Palominas Preservation Committee
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The Palominas Preservation Committee will impartially research and provide the residents of Palominas the information necessary to make informed decisions about the future of their community. This includes the pros and cons of incorporation. Our goals are to shape growth, prevent annexation, minimize tax increases and direct our own destiny.
We envision an outcome that involves the entire community in developing our unique identity while retaining the essence of our history, life style and the character of our region, yet at the same time accommodate the changes which confront us.
PRESS RELEASE (August 2004):
Citizens Establish the Palominas Preservation Committee
In an effort to find ways to manage inevitable growth, the Palominas Preservation Committee has been formed under the chairmanship of long-time resident Trilby Arnold. Members of the Committee are from a broad cross-section of the community, people who have lived all their lives in Palominas along with more recent arrivals.
Over the past few years, people from across the nation have discovered the beauties of southern Arizona. The boundaries of Sierra Vista have expanded and developers are creating large new projects to meet the needs of new arrivals.
Residents of Palominas have been discussing the future of their community. “We love the sweeping mountain views, the wildlife from the San Pedro riparian area, and the historic character of Palominas. The question is: With rapid growth around us, how long will our community maintain its unique qualities?”
While none of us want higher taxes or more government control of our lives, it is becoming apparent that if the residents don’t take an active role in preserving our community, it may not retain its rural heritage much longer.
The goal of the Committee is to impartially investigate all available alternatives to maintain the values of the Palominas area and the quality of its lifestyle. This includes the possible incorporation of Palominas into a town or city. The Committee is a research group dedicated to examining all sides of the incorporation issue, the pros and cons. It will present its findings to the community so that residents can make informed decisions about the future of Palominas.
Sub-committees have been established to look into various areas such as the cost of incorporation; what the experience of similar towns has been; tax implications; how to provide basic services in the least expensive manner; how to assure new developments are kept in strict compliance with zoning regulations; what problems other communities have had; what governmental agencies can provide assistance; and, finally, investigate what Federal and State grants are available for helping to establish town structure and services.
As soon as the first stage of the investigative process is complete, the information will be available through the website: http://www.palominas.com/ppc flyers at local businesses; direct mail and informal meetings. At each stage, the committee will update the community. At the final stage, the Committee will sponsor a number of town meetings to further community discussion.
The idea of incorporation has come up since at least 1987 but was never fully developed.
For many years this was a ranching and farming community with only a few hundred households. What the community needed, it came together to provide. Set boundaries and a central determining body was not needed. Until the last 5 to 7 years we were too far out to bother with. But more recently we are undergoing a population explosion with many new arrivals to our area. Developers have
found us. At least five are on the drawing boards for this year. The urbanizing effect of a much larger city is moving closer as Sierra Vista grows. At the moment Palominas has little means for input to shape our future.
In the last year or so there has been increasing talk of incorporation as one means to address the changes we confront. Finally a group of us sitting around the kitchen table said "let's stop talking and start finding out just what our alternatives are and just what are the ramifications of incorporation".
A month later on July 6, 2004 we had our first meeting. We expected about a dozen people. More than two dozen showed up. More keep joining. The work begun that night as we formed sub committees to begin digging out the information on population, boundaries, procedures and processes of incorporation, costs, budgets, funding sources and more.
We found that this is a million piece jig saw puzzle and there is much research to do yet before we can confidently answer citizen questions.
Our purpose is research and educate. We believe good decisions depend on good information.
As we complete our first stage of investigation we will put out what we have learned to date through our web page at Palominas.com/ppc , a newsletter, the news media, informal meetings, such as a community pot luck. At each stage we will continue to update the public. When we have a thorough grounding in the details of incorporation and other possible alternatives we will host a number of town meetings. Should the community support incorporation we will begin the process of gathering petition signatures and moving through incorporation procedures. If the community decides for another alternative we will help the community in that process.
We do not expect incorporation or any alternative event will stop growth and the associated changes for our community. What we expect is to have a more direct input, to be able to have a hand in shaping growth in a way that preserves our unique character and lifestyle. To be able to develop and realize a cohesive vision for our community that blends our history, our country aura, our individualism, our environmental abundance and resources with the increase in housing and population and the need for services, both civic and business.
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