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See STC 3.10.180 Fee Schedule for current fees.
HSSA operates its main shelter at 635 W. Roger Road in Tucson.
HSSA will accept all animals brought into its main shelter by the Sahuarita ACO or Police Officers.
If you have captured a stray animal, please call the Sahuarita ACO.
Call HSSA. HSSA priortizes returning animals to their homes. If your pet is taken to HSSA, HSSA will do everything it can to help reunite you with your pet.
Pet owners can surrender their animal to The Animal League of Green Valley or HSSA.To schedule an appointment with HSSA, call 520-327-6088 x111. Owners are charged a one-time drop-off fee, which covers vaccinations, health check, microchip and spay/neuter if needed, boarding and adoption.
To determine your residence is in the Town of Sahuarita, please check the Pima County GIS Street Address Number Search.
No, the Town of Sahuarita only licenses dogs of owners who live within the Town boundaries. Pima County residents can license their dogs through Pima Animal Care Center (PACC). To check where to license (it can be confusing with different ZIP codes), go to the Pima County GIS site, search your street address number, and view the jurisdiction column.
The Sahuarita ACO at 520-445-7877 (PUPS).
Seek immediate medical attention and call 911.
Arizona Game and Fish, 520-628-5376, or online.
Call the Town of Sahuarita Public Works Streets Department at 520-344-7100. They will attempt to contact the local livestock owner.
Any registered voter that resides in the Town of Sahuarita boundaries may vote in a Town of Sahuarita election. You may register to vote online through Service Arizona, or contact the Pima County Recorder's Office to request an Arizona Voter Registration Form, or call (520)724-4330.
The Primary & General Elections will be conducted as hybrid elections. Voters may vote at any Vote Center on Election Day; vote early in person; request a ballot by mail, or request to be placed on the Active Early Voter List (AEVL) to receive mail ballots for all elections.
July 1, 2024, is the deadline to register to vote for the July 30, 2024 Primary Election.
The Primary & General Elections will be conducted hybrid elections. Voters may vote at any Vote Center on Election Day; vote early in person; request a ballot by mail, or request to be placed on the Active Early Voter List (AEVL) to receive mail ballots for all elections.
October 7, 2024, is the deadline to register to vote for the November 5, 2024 General Election.
Town-owned vehicles are managed by Executive Assistant to the Town Manager, Yisel Suarez. Please contact Yisel Suarez at 822-8816 or by email at email@example.com to reserve a vehicle. Police Department, Public Works, Parks & Recreation Department, and Planning & Building manage their own town-owned vehicles for their department.
Each department has access to the travel request form and travel policy. If you need further assistance contact the Finance Department for additional information.
Certain businesses are allowed to be home-based. A business license and home occupation permit are required. As part of the business license process, you will indicate whether your business is to be a home-based business or not. If so, you will be asked to fill out a Home Occupation application. Planning & Zoning will review the application and determine whether your business meets the criteria to be allowed as a home-based business. In general, businesses are allowed to be home-based when there is minimal neighborhood impact based on the amount of traffic to the business and the potential for noise or other elements that may have a negative impact on the neighborhood.
Criteria for home-based businesses are found in STC 18.09.030.
Unfortunately, the Town does not enforce CC&Rs. The Planning & Zoning Division enforces the zoning code.
If you'd like to place signs along Sahuarita's roadways, a Temporary Off-Site Sign Plan is required. This process requires a public hearing before the Planning & Zoning Commission. If you'd like to find out more, contact Planning & Zoning for details.
Political signs are treated differently under state law, which is why they are seen along the roadways in great numbers during election seasons.
Addresses are based on zip codes, which do not always match jurisdictional boundaries. The Sahuarita zip code extends past the Town of Sahuarita boundaries, so while you may have a Sahuarita address, your property might fall under Pima County's jurisdiction.
Likewise, portions of the Green Valley zip code fall within the Town of Sahuarita, so certain Sahuarita residents (Quail Creek in particular) have a Green Valley zip code.
If you're not sure which jurisdiction you live in, there are a few ways to find out:
Addresses are based on zip codes, which do not always match jurisdictional boundaries. Portions of the Green Valley zip code fall within the Town of Sahuarita, so certain Sahuarita residents (Quail Creek in particular) have a Green Valley zip code.
Likewise, the Sahuarita zip code extends past the Town of Sahuarita boundaries, so while you may have a Sahuarita address, your property might fall under Pima County's jurisdiction.
No, Sahuarita does not charge impact fees or property taxes. The property taxes that Sahuarita property owners pay are all designated to entities other than the Town of Sahuarita (school district, fire district, Pima County, etc.).
Some portions of Rancho Sahuarita and Quail Creek are located within a Community Facilities District (CFD) that pays for infrastructure (roads, utilities, etc.) directly benefiting the residents of those areas. Properties within CFD boundaries have an additional assessment that is designated for the CFD and is paid with property taxes.
You can view the assessments for a particular property on the Pima County Treasurer's Office website. Search for your property, click on the State Code number, and then click on the Tax Area number in the right-hand column to view the list of assessments and tax rates.
Most Accela users need to register for an account. Users who are looking to view basic permit information or submit a property complaint are not required to register. In order to submit a permit application or schedule inspections, you will need an account.
You need to have created an account with Accela Citizen Access and be logged in to schedule an inspection. If fees are due, you will not be able to schedule inspections.
For the most part, yes. You will not be able to register for an account with your mobile device -- you will need to use a desktop computer for account registration.
You may find that switching how you view Accela on your mobile device from mobile to desktop view, or vice versa, can help with some functions.
Please submit documents through your Town of Sahuarita Accela Citizen Access (ACA) portal using the permit number that you have been assigned for your project. After uploading documents into your permit, notify BuildApps@SahuaritaAz.gov. Include the permit number and a statement indicating that the documents have been uploaded to the ACA.
We are happy to help. Please contact our Senior Permit Technician at (520) 822-8866.
Contact the ACA Help Desk at ACAhelpdesk@sahuaritaaz.gov. Please provide a detailed description of what you need help with, the date and time that any error may have occurred, a screenshot of the error message, and your contact information.
Are you involved in or witnessing an emergency situation? If life or property is being immediately threatened, call 911. If the current circumstances don't require an immediate response, call our non-emergency phone number through the Pima County Sheriff's Office Dispatch at (520)351-4900. A Sahuarita Police Officer will respond to your location.
If you have a chronic traffic problem in your neighborhood (speeding, racing, dangerous vehicle operation), please call 520-344-7000.
ARS 13-3107 makes it a class six felony to discharge a firearm within or into the limits of any municipality (generally). So shooting inside the Town limits is probably prohibited. however there are several places that you can shoot and if you follow the link below to the Arizona Game and Fish website they have a map and list of all of the public shooting ranges in Arizona. Also Game and Fish has a host of resources to let you know what the rules are concerning discharging firearms at some place other then a range.
If you are looking for a lost or stolen bicycle, a member of the Property and Evidence Section can assist you in determining if it was recovered. Please call 520-344-7001 to speak with a Property & Evidence staff member.
Safekeeping property is an item(s) that is being stored for someone who may have been arrested, involved in an accident or was involved in a situation where the property was left behind at a scene. The owner of property being held in safekeeping may contact our Property and Evidence section to schedule an appointment to pick up their property by calling 520-344-7001. The Property and Evidence Section may dispose of this property if unclaimed after 90 days.
Individuals seeking the return of a firearm(s) that is in the custody or control of the Sahuarita Police Department, must call 344-7001 to speak with a member of the Property and Evidence section to begin the process of releasing a firearm(s). A firearms eligibility check will be conducted to determine if the applicant is lawfully eligible to possess firearms and the firearm itself will be run through an ATF check. This process can be lengthy, so appointments will not be set until all checks have been conducted and approved.
All evidence is stored in a safe place until it is no longer needed for a case. Before evidence is released, approval is required by an officer, detective or detective sergeant, prosecutor and/or judge before it can be returned to the owner(s). If you have questions about your property being held as evidence, call 520-344-7000 to speak to the detective or officer assigned to your case.
If you would like someone else pick up your property, your designee must have a legal notarized statement from you authorizing him/her to pick up your items. You must notify a member of the Property and Evidence section in advance that someone else will be picking up your property for you. On the day of the appointment, your designee must present a valid, personal, government issued photo identification.
The Sahuarita Police Department disposes of unclaimed property through auction, conversion to department or town use, or destruction following all state guidelines.
You may call our Sahuarita Municipal Court at 344-7150 and ask whether a warrant is active under your name. If you want to know whether you have an active warrant issued by another court, such as a county area justice court or Tucson, Marana, or Oro Valley court, you will have to contact those courts respectively. You may also go to https://apps.supremecourt.az.gov/publicaccess/caselookup.aspx which is a public access site for the AZ Supreme Court. This site may also have warrant information on individuals. Our Sahuarita Municipal Court reports our warrants to this site regularly, however, it is possible there could be a delay for a warrant to appear on the public site. There are times that warrants may not be public (sealed) and will not be listed on the website.
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), in cooperation with Union Pacific Railroad (UPR) and others, are responsible for the development and implementation of safety regulations in regard to train horns.
Most of the railroad crossings in Sahuarita are “at-grade crossings,” also known as "road-level crossings." This is where railroads cross roadways at the same level as roadway traffic. At these crossings, traffic must be stopped while a train moves through. To assure safety, federal regulations require that train horns be sounded for 15-20 seconds before reaching all road-level crossings, but not more than one-quarter mile in advance.The FRA has defined a required pattern for blowing the horns: two long, one short, and one long-sounding horn. These are repeated as necessary until a train clears a crossing. Locomotive engineers are allowed to vary this pattern at crossings in close proximity to each other, and are also allowed to sound the horn in emergency situations.
In October 1996, federal regulations established an option for “quiet zones” at road-level crossings provided that safety measures are in place. Such "quiet zones" must also have an accident rate that meets federally acceptable standards.
UPR believes quiet zones compromise safety, and while they don’t endorse them, they do comply with these provisions of federal law. There are several types of “quiet zones” that a town could conceivably implement, but they all require meeting qualifying conditions, and include the installation of expensive gates, medians, fencing and warning equipment.Estimated costs can be as high as $500,000 per crossing, with a connection fee of $5,000 to $15,000, and annual maintenance costs of $4,000 to $10,000. In order to silence the train horns in the Sahuarita area, these would have to be installed at every crossing, because horns can be heard from such great distance.
If you are looking for a lost or stolen bicycle, click on the following link to check our Unclaimed Property Listing. Please note that property is only kept for 30 days.
Safekeeping property is any article of value left behind by the owner at the scene of an incident involving the police, such as, firearm confiscation due to a court order, a vehicle collision, or a booking arrest. The Property and Evidence Bureau may dispose of this property if unclaimed after 30 days.
To claim a firearm, you must contact Property & Evidence staff at 520-344-7001. You will need to provide your name, date of birth, social security number, and case number so that a background and ATF check can be completed. An appointment to pick up the firearm(s) will be set once these requirements have been completed.
All found items are held for no more than 30 days. If no owner is identified, the item is then eligible to be auctioned, utilized for police department use, or destroyed in accordance with the law.
Click on the following link to be taken to the Town of Sahuarita's Public Surplus (auction) site.
All property retained as evidence must be approved before it can be returned to the owner(s). All evidence is stored in a secure section of the Police Department until it is no longer required.
If you have questions about the retention of your property, contact the detective or officer assigned to your case at (520) 344-7000.
If you receive a Disposal Notification from the Property and Evidence Bureau, you will have thirty (30) days from the date listed on the website Unclaimed Property Listing to claim your property, or the Sahuarita Police Department may dispose of this item by auction, destruction, or conversion to law enforcement use.
If you are unable to pick up your property, you may ask someone to pick it up on your behalf. Your designee must have a legal notarized statement from you authorizing him/her to pick up your items. A member of the Property & Evidence Bureau must be notified in advance that someone else will be picking up your property. Your designee must present his/her valid, government-issued photo identification.
You may call the Property & Evidence Bureau at (520) 344-7001.
The Sahuarita Police Department disposes of unclaimed property, within 30 days, through auction, conversion to department or Town use, or destruction following all state guidelines.
The Sahuarita Town Council holds its regularly scheduled meetings on select Mondays, starting at 6:00 p.m. in the Sahuarita Council Chambers, 375 W. Sahuarita Center Way, Sahuarita. See the Agendas & Minutes page of the Town website for details. Please note meeting dates and times may change.
Additional meetings, such as study sessions and special meetings, may be called at the direction of the Mayor and Council. These meetings are scheduled on an as-needed basis for information, discussion, and possible action. Public input is not usually taken at a study session as the meeting is for informational purposes only.
Yes, except when the Council holds an Executive Session. Executive Session is a closed meeting called by the Council to consider certain limited matters such as legal advice, pending litigation, property acquisition, personnel matters, etc., pursuant to ARS Sec. 38-431.03.
Citizen participation is invited and encouraged by the Town Council. The general public is welcome at all Council meetings, and any person may speak on matters on the agenda or any other appropriate subject. However, to ensure fair consideration of each item and all the viewpoints to be presented, speakers must follow the rules regarding the appropriate time to speak and the length of time spoken.
Any person may speak on matters on the agenda or other appropriate subjects. A speaker must fill out a speaker card and give it to the Town Clerk before the start of the meeting. Speaker cards are available at the meeting.
At each point in the meeting, when it is appropriate for citizens to speak, the Mayor will invite comments. Each citizen wishing to speak should approach the microphone and state their name for the record. All comments must be addressed to the Town Council as a whole and not to an individual Council Member and must be limited to three minutes or less. No person other than the individual speaking shall enter the discussion without the Mayor’s permission.
The public may comment on issues not on the Council agenda under "Call to the Public," which occurs at the beginning of the meeting.
State Law requires that "Call to the Public" be limited to discussions on Town issues on the Consent Agenda and issues that the Town can lawfully act upon at a future meeting. Therefore, no discussion is permitted in matters over which the Town Council does not have the power to act in the future.
Remarks must be limited to three minutes or less and should only consist of general statements about the Town or the Town Council as a whole, not personal attacks or direct arguments. If the issue you are raising is not listed on the agenda, State Law prohibits the Town Council from discussing the topic or responding to your concern at the meeting.
After "Call to the Public," individual members of the Town Council may respond to criticism made by those who have addressed the Council, ask staff to review the matter, or request that the issue be placed on a future agenda.
Council and Board and Commission meeting notices, agendas, and minutes are available on the Town's website as a public service. The Town's official bulletin board for posting public notices of the Town's meetings is located outside the Sahuarita Town Hall Building at 375 West Sahuarita Center Way, Sahuarita, Arizona. The posting board is located on the facility's exterior, and notices are available for the public to view 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please be advised that only the Town's official bulletin board may be relied on for official posting under the Arizona Open Meeting Law.
Yes, the Arizona Legislature passed House Bill 2785 that moves up the primary election from August 6, 2024 to July 30, 2024. See the full text of the bill:
The Legislature and election officials stated that the emergency legislation was necessary to avoid missing federal deadlines to send ballots to military and overseas voters for the general election and for the State of Arizona to send its votes to the electoral college for President of the United States.
The Governor signed the emergency legislation, which became effective on February 9, 2024.
Tuesday, July 30, 2024. It was moved up one week from August 6, 2024.
By moving up the primary election date, the entire election calendar moves up by one week, including the voter registration deadline and when early voting begins.
The new deadline is before midnight on Monday, July 1, 2024.
To register to vote you must be:
You may register to vote online through Service Arizona, or contact the Pima County Recorder's Office to request an Arizona Voter Registration Form, or call (520)724-4330.
You should update your voter registration if:
You may update your registration online through Service Arizona, or contact the Pima County Recorder's Office to request an Arizona Voter Registration Form, or call (520)724-4330.
Early voting allows citizens to cast ballots by mail, or in person at early voting sites prior to Election Day. To request an early voting ballot by mail, contact the Pima County Recorder's Office online or call (520)724-4330.
Early voting begins on Wednesday, July 3, 2024 and ends at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 26, 2024.
To request an early voting ballot by mail, contact the Pima County Recorder's Office online or call (520)724-4330.
You may learn more about joining the Active Early Voter List (AEVL) from the Pima County Recorder's Office.
No, the counties will send you a 90-day notice with instructions. Early ballots are mailed when early voting begins on July 3, 2024. If you do not receive the 90-day notice or your early ballot, contact the Pima County Recorder by phone at (520)724-4330.
To find your Polling Place for Election Day, visit the Pima County Elections Department.
Visit the Pima County Elections Department to learn about required identification at the polls.
If staff were to dismiss the application outright, it would be depriving a property owner of due process. The zoning code lists asphalt manufacture as a conditional use in the RH zone and provides a process for review of this use. Staff is constitutionally required to follow the process outlined in the town code so as not to deprive the property owner of their rights and due process. The Town Council is the decision-maker on a Type 3 CUP application such as the Vulcan Materials request; staff does not have the authority to deny the application.
No. The request is still under review. To complete the analysis, staff has requested that Vulcan provide an air modeling study. Once the study is complete and has been reviewed, the analysis will be finalized in the form of a staff report. The staff report will be made available to the public ten days prior to the Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing. The Commission will make a recommendation to the Town Council during the Commission’s public hearing. A decision will not be made until the Town Council public hearing, at which the Council will be presented with the results of staff’s analysis and the Planning and Zoning Commission’s recommendation, and the public will have the opportunity to provide input on the project.
There is a process that must be followed for zoning cases such as CUPs. That process requires staff to complete an analysis prior to moving the application forward for public hearings where the decision on the application will be made. Staff analysis in this case is incredibly complex due to the nature of the land use that is being requested. Staff has also devoted many resources to reviewing and responding to public comments and inquiries. At this time, staff is waiting on the applicant to provide responses to comments and questions, including the air modeling study that was requested based on public concern.
11/8/2023 Update: Vulcan has informed staff that the air modeling study is not yet ready to submit. Public hearings will be held a minimum of 9 weeks after the air modeling study is submitted. Once the air modeling study is submitted, staff will update the website.
12/4/2023 Update: The latest information on timing is that it will be at least another three weeks before the air modeling study is submitted to staff. With this timing, hearings prior to mid-March will not be possible. Hearing dates will be announced when scheduled, and the website will be updated when the study is submitted.
The development review process requires applicants to conduct and submit their own studies – traffic studies, drainage studies, etc. Town staff, or in some cases third-party consultants, review these studies for accuracy and best practices. Staff may comment or make recommendations for changes to an application based on what the studies say. Studies are prepared by licensed professionals who put their seals on their work and may incur liability if any portion of the study is found to be incorrect or falsified.
In this case, Town staff has heard the concerns of the public related to Vulcan’s paid consultant performing the air modeling study. It is important to note that the air model is driven by the specific parameters entered into the model. Vulcan will have to disclose all parameters entered into their model. Ninyo & Moore, the Town’s third-party consultant, will review this study and agree or disagree on the parameters entered by Vulcan. If we agree with the parameters used, then we agree with the results of the model. If the Town were to conduct its own study, we would get the same results as Vulcan. However, the Town will be commissioning an additional third-party reviewer to review the Vulcan study to confirm that the industry’s best practices are being utilized and to review staff and Ninyo & Moore’s recommended impact-mitigating conditions to ensure that practical and innovative solutions are being recommended.
Yes. When Vulcan’s CUP application is formally presented to the Town Council in an upcoming public hearing meeting, the Council will have several options for their vote. Some of the options that will be available to the Town Council may include: 1) Deny the CUP application; 2) Approve the CUP as proposed by the applicant; or 3) Approve the CUP, modified with conditions.
Town staff has been working diligently to support the P&Z Commission’s and the Town Council’s ability to productively discuss any and all of those options. Staff have been working to compile a working draft list of conditions so that the Council can apply extra requirements should they find it necessary to do so. Such conditions may include restrictions on hours of operation, emission control measures, lighting, road improvements, etc. The conditions have been informed by input from residents with their concerns, staff analysis, research of mitigation measures implemented at other HMAPs, and consultant recommendations. A draft list of conditions will be made available for public viewing well ahead of the public hearings with the caveat that there are numerous factors that could change the list between its draft state and the Council’s final decision.
A General Plan is a comprehensive, long-term guide to the Town’s future, setting forth a vision for Sahuarita to aspire to and providing goals and policies to help get us there. A General Plan is a policy guideline adopted by resolution. It is not regulatory. Regulations, such as town code, are adopted by ordinance and are considered law.
State law requires municipalities to adopt a General Plan every ten years and requires that the General Plan be ratified by the voters. Aspire 2035 was adopted and ratified in fiscal year 2017. Public input and consensus are critical components of General Plan adoption. General Plan adoption and major amendments to the General Plan require two public hearings with the Planning and Zoning Commission and a subsequent public hearing with the Town Council. Following Town Council adoption of a General Plan, voters accept or reject the Plan through the ratification process. This ratification process establishes public consensus on the Plan.
The General Plan includes a series of Elements (or chapters), each with its own topic. Examples of Elements are the Land Use Element, the Growth Areas Element, and the Environmental Element. Each element has a list of goals, each with its own policies, and some of the elements also include maps, such as the Land Use Map.
The General Plan (GP) informs the code, and the code is the regulatory mechanism for the implementation of the policies. In other words, the GP is the guide that offers procedural and/or development recommendations, and the zoning code and zoning map are the tools that implement the goals and policies of the GP. It is presumed that clear regulations in the zoning code were determined at the time of their writing and adoption to implement the policies of the GP. When the code is clear, we cannot use GP policies to override the regulations of the code.
Zoning districts (“zones”), as codified in Town Code, are law and regulatory in nature. The General Plan assigns land use designations and is a policy guideline. The GP land use map establishes land use designations such as Medium Density Residential, Institutional, and Resource Industrial. For most of these land use designations, the GP provides a list of zones that are recommended for it. For example, the Medium Density Residential land use designation lists the R-2, R-3, R-4, and MH-1 zones as being appropriate zoning districts for areas that are designated Medium Density Residential in the GP.
The Vulcan site has a GP land use designation of Resource Industrial and is zoned RH (Rural Homestead).
One of the findings for approval of a CUP is the applicant must demonstrate General Plan (GP) compliance. It is important to note that “compliance” with the GP means that the application will generally further the overall goals of the GP and not be contrary to the GP’s overall goals. The GP has numerous goals and policies, some of which conflict with each other when taken out of context. For example, the GP promotes both economic development and environmental protection. Any new construction on vacant land could be considered harmful to natural habitats. Traffic generated by new commercial development could be considered detrimental to air quality. However, because the GP also promotes economic development, we weigh the goals against each other, and the code helps us implement the competing GP goals. For example, the code gives us standards for riparian habitat protection that permit development while protecting or mitigating impacts to riparian areas.
Public opinion alone is not enough to deny a CUP. Objections by neighbors to zoning decisions based upon the character of the area are material and properly considered in reviewing the validity of a zoning decision. However, neighbor opposition cannot be the sole reason for denial of the CUP; otherwise, it could be deemed “arbitrary,” which is the standard a court would use to analyze the Town’s denial. Zoning decisions must be made based on facts rather than perceptions. (Aegis of Arizona, LLC v. Town of Marana, Coleman v. City of Mesa).
STC 18.01.030.A.4 states that individual property rights shall not be prejudiced by reason of being a minority, either in numbers or in land owned. If zoning regulations are ambiguous or uncertain, they will be strictly construed in favor of property owners requesting use of their land. Property rights entitled to protection are the applicant’s, not the neighbors’. It is the applicant’s property that is being directly regulated or affected by the Town Code. A denial results in a concrete effect–denial of a use—to the applicant’s property rights. Conversely, approval does not result in a change in the legal rights of neighboring property. Case law (Arcadia Osborn Neighborhood v. Clear Channel Outdoor, LLC) supports this approach.
Anecdotal evidence is not sufficient to deny a land use application. Detrimental impacts of a proposed land use must be substantiated by factual evidence to be weighed in the balance. The Town’s denial must be on a rational basis relating to the Town’s land use goals. Facts and evidence must create the rational basis for a denial (Gamble v. City of Escondido, Kawaoka v. City of Arroyo Grande, Wait v. City of Scottsdale, City of Tempe v. Rasor).
RH Zone purpose statement continued: "is intended to encourage rural development in areas lacking facilities for urban development and to provide for commercial and industrial development only where appropriate and necessary to serve the needs of the rural area.”
The proposed asphalt plant is specifically listed as a conditional use in the RH zone. Staff’s interpretation is that the writers of the code considered the RH zone’s purpose statement when creating the list of permitted and conditional uses for the zone; the list of uses is presumed to be “appropriate and necessary.” The Town Attorney has concurred that the listing of a use in the zone takes precedence over a purpose statement when determining whether a use should be allowed or not, and that there is not a conflict in considering the proposed asphalt plant on the subject site through the conditional use permit process.
There are many land uses listed in the RH zone that serve an area larger than the RH zone itself. For example, agriculture is allowed in the RH zone. Agricultural products grown in the RH zone are not limited to those that would serve Sahuarita’s rural areas. In fact, agricultural products grown in Sahuarita are processed for sale worldwide. When making zoning decisions, staff must apply code interpretations uniformly for all users. If we were to interpret the code as suggested, certain agricultural uses in Sahuarita would be nonconforming due to their consumption outside of the town’s rural area.
Union Pacific will require a private crossing agreement with Vulcan. As part of this agreement, a Safety Diagnostic is being performed and will include recommended safety measures for the crossing based on the proposed use (number of daily crossings, users, etc.).
The Town Fire Marshal has coordinated closely with Green Valley Fire Department to analyze the International Fire Code for any requirements that would negate the ability to use this access point for fire access. Preliminarily, the determination of the Fire Marshal is that the railroad crossing is not contrary to the requirement for fire access. Staff is continuing to research this topic, and compliance with the fire code will be required.
11/8/2023 Update: The Safety Diagnostic with UPRR was completed on September 27, 2023. Requirements will include installing lights and gates at the crossing, widening the crossing surface, sign installation, paving the driveway, and using flaggers in the event that the plant opens prior to installation of the lights and gates.
The fire code allows the Fire Marshal discretion to require a secondary access based on his/her knowledge of the anticipated magnitude of a potential incident. UPRR has informed staff that they have reviewed their incident reports related to this crossing and have not found any incidents of delay or blockage. The Town Fire Marshal, in conjunction with Green Valley Fire District and after consultation with the International Code Council and the National Fire Protection Association, has made a determination that additional access and/or a grade separated crossing to the site will not be required. This determination is based on the potential for blockage of the access road as well as limited potential for public harm in the event of a fire incident.
Environmental Impact Studies (EIS) are typically a federal tool used to determine the impacts of projects involving either federal dollars or federal lands. Additionally, besides air and water quality impacts, which are already being evaluated on this CUP application, a major component of the EIS tool is the evaluation of alternative sites. That said, the use of an EIS in this instance is not appropriate as only one site is identified in this CUP application.
Staff has inquired about this technology with our consultant, Ninyo & Moore. It was explained to us that RTO technology is not intended for this type of plant. It is meant for much larger plants with greater emissions, such as power plants. If applied to a hot mix asphalt plant, the consultant stated that it could worsen emissions. Instead, staff has been researching other technologies that are more appropriate for asphalt plants and which serve the purpose of reducing emissions.
11/8/2023 Update: Staff has reached out to our consultant for additional information on RTOs as may be implemented in the manufacture of asphalt. We were provided with examples of RTO technology that had been used at asphalt shingle manufacturing facilities. We are not aware of any examples of this technology being used in a hot mix asphalt plant such as is being proposed on this site. Our consultant explained that the potential worsening of emissions with an RTO system is caused by the additional fuel used (natural gas, propane, used oil, etc.) to power the RTO, and the additional CO2 and N2O emissions are not controlled by the system. Literature suggests that the system might be self-sustaining under certain conditions, but this manufacturer claim has not be evaluated. Instead of a RTO system, staff will likely recommend a blue smoke eliminator system, which is industry best practice for reducing emissions.
11/13/2023 Update: Our consultant has provided further information about the difference in asphalt shingle manufacturing vs asphalt batch manufacturing to help explain why the RTO, while it may be appropriate for an asphalt shingle plant, is not necessarily the best technology for a HMAP.
Vulcan provided information in their application regarding their truck traffic including the 2022 average operation day truck traffic, their expected average days with the HMA plant, and the maximum truck potential.
*Number of operational days in 2022 was 105 days. Vulcan estimates that the site will be operational 250 days per year with the HMA plant in production.
It is important to note that the traffic volume on Old Nogales Highway was 8,819 trips per day when last counted in 2022. The road is designated as an arterial and is designed to handle volumes of over 16,000 trips per day while still maintaining a reasonable level of traffic flow. The increased number of trucks will not have a substantial impact on the road’s ability to handle traffic. Additionally, when Old Nogales Highway was designed it was known that this road would be an arterial road. As such, a higher volume of heavy vehicle traffic would be associated with this type of use and the pavement section constructed accordingly. The new heavy vehicle trips proposed by this use would not be outside of what the road was designed to handle.
Should the Town Council determine that the findings support approval, staff may recommend that road improvements be required. These improvements may include turn lanes, acceleration lanes, deceleration lanes, and surface treatments.
11/20/2023 UPDATE: A traffic impact study (TIS) or a traffic impact analysis (TIA) is a specialized engineering document prepared by qualified traffic engineering firms and individuals to assess the potential effects of a proposed development on the surrounding roadway network. Vulcan was required to submit a TIS with their application. The purpose of a TIS or TIA is to determine the potential traffic impacts of a proposed development on the existing road system. It helps ensure safe and reasonable traffic conditions once the development is complete and protects the community’s investment in its street system. The study may also recommend geometric or operational roadway improvements to accommodate the proposed traffic. ADOT and the surrounding jurisdictions maintain specifications and guidelines for the best practices in conducting a TIS/TIA to advise applicants as to what is necessary for a comprehensive, complete and acceptable TIS/TIA for development projects. A TIS/TIA not meeting those guidelines is considered incomplete and unacceptable.
The Town has hired a third party consultant to review all traffic documents related to this project to ensure they meet the required specifications and guidelines. The consultant for this work is a Professional Engineer licensed in the State of Arizona and is also certified as both a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer and a Road Safety Professional specializing in infrastructure. Additionally, all documents have been reviewed by the Town Engineer, a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Arizona and by the town’s Traffic Signal Operations Manager, who is certified as both a Traffic Signal Operations Specialist and Road Safety Professional.
Staff has requested an air modeling study to determine the plant’s emissions and how they will interface with the atmosphere. The study will take into consideration the plant’s proposed location at the bottom of the existing pit. This analysis will be included in the staff report. Should the Council choose to approve the application, they may require additional mitigation measures be placed on the plant to minimize emissions. Vulcan will be required to obtain all necessary permits through the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality.
1/16/2024 Update: Vulcan's air modeling study has been submitted to the Town and has been sent out for third party review by Ninyo & Moore and Stantec. Ninyo & Moore will review and comment on the study that was submitted to us. Stantec will take the data inputs from the study and run their own model. Staff anticipates that these reviews will take approximately 5-6 weeks to complete. The study is available for viewing on the Town's website.
Different agencies have the ability to regulate different aspects of a business. The Town has jurisdiction over land use decisions. PDEQ and ADEQ have jurisdiction over environmental permits.
Not necessarily. Tax status is looked at differently from land use status. The Town makes land use decisions while the Pima County Assessor makes decisions on tax classification. In land use law, discontinuance of a nonconforming use results from the concurrence of two factors: 1) the intent to abandon; and 2) some overt act or failure to act which carries the implication of abandonment (Kubby v. Hammond). The city may not terminate nonconforming use just because a year has passed. Some conduct within the control of and attributable to the property owner must be a cause of the condition justifying termination (City of Glendale v. Aldabbagh). The purpose of tax classification codes is to assess property taxes uniformly across the region so that like properties are taxed at the same rate.
11/8/2023 Update: Staff has continued to work closely with the Town Attorney on this matter, and the determination is that there does not appear to be a legal issue with the status of the nonconforming sand and gravel use. However, staff has requested that Vulcan provide financial records or some other proof of continued operation.
Yes. The Sahuarita Water Company is a private water utility regulated by the Arizona Corporation Commission. The Sahuarita Wastewater Utility is governed by the Sahuarita Town Council and manages the collection and treatment of wastewater (sewage) for our residents. That’s why you receive separate bills for water and sewer service. Since 2014, the Town of Sahuarita has been responsible for wastewater billing.
Yes. You can save $1 per month if you opt for paperless billing, which saves money on printing, processing and postage. You can sign up for paperless billing at the Sahuarita Wastewater Customer Portal or by calling 520.344.7101.
There are several options for paying your wastewater billing:
The Wastewater Utility charges a base service fee of $18.97 each month to all customers connected to the Wastewater Sewer System and $8.39 per thousand gallons of water used each month. Consumption is measured and reported by the Sahuarita Water Company.
A 20 percent irrigation credit is used to adjust for water not discharged into the sewer system. These numbers may be different for businesses. If you’re interested in an alternative irrigation credit, see the Standalone Irrigation Meter Program brochure below and the program enrollment form.
Bills sent in September will reflect water and sewer charges for August. Payment is due by the end of the month.
A $10 late fee is added each month for delinquent accounts. Interest will accrue on delinquent accounts until the balance is paid.
Wastewater fees pay for sewage service to your home including the following:
Operations/Systems - pipline protection, plant equipment, system maintenance and odor control
Customer Support - customer service, online services, system efficiency review, irrigation credits, billings and collections
Sustainability - increased recharge capacity, energy efficiency, new technologies
Strategic Planning - plant expansion, capacity analysis, regional collaboration, sewer network modeling
Quality/Regulatory Compliance - daily testing, on-site lab, quality monitoring, regulatory reporting, annual financial audit
Yes. Customers have 90 days after the billing date to ask for a review of a bill. To make an appeal, complete this form or contact us.
To see what programs are available for assistance with your wastewater bill visit: https://sahuaritaaz.gov/896/11991/Wastewater-Payment-Assistance
Drinking water requires treatment before it is delivered to customers. After the water is used, the resulting "wastewater" requires an even higher level of treatment, so that when it is returned, it doesn’t harm plants, animals or people.
DO NOT use public manholes or cleanouts in the public street. This can disrupt traffic and create safety hazards for pedestrians, children, neighbors, etc.
Use the access “cap” of the private property sewer cleanout for the point of discharge.
Control the rate of flow so that the private lateral does not overflow, causing pool water discharge to impact your property or neighboring properties.
Please see our Guidelines for Emptying a Pool for more information and information for business and commercial pools.
Even though some products are advertised as flushable on the label, they do cause problems for our wastewater infrastructure. Unfortunately, these wipes rarely, if ever, biodegrade in our sewer system.
These wipes collect and inevitably cause clogs and equipment failures. When these wipes enter our facility, they are removed and sent to the landfill. During this time, when many folks are home, and some are having trouble finding toilet paper, some are turning to these wipes.
PLEASE: Flush only natural waste and toilet paper. All other trash, should be disposed of in your trash can.
Sahuarita Water Reclamation Facility asks for your help. PLEASE discard ALL wipes in the trash! Doing your part will help keep our system flowing properly.