Oro Valley Council approves Economic Expansion Zone

By Chris Flora

ExplorerNews.com

A lengthy discussion over the implementation of an economic expansion zone (EEZ) in Innovation Park took place in the Oro Valley council chambers on Oct. 3.

The ordinance, specific only to Innovation Park, was designed by Town staff with a goal of attracting and retaining businesses with high quality jobs by eliminating steps from the typical zoning review process to include neighborhood meetings, review by the Conceptual Design and Review Board, and Town council review, thereby offering time savings for business applicants and increasing a competitive edge in the global market.

The new process is expected to shorten overall review time by about three months.

“We’re trying to be unique,” said Matt Michaels of Development and Infrastructure Services. “At worst, this will get us on parity with our competitors, and at best it will help us to stand out.”

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