La Cañada/Magee Neighborhood Association, Inc.

~ an ad hoc,501(c)4 nonprofit, all volunteer organization ~ serving the area since 1977 ~

P O BOX 90523, Tucson AZ 85752-0523 - (520) 742-2032



Updated September 2013


A neighborhood association is a geographically based organization focusing on common concerns of the residents.  NAs address quality of life issues, may be incorporated, and are voluntary.  NAs identify common goals and may create networks to facilitate needed change through planned projects.  Neighborhood leadership communicates with local government and developers regarding neighborhood concerns.  NAs may implement crime/nuisance prevention and reporting.  NAs neither own nor maintain property, and cannot fine or place liens.  NAs address compliance with county or town codes.  Neighborhood Associations are informal, proactive, and often address public issues that impact the greater area.   


LCMNA’s general purpose is to advance the best interests of the residents and property owners in its neighborhood area. It is not an HOA, and it has no mandatory dues or membership.  It has been listed with the County since 1977.  The revised bylaws (year 2000) require a minimum of 2 general meetings per year.


Mr. Lewis Bacharach, who moved to Tucson from Lancaster, PA, founded the La Cañada/Magee Neighborhood Association in 1977.  He continued to reside on Avenida de las Americas in the Casas Adobes West subdivision and attended meetings with his wife, Mary, until Sept 2006, when they moved back to Lancaster.  Lewis structured this organization similarly to a neighborhood organization that existed where he first lived in PA.  Peter Vokac, who lived on Avenida de Carlotta and was an original member of the Association, took over as President, in 1980, and remained active in that office for eighteen consecutive years.  The Association functioned on an ad hoc basis, and during that time meetings were sporadic as to the need of localized small areas.


In June of 1998, meetings were called to resolve the issue of renegade bees from a local beekeeper as well as some other neighborhood concerns.  Attendance topped out at about 15, except for the October meeting (36!) that was publicized by hand-delivered flyers left in mailboxes (600), most of which were confiscated by the postman.  Because Peter was moving to a nearby location but outside of the LCMNA boundaries, he formally retired at the November ‘98 meeting.  Determined to find a new President, a core group of members launched a campaign to attract more attendees, and packed over 130 people into a room suited for 50 at the January 1999 meeting.  A new President, Mr. Stephen Sisson, stepped forward, and served admirably for the next 10 years. Dave Davis followed as LCMNA President through the beginning of 2011, leading us through the RTA La Canada Improvement. When Dave retired, Stephen Hildebrand took the reins.  Steve has now accepted a job in British Columbia. Would anyone like to step up?


The purpose of the Association from its inception in 1977 was to uphold the Area Plan - and in 1977 this was the Tortolita Community Plan.  On Oct 13, 1992, the new Pima County Comprehensive Land Use Plan was adopted, and our area became the Cañada Del Oro Subregion. 


The Cañada Del Oro Subregion was the area north of Ina Road to the Pinal County Line; east of Thornydale to approximately Oracle and the Coronado National Forest line.    In 2001, the Pima County Comprehensive Land Use Plan was reviewed and revised.  Our subregion was revamped and renamed The Northwest Subregion, with new boundaries that included the CR-1 (residential: one home per acre) neighborhoods similar to ours but south of Ina Road.  LCMNA reps will be participating in the imminent 2013-2014 Comprehensive Plan Update.  


The Neighborhood Association boundaries were originally set in 1977-78 to include neighborhoods within a one mile radius (boundaries were a circle) from intersection of North La Cañada Drive and West Magee Road.   According to the 1997 amended Plan, and like many of the homes in southern Oro Valley, this area of the Cañada Del Oro/Northwest Subregion is part of a unique group of homes on 1-acre lots.  This area is distinctive to the subregion, worthy of attention, and deserving of an association to monitor the development that affects it.  The association boundaries were redrawn into a square with the revision of the bylaws in Dec 2000, and run from Ina > Northern > Hardy > La Cholla. 


In 1977, the development of the townhomes of Villas De La Cañada, behind St Mark's Church and adjacent to the CR-1 development of Casas Adobes West - near the intersection of La Cañada & Magee - was the impetus for the formation of the association. The density of townhomes adjacent to the newly established CR-1 subdivision was a cause of concern for the CR-1 property owners. The development was successfully mitigated. A similar development of increased density for the northwest corner of the intersection, proposed around 1978, was successfully defeated. 

Opposition centered on the proximity of the proposed development to the Carmack Wash. This was later resolved with the limited development of Santa Fe Park subdivision, in which the association participated, and which left approximately 8 acres of land in its natural state to allow for uninterrupted flow of the wash.  This area is now a walking park for the residents of Santa Fe Park. County planners advised the association that the northwest corner at Magee/La Cañada was destined to become commercial; yet today CR-1 development remains in place. The association has participated in developments and rezonings in the area whenever possible, attempting to mitigate what the residents perceive as undesirable effects.


The Bank at the corner of Ina & La Cholla was an association project, as well as the entire Albertson's development, which took over a year of deliberations. 1995, Peter Vokac participated in the negotiations for the rezoning of the 30 acres along Northern Avenue, just south of the (then) Fry’s Shopping Center, which provided mitigation for the residents living along Northern Avenue, proximate to that parcel. In 2002 that area was proposed for annexation by Oro Valley with absolutely no regard for the members of our assn on the west side of Northern Ave (still Pima County residents).  The Assn alerted the neighbors to the details of the preannexation agreement between Oro Valley and B P Magee LLC (the prospective developer).  LCMNA officers and those neighbors approached Oro Valley officials and the developer in an attempt to retain the mitigation agreement they had obtained from the County.  They were able to negotiate for some mitigation from the commercial impact on their adjacent residential area, but it was much less than would have been their due had the previous County agreement prevailed.


Some other issues the assn has tackled include successfully opposing the proposed Grease Monkey at Ina/La Cholla, acquiring a 90 ft pristine bufferyard between Venture West's La Cholla Corporate Center and the residents to the east, assisting the Casas Adobes West Neighborhood Coalition in the battle against Lowes at the southwest corner of Ina and La Cholla (& facilitating the development of the Casas Commercial Center there instead), defeating the Neighborhood Assisted Living Center Ordinance, and assisting the county in the creation of the Large Scale Retail (aka Big Box) Ordinance, Bed & Breakfast Ordinance, the creation of the Home Auto Repair Ordinance, and several revisions of the Home Occupation Ordinance.  LCMNA is also a charter member of the Northwest Area Transportation Coalition (the “NWATC” was founded in 1999, inspired by residents of Tucson National Estates & Townhomes, in response to the increasing traffic gridlock).


Mitigation efforts for Wal*Mart and Club Carmel/TierraVida developments were somewhat difficult.  However,
the catchwords to a successful negotiation are cooperation and compromise, with each party understanding and respecting the other party's interests and concerns.  Compromise agreements are not always achievable nor are the negotiations always pleasant.  Occasionally, there is no “win-win” resolution.


Considering the failure of the incorporation effort for Casas Adobes and the potential for annexation by Oro Valley, our Neighborhood Association has a unique voice within Pima County District One.  We are among the largest and oldest Neighborhood Associations in the County.


Paramount now are the issues of attempted commercialization of existing residences along Ina Road, annexation, and the implementation of the RTA roadway Improvements. With the realignment of Magee Road (connecting the two separate section of Magee thru the vacant parcel behind the homes along West Paseo Monserrat) and the jughandle to accommodate La Cholla’s westbound-Magee traffic, the assn negotiated for a low activity, natural open space with a new Metro Water well for the remainder of that parcel. 


Our association area is approximately 4 sq. miles. This is perhaps why the association, when left to one person during most of the ‘80s and ‘90s, was relatively unknown.  In 1999 the new leaders attempted to change that by encouraging residents from the large area to attend semiannual meetings to facilitate general updates of what is happening in the area, with supplemental smaller group meetings regarding issues that impact specific areas.


The 2005 incorporation of the association provided its 501(c)4 nonprofit status, and the current liability insurance is required for LCMNA to use meeting space.  The incorporation of the association has no bearing on its function.  It is not, nor will it ever be, a homeowners association (a legal entity which is created to own and maintain common areas and/or place fines and liens on a member’s property).  The LCMNA does not function as an HOA.


As a body - as an organized group – the association has a significant effect.  This is evident throughout LCMNA history.  The Association directs, assists, and guides members through negotiations regarding developments, with proximate neighbors, etc., that threaten to negatively impact residential property.  The assn is well known and effectively deals with Pima County Development Services and the Board of Supervisors.


Many hands make light work in monitoring and protecting your property, your streets, and your neighborhood. The association exists for your benefit.  It cannot fully function without your participation. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

  Profile © Gail Lawley 2013