Residents concerned about east-side home development

A developer is planning to make room for a new community on the east-side.  It would add 49 homes to a piece of land north of Tanque Verde Road just before Tanque Verde Loop.

The WLB Group is the developer and they presented to a crowd of about 20 residents who live in the area, at Emily Gray Junior High School on Thursday night.

The property they want to use is about 53 acres, and the plan was to build 36 homes, at one home per 3.3 acres. The group is now asking the Pima County Zoning Commission to allow them to build 49 homes, that would be on half or three quarter acre lots.

The residents have several concerns about the project.  The first being height of the homes, current residents don't know if the homes will be one or two story.  If two story homes are built, some residents are upset that these homes may block their view of the mountains.

Another big concern is flooding in the area.  The houses are expected to be built along the Agua Caliente Wash, which has a history of flooding. During the presentation, the WLB representative mentioned that the homes were not in a flood plain.

"Flooding is huge, it still floods on our side, how did they change the flood plain, they haven't done any improvements since 1993," said Allison Sprinkle, a resident who lives close to where the homes would be built.

WLB is still looking for a home builder. They believe the homes would range in size from 3,000 to 3,500 square feet. They are also calling this a conservation sub-division.

There are still a number of hoops to jump through for WLB Group. The first being on July 31 when the developers try to get approval from the Pima County Zoning Commission.

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