Some Oro Valley residents are worried their quality of life will be ruined if over 800 acres of state-owned land ends up getting annexed.
David B and Mel Hockwitt are among those a part of the group called Savethecactus.org.
They’re urging the town of Oro Valley to preserve the small-town atmosphere.
The two parcels of land, identified as Tangerine North and Tangerine South, add up to 852 acres.
"If they take everything out -- all the cactus and the beautiful views then why would I want to live here anymore,” David said.
"This has to stop,” Hockwitt said.
Hockwitt and his wife retired to Oro Valley specifically for the small-town, country-like feel.
He’s worried annexation could lead to a myriad of problems.
“Increased traffic, increased accidents. School systems are going to have to be built. Everything equates to more taxes,” Hockwitt said.
As for David B, he fears Oro Valley could become flooded with high-density housing developments, resembling a Chandler-style suburb.
Damage to the environment and wildlife are also big concerns.
"It's about being proactive in the community to help others understand what's going on and preserving our nature and preserving the desert -- preserving our desert community,” David said.
Oro Valley’s planning manager Bayer Vella said it’s in the town’s interest to engage in talks with the Arizona State Land Department.
Officials are early in the process and Vella emphasized annexation has not been agreed upon by any party at this time.
Vella stressed the importance of working with the community as the town moves forward with the General Plan amendment.
“A conversation needs to occur about ensuring that the quality of life is retained as well as addressed any and all environmental concerns,” Vella said.
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