KMSB "Fox-11 Forum," Sunday, 4/3/10, 7:30 AM & KTTU "In Focus," Sunday, 4/10/11, 10:30 AM

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

Host Bob Lee interviews  Amber Smith, Exec. Dir.,and Terry Klipp, Board member, Metropolitan Pima Alliance,created in 1997 following discussions about the need for an organization to deal realistically with development and growth-related issues in Pima County.

Klipp says the MPA facilitates dialogue between members of the development community with those of the public sector…including governments, private citizens and other public interest groups.  He says its membership is comprised of representatives of local governments, the business community, and not-for-profit groups. 

Smith says  one of the recent issues mediated by MPA was the refinement of the City of Tucson’s Certificate of Occupancy codes.  She says very narrow rules regarding electrical, structural and other matters were relaxed to make it easier for them to be occupied and used and thus generate tax dollars. She says another MPA “success story” is the negotiation with the City of Tucson and Pima County on deferring or delaying impact fees and creating a well-balanced rainwater harvesting code in Oro Valley.

Klipp says MPA strongly believes in the positive participation and contributions of the private business sector working in collaboration with local jurisdictions.  He says MPA’s goal is to participate, educate and influence public policy and decision making for Metropolitan Pima County.  He says, since its inception, MPA has grown to become a major voice in the community on growth related issues.