In 2013, it was 13,000 to 14,000. Now it’s 15,000 to 16,000. Greater Vail is 20,000 people. (Sahuarita has 27,000; Oro Valley has 40,000; Marana has 50,000.)
Members of the committee met with them. Millions of dollars have been spent to develop and since they have agreements with Pima County, they have to protect their interests for now. New state law allows developers to opt out.
We have sat down with people in Corona. They do not want to be part of Vail incorporation. Possibly in future, they could be annexed. City of Tucson would have opportunity to annex them into Tucson.
If Vail was a town, we could develop our own plan. Initially, we would follow Pima County guidelines until we could establish our own guidelines.
Pros – already paying taxes, would be able to better control our future, would have a say in what’s needed and how to grow, have better police protection.
Risks – would have another (municipal) layer of government, would still be part of Pima County, would have growing pains as a new town, would possible need to create a charter, could still be some unknowns.
No, the newly created Town of Vail officials will be elected by the residents.
Areas have to be together (contiguous), you can’t have islands within a town. We need to understand Tucson's and the State/Federal Parks boundaries. Most vacant land is owned by State of Arizona. They are the largest developer in State. Will turn it into land to make money.
The simple answer is to serve the Vail community by listening to as many residents as possible with stakeholder meetings, focus groups, larger town hall meetings, or even standing in line at the grocery store. Which begs to the question of don’t the members of this team have anything better to do than plan gatherings where they can listen to people in most cases with people they have never met previously?
These greater Vail area residents are very busy and committed, which may be why they came together with the common goal of wanting to know what the residents of the greater Vail area desire or even dream of the future of the area beyond their lifetimes. The commonality for this very diverse team is a love of the desert, the wildlife, the mountains, and the sunsets.
The team, each with brief descriptions on the Team page, receive no financial compensation for their service. Their reward is the knowledge they have helped to perpetuate the culture of Vail as the area goes from rural with cattle, to suburban, to even later to urban. We are growing and that growth will continue. We have the opportunity to building the future Vail of which to be proud.
The members have already begun the process of listening and will continue to listen until the time they know what the majority of resident desire. They will study and explore sharing with transparency their finds with the residents. The residents will have the final say between remaining as a part of Pima County, be annexed by the City of Tucson, or incorporated to become the Town or City of Vail.
This group consists of several Vail resident volunteers who are interested in exploring, with community input, the viability and interest of incorporating Vail. Click on the Team page to see the members of this group.
There was an initiative to incorporate in 2013 that did not pass. Since that time, Tucson continues to expand and is now at Vail’s doorstep. The Greater Vail Chamber brought together a group of local Vail residents and leaders to see if there was an interest in incorporation. After several meetings, the group decided that enough had changed from the 2013 effort to consider incorporation. The group plans to listen to the Vail community and determine the viability and interest of incorporating Vail. Incorporate Vail AZ? sees their role as providing research and information so that Vail residents have the tools to decide if this is the right path forward for the community.
Many people move to Vail to experience the beauty of this community. The adjacent vacant lands provide a magnificent setting for its residents. Almost all the vacant land outside of Tucson is owned by the Arizona State Land Department (https://land.az.gov/). The mission of the State Land Department is to maximize the value of these vacant lands and sell them to fund schools and prisons. As the metropolitan Tucson area grows, these lands will likely be developed.
No, a school district's boundaries (Vail School District's boundary is 425 square miles) or means of operation will NOT be affected by the incorporation of a municipality within that boundary. In fact, many school districts with incorporated cities in their boundaries have entered into contractual agreements for use of school facilities such as buildings, ball fields, or buses for after school or weekend community use.
Please see this link (www.incorporatevailaz.org/team) for the members of the committee. These are all volunteer local Vail residents.
Keep checking this website for the latest updates. Submit your name to our mailing list so that you may find out more information as it becomes available. If you have a desire to help educate others in this process, consider being an Ambassador by signing up at this link: https://incorporatevailaz.org/ambassador
The Town Halls in August, 2022 and December, 2022 included Question and Answer Sessions with Residents