The homeowners association is asserting, what they say is, authority over a piece of land used by cyclists and hikers to access the trail system. According to the HOA they will close the access trail starting on Oct. 1.
While the issue was not officially on the agenda, bicycle advocate Damion Alexander organized an event for supporters to speak during the call to audience portion of the meeting.
So many people showed up that it was standing room only inside and many people had to stand outside during the meeting.
Several supporters of the trail spoke about the importance of the access point and the value it provides to community as a whole.
Speakers who live along the trail complained about noise and traffic outside their homes at all hours of the day. They also said that signage prohibiting night riding had been ignored, which led to the more drastic step of closing access completely.
Prior to the call the audience, an Oro Valley official stated in an update that Oro Valley has no jurisdiction over the land and can not force the HOA to provide access.
However a council member asked if the town could take it using eminent domain.
No official action can be taken on an issue not on the regular agenda, but the Oro Valley council said they would continue to speak with the HOA and bicyclists to work out a solution.