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Public participation is the cornerstone of all Planning Division projects. Oro Valley’s award winning Community Academy provides a a foundation of knowledge to help residents effectively participate in Town governance. Beyond the Academy, there are numerous opportunities to engage in the land use planning process. Neighborhood meetings are required for each private development proposal and enable residents to learn and discuss proposals early in the review process.    


The Town of Oro Valley is pleased to offer you the opportunity to enroll in the Town’s Community Academy on local governance. This year’s Community Academy is intended to provide a better understanding of Oro Valley community planning and Town services.

Seven classes will be held in the evening from November 3 through December 7, 2016. All classes will be held at Town Hall located at 11000 N. La Cañada Drive. The class schedule is shown below.

Enroll in Community Academy by clicking here.  Space is limited, so please enroll soon. For more information, please contact Roseanne Flores, Senior Office Assistant, at (520) 229-4832 or

PDF Class Schedule Community Academy

Class 1: Welcome to Oro Valley

Date:  Thursday, November 3 from 6 to 8 PM
Location:  Council Chambers      

This course covers the Town’s organizational structure and the community’s direction over the next ten years. This meeting will include a brief history of our community, roles and responsibilities of Town departments, and the creation and importance of the Your Voice, Our Future General Plan.

Your Voice, Our Future Presentaiton

November 3, 2016, Class 1 Video

Class 2:  Approaching Build Out 

Date:  Wednesday, November 9 from 6 to 8 PM
Location:  Council Chambers      

Have you ever wondered where future development will occur? Or how the Town maintains roads, stormwater systems and the water supply? In this session, participants will learn about how land has developed, what’s in store for the future, and the state of public infrastructure in Oro Valley.

Engineering Presentation

Planning Presentation

Stormwater Presentation

Water Presentation

November 9, 2016 Class 2 Video

Class 3:  Growing Commercial Opportunities 

Date:  Tuesday, November 15 from 6 to 8 PM
Location:  Council Chambers      

This course will provide participants with an understanding of near- and long-term commercial opportunities in Oro Valley. It will include a presentation on the Oro Valley Main Streets project and discussions about commercial growth with local market experts in business, property brokerage and commercial development.

CBRE Presentation

Main Street Presentation

Planning Presentation

Ross Ruleny Presentation

November 15, 2016 Class 3 Video

Class 4:   Creating Jobs and Our Town Finances

Date:  Thursday, November 17 from 6 to 8 PM
Location:  Council Chambers      

Discover the tools and practices used to create fiscal stability and job opportunities in Oro Valley. This course provides insights on what the Town of Oro Valley is doing to maintain its finances, fund Town services, and attract new employers to our community. The class discussion includes current and expected financial trends and efforts to attract new businesses.

November 17, 2016 Class 4

Economic Development Presentation

Sun Corridor Presentation

Finance Presentation

Class 5: Maintaining Fun and Safety in Oro Valley

Date:  Thursday, December 1 from 6 to 8 PM
Location:  Council Chambers      
In the last two years, Oro Valley has been recognized as one of the most playful cities and safest suburbs in America. This class focuses on parks and recreation today, the Naranja Park Master Plan, and public safety programs and techniques.

Class 6:  Discovering Public Art (Optional Class)

Date:  Visit for dates and times
Location:  Begins and ends at Town Hall

This optional class is your opportunity to take a guided tour of the Town’s public art. These public art tours are held on the second and third Tuesdays of every month. Space is limited, so please sign up immediately by visiting the Economic Development Department website found on

Class 7:  Conserving Our Natural Environment

Date:  Wednesday, December 7 from 4 to 6 PM
Location:  Hopi Conference Room       

Oro Valley’s greatest assets are its natural environment and beauty. This session explains how the Town of Oro Valley conserves the natural environment and how residents can join the effort at home. Discussion topics include the Town’s Environmentally Sensitive Lands Ordinance, at home water use techniques, and how to create a backyard bird habitat. The Tucson Audubon Society will be our special guest.

Graduation with the Oro Valley Town Council

Date:  Wednesday, December 7 from 6 to 7 PM
Location:  Council Chambers      

Participants are invited to attend a Town Council meeting to receive their certificate of completion.


The Town of Oro Valley has an extensive Public Participation requirement for all new development applications which is intended to:
•Build trust through effective public outreach
•Promote fair and open dialogue
•Inform and educate stakeholders
•Provide stakeholders an opportunity to ask question, identify issues and forge solutions
•Promote consistent implementation of agreed upon solutions

The Public Participation provisions require a minimum of two (2) neighborhood meetings for most development applications.  The first meeting is an education session to discuss the process and applicable regulations.  The second meeting is an opportunity for the applicant to present the project, solicit feedback, and address issues and concerns.  A complete listing of the Town’s Public Participation process can be found in Section 22.15 of the Zoning Code.


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