The Santa Cruz Valley Citizens Council is a non-profit Arizona corporation. Our purpose is to inform and educate members about local and regional issues affecting our community, and to advocate for members' views regarding these issues.
More than 500 members of the Citizens Council have influenced a wide range of issues, shaping the character and future of our community - issues including utility rates, mining, water and development.
The SCVCC was formed and incorporated in 1984 by three primary individuals, Mike Shipione, Dick Bosse and Arthur Lowe as a way to combine Tubac Homeowner Associations into one organization in order to fight a planned high density housing project called “Tubac Alta”. Dick Bosse was the first SCVCC president followed by Boyd Morse, Gary Brasher, Rich Bohman, Jim Patterson, Homero Lopez, and currently, Clem Shute.
The SCVCC continues to oppose inappropriate development as well as use our collective voice to advocate at the County, State and Federal level on issues affecting our community. Over the years this organization has successfully stopped an outlet mall from being built at Exit 34, a 345 Kv power line from coming through our valley and several large scale upzoning projects requiring major comprehensive plan changes. If these developments had been successful they would have changed the rural character of our area forever.
The SCVCC has worked with developers in getting the Tubac Golf Resort initiatives approved as well as several new development projects that adhered to the County Comprehensive Plan, an important document to which our organization was a major contributor.
The SCVCC conducted an Incorporation study twice, in 1988 and again in 2006, to see if our community would be better off with localized government. In both cases, the community overwhelmingly decided not to incorporate and to continue to have the SCVCC represent our interests.
The SCVCC has intervened on behalf of members and used legal representation to oppose disproportionate rate increases from utility companies serving our community.
The SCVCC has over the years supported the Border Patrol but has taken a position against a multi-million dollar permanent interior checkpoint with the rationale that the border needs to be secured at the border.
Overall, the SCVCC has a history of being a watchdog organization that relies on the diligence of its Board of Directors and District Representatives as well as the collective help of community members to ensure that Tubac and the surrounding communities that make up the seven districts comply with the Comprehensive Plan and remain the kind of place where we all chose to live.
Full voting memberships are available to those who live or rent within our District Boundaries.
Associate memberships are offered to anyone interested in the Council's activities, but who lives outside our District Boundaries.