Friday, March 18, 2011

Ruling: Mini-Dorms Are Not Single Family Residences

Posted By on Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 2:57 PM

It's not too farfetched to call today's ruling by the city of Tucson's zoning administrator potentially historic; after all it concerns Michael Goodman and mini-dorms, a powerful combination and a growing epidemic in neighborhoods north of the UA.

Zoning Administrator Craig Gross issued a ruling today in favor of the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association's Request for Determination and Complaint of Violation regarding Goodman's developments.

Here's a part of the press release from the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association:

The Complainants had alleged that the Goodman Development does not comply with the R-1 zoning land use pursuant to the Tucson Land Use Code. The City of Tucson’s Zoning Administrator Craig Gross ruled that the Goodman Development, comprised of Goodman properties rented in Jefferson Park, does not meet the intent or purpose of the R-1 (single family) zoning. The Ruling issued today states “it is further determined that the Goodman Development is in fact being operated as group dwellings and is therefore not a permitted use in the R-1 zone.”

Attorney (Minnette) Burges noted, “The neighbors of Jefferson Park have won this first battle against the mini-dorm developers. This will protect single family residential neighborhoods for now. However, we must be vigilant and we have much work ahead to protect the historic neighborhoods surrounding the University of Arizona from the predatory practices of some developers whose vision for these neighborhoods is very different from the vision of resident neighbors.” She notes that, pursuant to the Tucson Land Use Code, “group dwellings” are prohibited in both R-1 and R-2 zones.

The determination offers the developer, Michael Goodman, 30 days in which to file an appeal with the City of Tucson’s Zoning Department Board of Adjustment.

Robert “Bob” Schlanger of JPNA notes that the historic neighborhoods surrounding the University of Arizona have maintained for the last ten years that these dwellings have always been in violation of the intent of R-1 zoning. “It has been a long frustrating process that we have endured to arrive at this point. We are extremely pleased that the Zoning Administrator agrees with us.”

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