain Development Status & Make Marana 2040 General Plan Update

Updated: Aug 2, 2020

Tortolita Alliance (TA) Core Team met with Marana Development Services and Planning on 2/14/20. The purpose of the meeting was to review the current status of development projects in the Dove Mountain area and get an update on the Make Marana 2040 General Plan. Please reference the map above.

Dove Mountain Development Update

  • Dove Mountain Blvd West cul-de-sac-this parcel has been re-platted to extend Dove Mountain Blvd beyond the cul-de-sac to the parcel property line. This will allow for a potential future extension of Dove Mountain Boulevard westerly to I-10.

  • Dove Mountain West Gravity Sewer-this is noted for information only as it was confirmed that this sewer was built within the Tortolita Preserve (TP) to service the west side of Dove Mountain.

  • Boulder Bridge Pass III-this project is under construction in the middle of the Golf Club at Dove Mountain. It was re-platted during construction due to a drainage issue and there will be fewer lots (72).

  • Los Saguaros-Lots 134-239-this project is located between Del Webb Dove Mountain and TP and is a new phase. There is currently no activity.

  • Saguaro Forest Apartments-this parcel is located south of the roundabout. It is zoned for apartments but there is no activity.

  • Tortolita Ridge-this parcel is adjacent to the Highlands and is zoned for 34 lots. There is no activity most likely due to extensive earthwork required. DR Horton has apparently no longer interested in this project.

  • No Name Project-this parcel is adjacent to the Highlands and is not zoned. There was a proposal to build 74 lots but there is no zoning approval and no activity. This project has some access and traffic issues.

  • Tapestry-this project is located to the east of the Highlands and is approved for 670 lots. There is no activity. This project has some major infrastructure issues including a bridge across a drainage area. Note this project has its own specific plan.

  • Pima County-Twin Peaks-Blue Bonnet Road Gravity Sewer Project-this is currently under construction on Twin Peaks and Tangerine (not shown on map). This is Phase 1 of 3 which will provide improved sewer service to Dove Mountain-East and provide sewer service to new subdivisions along Twin Peaks & Blue Bonnet Road corridor. Go to Pima County Wastewater to learn more.

The Dove Mountain Specific Plan (and 8 Amendments) is approved for a maximum of 9,157 lots over 6,207 acres. The current Dove Mountain Subdivision Activity Report provided to TA by Marana shows that 5,673 lots have been platted (available for construction) with 4,851 of those lots permitted (homes built) and 822 lots are vacant.

The Dove Mountain Specific Plan is only 62% built-out! There are 3,486 (9,157 - 5,673 = 3,486) potential lots to be platted. Turning these potential lots into viable subdivision projects will have to overcome rigorous design and permitting issues and any related housing economics. Time will tell.

For sure, with 822 vacant platted lots available and 3,486 potential lots to be platted, there appears plenty of potential housing available just within the existing Dove Mountain Specific Plan. You have to question the need for advancing any additional specific plans/housing projects in the Dove Mountain region at least until the Dove Mountain Specific Plan is built-out and that may be many, many years to come.

To get more information about specific projects, parcels or lots, go to the Marana Interactive Map Viewer and simply hover the cursor over the parcel you are interested in.

Make Marana 2040 General Plan Update

The Final Make Marana 2040 General Plan was published on 1/15/20. Marana Development Services/Planning staff is making arrangements to put the General Plan on the August 4, 2020 ballot for approval by Marana voters. TA recommends that you vote for approval.

Please make sure you are registered to vote and not disenfranchised. See Marana August 2020 Election information sheet below.

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