Neighborhood Plan Activities

Please take time to review and provide input on the final draft of our neighborhood Plan below. Submit your comments online or send to secretary@broadmoorbroadwayvillage.com by March 15. If you would like a printed copy of the plan to review, please call Jacqui at 812.716.5446.


FAQs

Plan adoption timeline:
March 1-15: Draft Neighborhood Plan available for review and comment

March 24: Neighborhood Plan Committee discussion on next steps at the
BBVN General Meeting.

April 7: Neighborhood discussion on Plan

TBD:

After the final adoption by the neighborhood, the plan will go to the city for final adoption by the City Council.

In 2019, the BBVNA board made the decision to update the neighborhood's 30-year-old neighborhood plan, which had guided neighborhood improvements and policies since 1988. A Neighborhood Plan Update Committee was formed, and has been working since that time to update BBVNA's vision for itself and create a new set of goals and guidelines.

The committee conducted a neighborhood survey to identify concerns and ideas, and has gathered feedback at several neighborhood meetings. Based on that feedback and on a review of broader Tucson community goals, the committee has developed a draft plan, and is seeking a final round of comments from neighbors.

To the extent possible, the volunteer Neighborhood Plan Committee has incorporated comments made to this point in time. Please note that comments received by the committee reflected disparate opinions and priorities. Where comments represented opposing viewpoints, committee members referenced Tucson’s voter-adopted comprehensive plan (Plan Tucson), considered pressing issues like stewardship of infrastructure, environmental impact, and social equity, and made their best attempt to recommend the best path forward. Not everyone will agree with every decision, but we hope that neighbors will understand and accept these recommendations as an attempt at balance.

Please submit your comments online or send to secretary@broadmoorbroadwayvillage.com by March 15. If you would like a printed copy of the plan to review, please call Jacqui at 812.716.5446.

The reason for a neighborhood plan is to preserve and protect the quality of life in our neighborhood.

QUALITY OF LIFE/SENSE OF PLACE

The intent of this section is to respect and enhance the well-established and stable community of Broadmoor-Broadway Village. It is a neighborhood that has maintained a congenial and cooperative spirit. It is imperative to nurture this neighbor-to-neighbor connectivity that sustains a desired quality of life in the neighborhood.

Maintain the neighborhood’s historic designation

Be proactive in maintaining historic designation

  • Engage existing and new owners to avoid changes that will remove designation at the property level and offer practical alternatives to these changes

  • Inform realtors, sellers and contractors of alternative property enhancements that still retain historic designation

  • Celebrate designation with new neighborhood signage

Minimize the impact of external light and noise pollution in BBVN

Reduce light pollution from outside sources (e.g., University of Arizona athletic fields)

  • Explore resolution with University of Arizona facilities and BBVN

  • Take action to maintain the community’s Dark Skies designation


Advocate against impact of high-decibel aviation operations (e.g. F-35s)

  • Work with Military Community Relations Committee (MCRC) and other neighborhoods to proactively mitigate negative impacts on BBVN and Robison Elementary School


Strengthen neighbor-to-neighbor connectivity

Enhance and activate public areas within the neighborhood

  • Develop areas beyond Malvern Plaza for neighborhood engagement (e.g., Eastbourne near Broadway Village)

  • Explore an additional water harvesting pocket park at the intersection of Stratford at the south side of Arroyo Chico

  • Continue to encourage Malvern Plaza activities


Support community-led family and social activities

      • Launch BBVNA website to include events promotion

      • Explore general “Events” committee for BBVN or take other measures to support BBVN events (e.g., mini-grants)


Build awareness and knowledge of neighbor histories and stories

  • Develop “Neighbor Recollections” video project to collect neighbor stories and share on BBVNA website

Improve BBVNA engagement to represent a broader spectrum of neighborhood residents

Improve neighbor involvement in neighborhood activities and planning

  • Expand communication strategies to engage a greater percentage of neighbors in activities

  • Ensure that neighborhood activity options exist that are outside of typical working hours

  • Explore how to remove barriers to participation (e.g., enabling virtual access)

  • Reach out to households that are not typically involved to learn more about their interests and concerns

  • Increase the variety of activities held by the neighborhood in order to reach more neighbors

URBAN FORESTRY AND NEIGHBORHOOD APPEARANCE

“A reality of life in Southern Arizona is the seasonal heat, which is worse in urban Tucson than the surrounding open spaces because of all the cement, glass, asphalt, cars, air conditioners, etc. Trees can buffer us from the extremes of high temperatures with their shade, and evapotranspiration… Not only does the residential urban forest help to buffer noise and air pollution, provide shade and micro-climate control, and increase property values, but it provides wildlife habitat, supplies us with food, and beautifies/unifies our neighborhood…. It is time now to prepare for a future where our Urban Forest will be more valuable than ever.” [BBVNA Urban Forestry Manual, 1988]


The intent of this section is to address the major concerns of residents that include the health and longevity of neighborhood tree canopy; promoting the use of native vegetation; keeping the neighborhood well-maintained; addressing the urban heat island effect within the neighborhood; and increasing shade and walkability of the neighborhood.

Maintain existing tree canopy and increase from roughly 25% to 50% of the neighborhood’s area

Increase neighborhood engagement and interest in tree canopy management

  • Conduct yearly neighborhood-wide plantings

  • Replace dead or dying trees in common areas and encourage neighbors to replace dead or dying trees on private property

  • Plant additional trees and maintain trees in public areas

  • Install more water harvesting tree planters to expand both rainwater catchment and planting area, and encourage private landowners to do the same

  • Seek grants and other support to maintain such programs


Assist property owners in establishing and maintaining trees

  • Educate neighbors by hosting workshops and sharing information in other ways

  • Encourage people to install curb cuts and take other measures to collect rainwater


Promote native, desert-adapted species

  • Survey neighbors on either maintaining or gradually transitioning oleanders along Arroyo Chico to native trees and undergrowth

  • Improve and maintain neighborhood entrances with native plants

Maintain and improve natural public areas, including Citation Wash, Arroyo Chico and Malvern Plaza

Maintain natural public areas

  • Create regular neighborhood cleanups and explore opportunities for assistance from community volunteers

  • Arrange for routine maintenance by the City of Tucson in the washes


Protect and improve Citation Wash and Arroyo Chico appearance and use

  • Encourage wash channel improvements/ modifications that minimize the use of concrete for structural bank protection

  • Work with the City of Tucson to enhance and maintain a quality recreational footpath on both sides of Arroyo Chico

Support overall neighborhood appearance

Work with interested homeowners to assist with maintenance challenges

  • Provide information on opportunities to clean up and remove brush or debris

  • Establish a process for property owners to nominate their own properties for clean-up assistance

  • Schedule regular neighborhood cleanups of certain properties with homeowner support before Brush & Bulky

  • Explore providing BBVNA microgrants to assist with dead tree removal for private property owners with limited resources

SAFETY AND MANAGING EMERGENCIES

The intent of this area of concern is to enhance neighborhood health and safety in response to concerns about extreme heat/heat island effects, power outages, drought/water access, flooding, exposure to disease, alley maintenance and wildcat dumping, and mosquitos and drainage within Arroyo Chico and Citation Wash.

Reduce neighborhood vulnerability to fire

Increase awareness of fire risks and ways to address potential dangers

  • Educate neighbors about steps to take on their properties to reduce fire risk

  • Educate neighbors on responsibilities for keeping rear alley easements clear


Manage fire hazards

  • Schedule regular city and neighborhood-led cleanups to clear arroyos, alleys, and other areas of dead vegetation and fire hazards

  • Work with interested neighbors to remove hazardous materials and clear vegetation on properties and rear easements

  • Monitor for invasive species like buffelgrass and arrange for removal as needed

Prepare the neighborhood to effectively cope with emergencies and disasters

Improve neighborhood awareness and preparedness for emergencies

  • Create a Neighborhood Preparedness Committee to work on an emergency response plan, including information on disaster assistance, shelter locations, and household preparedness

  • Share findings and key information from the plan with all neighbors


Reduce the neighborhood’s vulnerability to emergencies

  • Encourage neighbors to guarantee safe access to water by storing an adequate supply of drinking water, installing rain tanks, and taking other steps

  • Create a Neighborhood Preparedness Committee to assist residents in preparing for drought conditions and possible electrical outages

  • Create a buddy system to ensure that vulnerable neighbors are accounted for in emergency conditions (e.g., fire, interruption in water or electrical service)

  • Ensure that neighbors are aware of utility assistance and other programs to avoid utility shut-offs

ENVIRONMENTAL RESILIENCE

In the face of aging infrastructure, increasingly extreme heat, and ongoing drought, BBVN depends on the resiliency of the City of Tucson to continue to thrive. Our residents rely on robust city services, utility infrastructure, and a healthy environment to maintain their quality of life affordably and sustainably.


To that end, it is important for the neighborhood to support broad community efforts to act as stewards of Tucson’s infrastructure, to positively impact long-term community goals, and to encourage and support neighbors who are interested in minimizing their own negative impacts on these critical systems. This section builds on the goals outlined in the Urban Forestry and Safety & Managing Emergencies sections to round out our efforts to make a positive contribution to Tucson’s well-being and environmental health.

Support affordability, comfort, and resilience in BBVN homes

Reduce energy/water use and utility costs

  • Educate residents on energy efficiency, solar power, electrification, etc.

  • Educate residents on greywater, water conservation and water catchment

  • Create a repository of “best practices” and share information resources with neighbors


Increase the number of properties retrofitted for energy and water efficiency

  • Explore options for bulk purchases of solar, rain tanks, energy efficiency materials, etc.

  • Explore events and programs to highlight and expose residents to successful upgrades (e.g., insulation, clotheslines, grey water)

  • Explore partnerships with the City of Tucson and local utilities to facilitate efficiency improvements for interested homeowners


Increase thermal comfort and resilience to extreme heat for individual properties

  • Encourage use of native shade vegetation

  • Encourage the creation of wildlife habitat on both private and public property

  • Encourage use of alternatives to gravel (e.g. woodchips, pecan chips, groundcover) to reduce the amount of retained heat


Reduce scale of impact on City of Tucson waste management infrastructure

  • Share information on materials that can and cannot be recycled

Capture water in public areas

Reduce hardscape and create more stormwater basins/ systems of rainwater catchment in streets

  • Work with city to identify steps necessary for rainwater catchment

  • Explore synergies with traffic calming and tree canopy goals by using water catchment features to narrow roads, slow traffic, and house new trees and other vegetation

  • Identify and pursue funding sources to deliver infrastructure

  • Explore additional options to reduce hardscape

TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORTATION

The intent of this section is to ensure that Broadmoor-Broadway Village Neighborhood streets remain safe for people and bikes as well as cars, and provide opportunities for easy access to active modes of transportation.

Improve traffic safety in the neighborhood

Develop a comprehensive plan to address traffic safety in the neighborhood

  • Work with the city and neighbors to create a traffic safety plan for the neighborhood (e.g, speed humps, signage)

  • Apply for city traffic calming grants to create traffic calming along problem streets


Slow traffic at corners and crosswalks to improve pedestrian safety

  • Work with the city and neighbors to identify approach (e.g., narrowing turn radius at corners or adding bump-outs and/or storm-water planters)

  • Consider pilot projects to see how strategies can work in priority areas

Support better accommodations for bikes, pedestrians, and other non-motorized mobility options

Improve visibility for crosswalks, especially Treat Walkway crosswalks

  • Work with neighbors and the City of Tucson to create a plan (e.g., utilize lighting, signage, reflectors, paint and possible murals designed by neighborhood children to make special lanes and crosswalks)


Improve accommodations for people walking, running, biking, and rolling

  • Ensure dark-skies-compliant lighting along paths where lighting is prioritized for safety

  • Pursue continuous sidewalks on major arterials (Tucson Blvd, Country Club Rd, Broadway Blvd)

  • Explore ways to install wheelchair-accessible sidewalks in key safety areas (e.g., near Broadway Village)


Improve Treat Bicycle Boulevard and the Reid Park to Armory Park multi-use paths

  • Engage and provide input to City of Tucson efforts on these projects


Seek better connectivity with transit, bike, and pedestrian infrastructure in adjacent areas

  • Support Arroyo Chico bikeway and other bikeways that help connect the neighborhood safely to destinations like workplaces, stores, and schools

  • Explore and advocate for better crossing options at Arroyo Chico/Country Club and Arroyo Chico/Tucson

  • Share information among neighbors (through events, website, etc.) on safe bicycle routes

  • Advocate for better transit access along Broadway, including support for bus rapid transit or other options

LAND USE AND DEVELOPMENT

The intent of this section is to help guide the neighborhood on future land use development and ensure the compatibility of new development with existing land uses. The policies recognize both the low-density residential character of the neighborhood and the pressures that create a demand for higher density, especially along the Broadway Boulevard corridor.


Allowing for context-appropriate higher density in the central city core, rather than continuing to expand beyond the edge of current development, could provide greater resilience for all residents in the face of extreme heat, water shortages, and increased population, especially since our infrastructure may become increasingly taxed by these pressures. Doing all that we can to ensure that our precious transportation infrastructure, law enforcement and safety and waste services, and water and energy supplies are maintained during extreme heat events, even with the increased population of the future, is something that is important to all current and future Broadmoor residents.

Work with the City and developers to ensure that any new development inside or adjacent to BBVN does not unreasonably and negatively impact existing residences

  • Avoid lighting, including lighted signs, that reflect or shine directly into the neighborhood. Support the City’s Outdoor Lighting Code with respect to the Dark Skies Initiative to reduce outdoor light pollution.

  • Seek to ensure that developments abutting residential backyards erect walls and vegetation to reduce noise, light pollution and minimize impacts on neighbor privacy.

  • Where traffic or parking impacts are a concern, encourage developments abutting residential streets with neighborhood access to install traffic calming measures and provide adequate parking through an approved parking plan

  • For larger developments, advocate for ingress and egress onto major arterials or adjacent alleys and not through the neighborhood

  • Explore the compatibility of alternatives such as townhomes and other medium-density options where new arterial development abuts the neighborhood

Balance neighborhood and community-wide interests for future development within and adjacent to BBVN

Clarify neighbor vision for future development

  • Set up a standing committee to define shared development goals including desired retail and restaurants, dense and affordable workforce, mixed-income housing, short-term rentals (AirBnB), etc.

  • Maintain current residential zoning on Tucson Boulevard and Country Club Road where they form the borders of the neighborhood. Since the Broadmoor- Broadway Village neighborhood includes homes on both of these streets, maintain the existing zoning on these streets where they form a border with the neighborhood.

  • Actively seek to understand neighbor concerns about having high density on adjacent arterials and ways to address these concerns


Support Tucson’s comprehensive plan priorities

  • Educate neighbors about opportunities for greater housing density, affordable housing, and sustainable transportation in the central city core.

  • Encourage neighborhood-appropriate housing density such as granny flats/casitas, making sure not to lose the historic designation of the primary residences

  • Protect historic buildings on Broadway’s Sunshine Mile Historic District

  • Participate in updates and refinements to Tucson’s comprehensive plan.

Neighborhood Planning Documents