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Our Neighborhood
What August will bring...

Your neighborhood assn. meetings take a break in August.  See you September 27 with updates on all the neighborhood projects 
August 22. Wednesdsay, 6pm, 
Ward 3 Office
Neighbors Discuss Grant Road Project Past, Present and Future
The neighborhood leaders of Mtn First, SAMOS, JP, Campbell/Grant and Catalina Vista plan an informational meeting for neighbors.  Please attend with your questions.  See below. 
Recap of July Quarterly Meeting
At our July Quarterly meeting, we learned about two opportunities for neighbors - Tucson Audubon's Habitat at Home program, and the USA National Phenology Network's Nature's Notebook plant and animal observation program!

Learn what to plant to create a bird-friendly yard with Habitat at Home!
Then you can track the life cycle stages of the plants and animals in your yard with Nature's Notebook

Your observations will be used by scientists and resource managers to learn about how life cycle events are changing. And you'll learn a better appreciation of the natural world in your backyard!
August 2017
Annual "Hello Neighbors" door hanger
Many thanks to our area reps who braved heat and rain to get the annual door hanger out to everyone.  We mean everyone! Jefferson Park welcomes all new residents and invites them to be part of the network of wonderful people who are Jefferson Park.

Welcome Packets for New Neighbors
The "red bag" full of resources for new neighbors is available from your area rep.  Area reps (see map below) cannot know every new resident.  So if you see a new neighbor, call your area rep, get a red bag and drop it off on their porch.  Better yet, knock on the door and introduce yourself!

...and by the way, can anyone volunteer for Area 5? Call Suzanne 740-0757 or
Jefferson Park is divided into 6 sections.  One person from each area is a voting member of the JPNA Board. These folks are the voice for their area.  Keep them informed!
Welcome packets also available from Suzanne at 740-0575 or
Area #1 - Mary Worthen,

Area #2 - Jon Heine
Area #5 - open

Area #6 -  Lisa Jones
Envisioning the Future of Grant Road and our "Central Segments"  - A once-in-a-lifetime oportunity!
Linear Park, A Heritage Walking/Biking Trail
Note Phase 5/6 scheduled for @ 2021 begins at Santa Rita.  
Central Segments are 1st Avenue to Tucson Blvd.
Neighbors want a say in the results!
GREEN ARROW indicates the "Central Segments"
Early basin image rendition by Wheat Design Group, Hampton to Park
WHEN: Tuesday August 22nd, 6 - 7.30 pm.
WHERE:  Ward 3 office, 1510 E Grant Rd, Tucson.  South side of Grant, 2 streets east of Mountain Ave
This will be organized by a volunteer group of neighborhood leaders.

Come learn about the current status of the Grant Rd widening project and how it will affect you and your neighbors. This will be an informal meeting where you can ask questions and we hope the information we share will answer questions like:
  • When will work start on my section of Grant Rd?
  • Which houses will be knocked down?
  • What will Grant Rd frontage look like in the end?
  • What is being done with left-over parcels of land?
  • Will the city put in sidewalks, or bike-paths?
  • Will there be a wall to protect us from noise and light pollution?
  • What mitigations are currently planned?
  • Where can I find maps and plans for the project?
  • Do we have any input into what the Grant and Campbell intersection will look like?
  • How can I show my support for ideas such as adding a linear park or building a wall?                                                                                   (Sarah Studd, Mtn/First NA)
Council Person Uhlich's support!!!!
In an e-mail dated July 16, Karin Uhlich described her support of the Grant Road Coalition proposal for a linear park to Tucson Mayor and City Manager.  Thank you Ms Uhlich for your support!!

" Regarding our ongoing conversation and next steps for the park space along Grant road, I want to update you and confirm the City's support:
1) PAG is continuing to work with us on funds for the Heritage and Health trail (involving Banner, Jefferson Park and area neighborhoods; we need to sustain the City's commitment (already approved as an exception by RTA/PAG given City plans to keep it as Park) to HOLD AND NOT MARKET/SELL the remnants between 1st and Campbell (Tucson) as leverage for the project.  While the National Parks grant did not come through, there are opportunities for funding (state and federal) that are being pursued.
2) see below; the State Dept of Forestry has encouraged applications from PAG/City/JP. The first small grant proposal is next FRIDAY under their TREES program and must be submitted under the auspices of the City. JP is drafting and we will get that to Mike's office to submit (I am assuming no other City proposals are in the queue; let me know)
3) PAG/Farhad has agreed to serve as lead and submitter of other proposals (with City as key supporter/collaborator.

Could you please confirm through a reply to this email that this will be our plan moving forward? Through we did not secure the National Parks Grant we can also resubmit next year and it is clear we can identify other potential funding sources to fulfill the exciting and meaningful vision for this area. I know we share the desire to demonstrate that corridor redevelopment can be integrated with appropriate land use that preserves value and enhances quality of life for urban residents. This project is a valuable chance to enact that principle, in-keeping with both City and RTA goals."
(copy of e-mail dated 7/21/2017)
Grant Road Concept Vocabulary Primer
Central Segments:  the blocks between First and Tucson Blvd. These "segments" have the most  residential impact of the entire Grant Road project.

"Central Centers" - the intersections in the Central Segments.

Remnants - the left-overs, usually 1/2 lots after the roadway is cut, many of which can not meet the size requirements for building in NR-1.

R-1, NR-1 zoning - The zoning that is residential and adjacent to the neighborhoods.  All zoning in the central segments will stay as is with no upgrade to commercial (unless already zoned as such). NR-1 zoning is special for Historic Districts, of which Jefferson Park is one. This decision is as a result of a Mayor and Council amendment to the Grant Road Vision in 2015, requested by the Grant Road Coalition and supported by Council Person Uhlich.

Health and Heritage Walk/Bike Proposal - This proposal was first presented as a white paper (2015), then submitted as a grant to the National Park Service (we did not receive funding), now presented to the State Forestry Division, Tucson Clean and Beautiful, and the City of Tucson.  It visions a linear parkway connecting existing businesses with a greenway for walking and biking (bikes ABOVE the curb in the parkway).  

Jefferson Park Bike/Walk History Loop - This proposal is to install signage along a bikeway within the JP neighborhood, including the Banner greenway, to be installed on the southwest boundary of the neighborhood. These signs would tell the history of Jefferson Park including the Polo Fields, TB tents, Lester homestead, "tree" street names" by Annie Lester which now extend to all of Tucson (i.e. Waverly, Linden).

Grant Road Coalition, Central Segments - a group of neighborhood leaders who have been meeting for 3 years, discussing, learning, communicating.  Those neighborhoods share a common concern- how the Grant Road Project can be a model,innovative addition to the Tucson Community. Participating neighborhoods are: Mtn/First,Cortez, SAMOS, Jefferson Park, Catalina Vista, Campbell/Grant.

RTA - Regional Transportation Authority, The state agency that gave the money to TDOT to complete the project.  They are the deep pockets.

TDOT - Tucson Department of Transportation.  These are our engineers, consultants, etc at the city who are charged with the project, keeping it on schedule, keeping it on budget etc. etc.
(J. Daniels)
Brush and Bulky August 28, 2017
A quick reminder that they will only pick up items placed in the alley, i.e. where your trash is normally picked up. They will not enter your yard to get anything.  Also, they will NOT pick up cactus if it is not boxed.  I have seem them leave a whole pile of yard waste behind because there was cactus mixed in with branches.

 Brush and Bulky WILL collect: 
  • Brush, tree trunks, branches and other green waste (up to 5 feet long and 24 inches in diameter)
  • Lumber (up to 5 feet long and stacked in a separate pile, no remodel materials or old fence)
  • PVC and metal pipes (up to 5 feet long)
  • Railroad ties (limit 5)
  • Furniture, carpet, and doors
  • Lawn mowers with fuel tank and crank case removed
  • Scrap metal (bicycles, swing sets, etc., broken into 5 foot lengths)
  • Cacti (must be boxed - up to 25 lbs. per box)
  • Appliances (remove freezer/refrigerator doors)
  • Car tires (limit of five automobile tires)
  • Metal drums (empty and cut in half
Brush and Bulky will NOT collect:
  • Any excess over the 10 cubic-yard limit
  • Any items other than those listed above, such as
Construction debris
Wire fencing
Hazardous waste like paint/oil/pesticides/solvents/liquids
Television and computer monitors
Compressed gas/air cylinder(s)
Vehicle parts
Commercially generated material
(Thank you, Garden District E-news)
Weeds, weeds, weeds.....
There is a direct link between maintained properties and property values, crime, and graffiti.  It is to the benefit of the community  to help each other with maintaining our properties and Right of Ways. 
Channel 4 had a story about Code Enforcement issuing overgrown weed violations. Per City Code, residents are responsible for the area abutting their property up to and including the gutter line and to the middle of the easement behind their property.  Code violations include: Tall weeds & grass over 6" on property and/or abutting areas (alley, easement, curb).   Obstructing and overgrown vegetation - vegetation on property or adjoining right-of-way, street, or alley that interferes or obstructs use of the street, sidewalk or alley for pedestrian or vehicular traffic.

On the JP website, under "Resources"is a list of neighbor-referred businesses.  Also, if you know someone to refer e-mail   
If a neighbor has tall weeds, if possible, please talk with them.  Perhaps you can help them out by referring them to the JPNA website of yard work resources or even help by lending a hand or tools.   
Also, speaking of residents' responsibility - It is the resident's responsible to maintain the property that they live on from the curb to the building.  Yes, that pesky strip between the curb and the sidewalk is yours to maintain!   And, if you are on a corner, you have TWO curbs to maintain. Also, the easement or alley behind your property is your responsibility to maintain to the half way point.  An overgrown easement invites fire and bad guys using it to travel and hide their movements and stolen items. 

One weed to especially watch out for is buffelgrass, a noxious weed that causes a severe fire hazard. Learn how to ID buffelgrass with this handy brochure available in English and Spanish
(Amended from Garden District, E-news)
Neighborhood fundraiser in November
Mark your calendars for the  annual Sabaku T-Shirt Fundraiser.  Sabaku shares 30% of the proceeds of the event with two neighborhoods - Jefferson Park, and the Old Fort Lowell Live at Home Program.  Beautiful T's at rock bottom prices!
Saturday Morning, November 4 - at the International School
Just in Time for Christmas - More info coming
Interested in Water Harvesting after all the rain?
The Tucson Water Rainwater Harvesting Rebate will reimburse up to $2,000 for residential rainwater-harvesting systems. This includes systems installed through Watershed Management Group Co-Op. To qualify for the rainwater harvesting rebate, the system must have been installed after September 27, 2011. Visit the City of Tucson website for further information about the  residential rainwater harvesting rebate program.

Did you know? As of July 1, 2015 Tucson Water has made two important additions to their rebate program. Customers can claim rebates on rain gardens that harvest stormwater from the street! These streetside features, which were previously excluded from the rebates, qualify as passive water-harvesting systems that are eligible for rebates of up to $500. The other exciting change allows multi-family and small commercial customers to access the rebates too. This applies to any property with a 3/4" meter or smaller (contact Tucson Water if you are unsure of your meter size).

The Tucson Water Greywater Harvesting Rebate will reimburse up to $1,000 for residential greywater systems. To qualify for the greywater rebate, the system must have been installed after January 1, 2013. (Systems installed after January 1, 2011 still qualify for the lower rebate amount of 1/3 of costs, up to $200.) Attending this session or any WMG Co-op greywater workshop fulfills the required educational session for this rebate. Visit the City of Tucson website for further information about the  residential greywater rebate program.

The Metro Water Rain and Greywater Rebate will reimburse customers $200 for rainwater or greywater systems. Visit the Metro Water District conservation website for  more infomation on available rebates (scroll down to the bottom of the page).

(once again, Thank you Garden District Enews)
More Regular Roll-Offs
The response to the latest two rounds of roll-offs was OVER FLOWING! 

As a result the Clean Committe is looking into requesting them more frequently, and timing them according to the city Brush and Bulky schedule for Jefferson Park.  

Thank you Lisa!
Greening and Cleaning 
Have a tree and need it planted?
Neighbors, t ake advantage of a great opportunity  to green  and  shade  your yard!   Call the Green Committee to get information about how you can schedule a tree planting. They have a jack hammer for our caliche yards. 
TEP customers can purchase up to three trees a year for only $5 each.

Joan Hall: 990--8054 or e-mail
Edison Plaza clean-up: 3rd Saturdays at 8:00am
Mark your calendars!  Come help out, the more hands the better!   We have bags from Tucson Clean and Beautiful. Meet at 8:00 am.
Rules for Re-zonings are changing
HB 2116 - Rezoning Rules Changes

On May 10th, the governor signed HB2116, a bill that will change some of the rules surrounding rezoning decisions. More specifically, it changes how protests are calculated, and how many votes are needed at M&C to sustain a protest.

Currently, if the owners of 20 percent or more of the lots on any side of a rezoning (within 150' of the proposed change) submit a protest, it triggers a supermajority vote of M&C. Right now it requires six of us to vote in favor of the rezoning in order for it to be adopted. All of that changes under 2116.

Under the new rules, 20 percent of property owners within the zoning area - not just from one side of the project - must file a protest in order to require a supermajority vote to adopt the rezoning. And the supermajority vote is no longer six of the seven of us. It's five to sustain the proposed rezoning.

Questions have already been raised by members of Tucson Residents for Responsive Government (TRRG) about the effects of this new bill. I'm joining my colleagues in TRRG and hosting a public discussion of the changes. It'll be held on Wednesday, August 30th at 6 p.m. here at the Ward 6 community room. We'll have our city attorney present along with Dan Bursuck, a lead planner from our planning department. Together they'll walk through the former current rules, taking questions along the way so everyone knows the new ground rules the state just put into play.

Rezonings are often challenging discussions. I mentioned the Honors College above. We've got tough zoning discussions coming related to the Fry's Food Store out on the east side, and ongoing talks about some commercial/residential work being proposed right down the street from the Ward 6 office. Knowing the rules of engagement is important. Please put this date on your calendar and plan on coming to take part in the conversation.

If you'd like to do a little pre-meeting homework on the bill,  this link will take you to a fact sheet produced by the fine folks up in Phoenix.
(From Steve Kozachik's newletter, 7/24)
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Important Contact Info

Report Transportation Concerns
Is there a pothole you'd like to see fixed? Is a street sign missing? Is a tree limb hanging too close over a roadway or sidewalk?
You can report these issues to the  Tucson Department ofTransportation  (TDOT), (520) 791-3154, or email the exact location to
What is a code violation?
And whom do I call?
Download an information sheet approved by the City Code Enforcement Division
Tucson Neighborhood Support Network
A site listing all the neighborhoods in Tucson, and important things affecting them.
Neighborhood Support Network
Banner Construction 
and Info Line
Construction Updates on the University Campus  Banner University Medical Center Tucson Campus  website  for the hospital expansion project. 
Emergency 24/7 phone number for the Banner project construction team: (520) 268-9575
U of A - Good Neighbor Program
Report problems and concerns.
24 hr hot line -  520-282-3649

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Fourth Wednesday of the Month, 6pm Ward III Office, 1510 E Grant Rd
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CO-EDITORS: Joan Daniels, ,   Joanne Osuna,