Tangerine/Thornydale AZ State Land
The Town held numerous Neighborhood & Focus meetings in 2017 & 2018. The project was met with vehement opposition. Objections included: 1) destruction of pristine desert land for 3200+ dwelling units adjacent to large lot homes 2) Density 3) Buffer yards 4) CAP water as only source for water with the additional cost of it to be spread throughout OV 5) Developers’ campaign donations and cozy relationship with Oro Valley Town Council 6) wildlife 7) Lack of fiscal analysis 8) traffic 9) flooding/drainage issues.
None of these issues mattered to the former Hiremath Council. They continued to support their rooftops strategy. Mayor Hiremath & Councilmembers Hornat, Snider & Waters met with resident disapproval & lost their re-election bid in August 2020.
However, they had been so confident of winning re-election that Town Staff began placement of the yellow public meeting signs for annexation the morning following their loss. Many feared that they would vote on the issue prior to leaving office, but they took the high road & left the decision for the Winfield Council.