The Pima County Board of Supervisors approved a plan to build a bike ranch on nearly 20 acres in the buffer zone directly across from Saguaro National Park East. Republican Supervisors Steve Christy and Ally Miller and Democrat Ramón Valadez voted to approve the ranch yesterday.
The vote came after several hours of contentious discussion and public testimony. In the end a last- minute addition of conditions from the Audubon Society assured a tie-breaking yes from Valadez. Christy, who represents the district where the bicycle-tourism site will be built, was fully behind the project.