ORO VALLEY HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION
February 1, 2016
HOPI CONFERENCE ROOM
11000 N. LA CANADA DRIVE
Chair Lane called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.
|Marilyn Lane, Chair |
Jenni Sunshine, Vice Chair
Alison Crane, Commissioner
Dan Huff, Commissioner
Joseph Kane, Commissioner
Walter Ohlson, Commissioner
Eric Thomae, Commissioner
ALSO PRESENT:Mike Zinkin, Town Council Member
Kristy Diaz-Trahan, Parks & Recreation Director
Lynanne Dellerman, Recreation & Cultural Services Manager
Michael Spaeth, Senior Planner
Vice Chair Sunshine recommended expanding the work plan item details in Item 4: Annual Work Plan Goal Setting.
MOTION: A motion was made by Vice Chair Sunshine and seconded by Commissioner Thomae to approve the January 4, 2016 minutes as amended.
Chair Lane welcomed the new Commissioners. The Commissioners, staff and speakers introduced themselves.
Senior Planner Michael Spaeth reviewed the Mattamy Homes project. The Conceptual Site Plan is currently in review and will be provided to the Conceptual Design Review Board and they will provide a recommendation to Town Council. It will then come back to Final Site Plan approval and grading will begin.
Desert Archaeology President William Doelle discussed the discovery of footprints during excavation of a 3,000 year old agricultural field in the Ina Road area and another near Sunset Road.
Mr. Doelle reviewed the following information about Honey Bee Village:
- The history
- How the site has developed over time
- Excavation statistics
- Field statistics
- Features outside the preserve
- How they are addressing burial areas
Mr. Spaeth reviewed the timeline. Staff is reviewing the Treatment Plan.
Recreation & Cultural Services Manager Lynanne Dellerman discussed the educational opportunities available, including viewing the recent archeological footprint discovery.
Director of the Drachman Institute Brooks Jeffery presented the following:
- Summary of completed Oro Valley preservation efforts
- Findings and recommendations in Rock, Art, Ranch and Residence
- Historic contexts including early transportation routes, cattle ranching, homesteading and early residential development
- Discussion of definitions, tools and needs
- Benefits of property listings on the National Register of Historic Places
- 50% reduction in state property taxes for full-time residents
- Tax credits for commercial properties
- How properties qualify for the National Register of Historic Places
- Sample projects
- Reference documents to assist with the process
Oro Valley Historical Society President Warren Lazar reviewed the following:
- A Steam Pump Ranch Project Team has been organized to raise money for restoration and historical rebuilding.
- They are in the process of looking at grants to assist with the garage restoration.
- They hope to work with the Town to establish a historical center to include office space for the Oro Valley Historical Society, a museum and a study room and educational room.
- Steam Pump Ranch Project Team is documenting ranch history for an oral history.
- Additional speaker's bureau volunteers are needed.
- They will report to the Commission on the Steam Pump Ranch inventory in March.
Chair Lane discussed the following:
- The writing contest is underway and information is on the Town's website.
- Additional Historic Preservation brochures are needed.
- Writing contest applications should be available at the Oro Valley Library.
Ms. Diaz-Trahan explained all remedial work has been completed and we are finalizing the pest component.
- Off the Vine Wine Festival is on February 20, 2016 at Steam Pump Ranch.
- Parks & Recreation has a staffing change.
Chair Lane said Bill Adler was significant to Oro Valley and was a mentor to the Commission. The group discussed the following ideas to recognize Mr. Adler:
- Naming an educational program the "William Adler Educational Outreach Program". The program would include an essay, speaker's bureau and the Oro Valley history video created by Mr. Adler.
- Naming the museum or study center at Steam Pump Ranch after Mr. Adler.
- Naming a Town meeting room after Mr. Adler.
MOTION: A motion was made by Commissioner Thomae and seconded by Vice Chair Sunshine to recommend naming the Historic Preservation Commission's educational outreach program after Bill Adler.
MOTION: A motion was made by Commissioner Thomae and seconded by Commissioner Huff to present to Town Council the suggestions to change the name of a room at Town Hall to honor Mr. Adler and a room in the Steam Pump Ranch garage also be named after Mr. Adler.
- Collections inventory presentation by the Oro Valley Historical Society
- Update on a process to identify historic properties with regard to signage
- Historic Preservation Commission rules
- Writing Contest review and discussion
MOTION: A motion was made by Commissioner Thomae and seconded by Vice Chair Sunshine to adjourn the meeting at 7:27 p.m.
Senior Office Specialist
I hereby certify that the foregoing minutes are a true and correct copy of the minutes of the regular session of the Historic Preservation Commission of Oro Valley, Arizona held on the 1st day of February, 2016. I further certify that the meeting was duly called and held and that a quorum was present.