Tucson city council passes mini-dorm restrictions; Oro Valley and Marana have first joint council meeting

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- There are now more restrictions for developers who build so called minidorms near the U of A.

The city council passed new rules for the jefferson park neighborhood. It makes it more difficult to build the large second floor mini-dorms use to house multiple residents.

And for the first time ever, the City of Marana and Oro Valley come together for a joint council meeting.

The two neighboring cities met Wednesday night to discuss development opportunities that would help benefit both towns.

"We have a unique brand of the north western region and we just decided that it was time to collaborate in this tough economy to figure out what it is that we can do together to become sucessful in this economically development of tough times," said Mayor Satish Hiremath.

Mayor Hiremath feels both the cities are very similar to each other and are very close to each other in location.

Hiremath also says he hopes to make the joint council meetings an annual event.