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Another Three Story Sedona Hotel for VOC

Sedona AZ (January 9, 2019) – The following is a letter to the SedonaEye.com editor:

The Jacks Canyon and SR 179 roundabout southeast corner property owners (Patel) are requesting a zoning map change and variances and multiple setback waivers in order to erect a Hilton Garden Inn 165 room and 3 story hotel and extended stay facility in the VOC. The above rendering was submitted with the project. The 4.65 acre corner lot is presently zoned residential/rural RCU-2A.

Another 3-story hotel in the VOC.

Owners of the vacant property at the corner of Jacks Canyon and Hwy 179 have requested rezoning and variances. The county document dated, October 30, 2018 is available for community members to review.

The property at the corner of Jacks Canyon and Hwy 179 is zoned residential and will need to be rezoned to accommodate the proposed 3-story hotel, Hilton Garden Inn.

It is important that community members email Yavapai County with comments regarding the rezoning and variances by Friday, January 11, 2019. Use this email: planning@yavapai.us. (Leah Genovese – leah.genovese@yavapai.us is the plan reviewer.)

A recent controversial issue, a master sign plan, was strongly opposed by the community. The county dismissed the opposition as “too late” and approved the plan.

According to the county document, the comment deadline for this latest controversial development is January 11. The county P&Z meeting to recommend or not recommend the request is February 21, 2018. The board of supervisors will decide on the request on March 20, 2019.

The VOC is a cash cow for the county. Our tax dollars support a college in Prescott. Tourist development revenue will go out of the VOC. This is about money. Some things are more important than money. Water, traffic, housing, etc.

Take action. Spread the word. The county isn’t going to tell you.

Big Park Council doesn’t even have the issue on the agenda for the January meeting.

Stop the VOC from being turned into a resort town.

Send your comments to the county. Don’t let the deadline be an excuse for the county to ignore community comment.

Barb Gordon
VOC resident

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7 Comments

  1. Barb Gordon says:

    Update. Regarding Hilton Garden Inn. I attended the Big Park Council meeting today, January 10, 2019. It was reported the January 11th deadline is for the various departments, not the public comment. It was reported that the public may comment right up until the March 20th supervisors’ vote. Keep in mind, the supervisors criticized the public for not communicating earlier in the process with the sign plan. The latest message is that the public needs to influence Big Park Council and VOCA before those groups make recommendations to the county. The supervisors will rely heavily on the recommendations from Big Park Council and VOCA. Do not delay in sending opinions to the county, Big Park Council and VOCA (if you are a member of VOCA). The Big Park Council P&Z committee will meet tomorrow, January 11 at 9am at the Church of the Nazarene. No public comment will be allowed. The VOCA calendar indicates the Architectural Committee will meet on January 17 at 10am. If you are a VOCA member, confirm the day and time and agenda. VOCA will have a recommendation separate from Big Park Council. If you want to influence the recommendation, you must participate. At least that was the message I felt was sent at the meeting today.

  2. Rise and shine BIG PARK says:

    My view:

    The owners in that subdivision would have to give permission from the majority of Pine Creek 2 in order to change the zoning. I got that from VOCA years ago. Pre Hoamco.

    For a copy of the CCR’s call:

    PINE CREEK 2
    VOCA
    690 Bell Rock Blvd., Sedona, AZ 86351
    928-284-1820
    fax: 928-284-3138

    Pine Creek 2 CCR’s.
    These CCR’s are self renewing and listed with the County.

    Tract B and Tract A are all part of this Pine Creek 2 Subdivision.

    Tract B may be used for public utility, sewage disposal, and business purposes.
    The operative word is MAY.

    The stakeholders of Pine Creek 2 under the guidance of a stakeholder in that subdivision that can be trusted to act with integrity should be overseeing process of making decisions or recommendations as a collective concerning re zoning. Someone might canvass that neighborhood and get consensus if possible.

    You might talk to the subdivision about the reality of traffic congestion out of Jacks Canyon Rd and 179, delivery trucks, dumpster trash removal noise, lights, cars moving in and out noise. People noise. What would happen to their RIGHT to quiet enjoyment as homeowners?

    Draft from 11/28/18 Voca Board Meeting

    Supervisor Garrison asked the VOCA BOD if they were interested in weighing in on any re-zoning requests that come forward regarding this parcel, considering that the parcel is within the VOCA HOA associations. The BOD will take this under advisement as developments occur.

    VOCA may decide to bypass the subdivision CCR’s because they seem to do whatever they want with out subdivisions knowledge or approval. That is documented.

    There is a conflict of interests with a VOCA board member sitting on the BPWWID finance Board.

    The County is supposed to consider the community Vision statement which seemed to be completely ignored when they approved the Westin at Oak Creek outlets.

    The County counted the outlet existing building as a basement so no community engagement for the third floor. That building has now obliterated our view shed for residents, visitors and affected the businesses across the street. You could ask if the County if they followed the legal interpretation of the builder without doing their own? Ask for documentation. It could set a precedence although these lots in the new request appear to be original elevation.

    There is also a loophole in the County ordinance concerning elevation that needs to be fixed. Ask the County (development services) what that loophole is and close it.
    I would focus on that before any more building. Talk to your County Supervisor Garrison. As most of you know, all of this building has started since the last supervisor left.

    web.bos.district3@yavapai.us

    The County is very aware of the Big Park communities desires concerning small town character yet were happy to make 200,000.00 in room fees for the Westin with a parking shortage. The hotel is borrowing 69 parking spaces from the other side of the outlet which is going to house 3 restaurants. They already have a parking problem as far as I am concerned. They did not feel a traffic study was in order so no traffic study.

    These parcels are right next door on the other side of Jacks Canyon Rd.

    Here are the Parcels in Tract B in Pine Creek 2

    Parcel 405-33-479G

    Bhagavanshriji LLC
    PO Box 217
    Flagstaff, AZ 96002

    Parcel 405-33-479

    Big Park Improvement District
    3603 Crossings Dr
    Prescott, AZ 86305-7101

    Check to see if the wastewater parcel(405-33-479)in that grouping is contaminated in any way. That might help. Call ADEQ on that one. Not BPWWID.

    PS if you call ADEQ to request that parcel be looked at, here is the number:
    1-602-771-4127

    There is a question that BPWWID never filled the abandoned wastewater piping with sand when they stopped using it on that parcel so is it still usable for the district? Who does it actually belong to? Look into that. There is talk of selling it.

    I would go deep into the ability of the wastewater district to handle capacity for all this building? They might tell you that it was factored in a long time ago. I would make them prove it with data, it might have been factored in as a residential with how many houses?

    There is a conflict of interests with an existing VOCA board member sitting on the BPWWID finance Board.

    Parcel 405-33-479D

    Double Eagle Development Corporation Inc
    PO Box 21059
    Sedona, AZ 86341-1059

    Parcel 405-33-479E

    Arizona Public Service Company
    PO Box 53999, Ms 9565
    Phoenix, AZ
    Do they have a plan?

    For business owner/parcel owner information, look it up on the Az Corp Commission or County website.

    https://gis.yavapai.us/v4/search.aspx

    https://ecorp.azcc.gov/EntitySearch/Index

    Our school has been closed and we have no medical facilities to support Big Park. This lot was designated as Village Services in our old community plan which the County accepted before they placed an overlay on the corridor when the community plans were taken over by the County.
    Village Services designation was for buildings that would service the community like a hospital or urgent care, not the passerby, looking for a place to sleep.

  3. GG says:

    With 3D rendering available why is the county accepting project drawings that grossly misrepresent view and size impact? The drawings submitted for the project to the county do not represent the project truthfully. Why is Supervisor Garrison part of this subterfuge? The backlash in the voting booth will be tremendous. VOC isn’t Sedona city. They vote people out of office that don’t have or act in their best interests.

    Nobody I’ve ever spoken to cares if Prescott gets money from us. We don’t need or want Prescott in our local business, and the last Supervisor knew that and kept the braying dogs away. But Prescott serves as county seat and that’s fine.

    The past Supervisor chose not to run and was disliked by developers and some of VOCA board and the Big Park Council. Now we know why because he kept their groups greed in check. The people should ask him to run again and vote him back in. Let’s see 3D renderings of this project when its overlaid in Google maps street view and approach. Somebody ask local business to have it on view for people to see and comment on.

    VOC now has full views of Bell Rock and Cathedral and Courthouse on its scenic highway, named by the state because of those red rock views, but this project will allow a neon signed, higher building approach from the south that will block the view of Bell Rock / Courthouse and Jacks Canyon vistas when entering VOC and be seen from Las Piedras development and VOCA developments. This is an inappropriate usage of this piece of VOCA land. And it appears to be illegal.

    All the zoning variance and setback waivers should NEVER be considered and any business on this site should meet the most stringent height and footprint rules. That’s why its present zoning exists and not for some Supervisor and Developers to get variances and setback changes to line their pockets and leave the VOC decimated.

    VOCA better get busy and pass a restricted height and variance requirements for its properties which I thought it had – because the Hilton wasn’t allowed to add floors, why is this franchiser allowed to build higher than corporate Hilton? If this was an apartment complex with 165 rooms, people would be screaming bloody murder! This is no different except it appeals to transients which mean more need of police presence, more crime, more drugs, more traffic, more late night issues with transient hotel guests partying or walking our neighborhoods. This place will have a big bar which our VOC hotels presently don’t have because they cater to more high end boutique guests and outdoor aficionadas regardless of what the project developer denigrated the hotels as being. The developer denigrated all the locally owned and run properties even though they have proven track records and their financial return to the community is greater than any franchise or corporate return! That’s proven fact.

    Start to circulate petitions. Start to organize to replace present Supervisor. Share this story link with every single person you know. Start protests in Prescott and VOC to say no to this grossly inappropriate business application. Learn to say no. We sent Taco Bell packing. Send this project.

    We don’t need to be the spittoon for Sedona city tourists.

  4. Barb Gordon says:

    In early January, the VOCA architecture committee sent the county a letter stating opposition to the re-zoning and variances for the Hilton Garden Inn. Apparently, the VOCA architecture committee has the authority, without the board or the members, to decide on such things. This could have been but was not announced at the January 10 BPRCC meeting.

    BPRCC P&Z committee met January 18. Observers were invited. There was no sound system to allow observers to easily hear the committee members conversing about committee business.

    Question: Did the property owner request a THREE story hotel so that if a TWO story hotel is approved, it will look like the community won something? Remember the property is still zoned residential. The county can just say “No.”

    BPRCC P&Z acted to get the meeting dates regarding the Hilton Garden Inn set for later dates than were originally published in the application.

    BPRCC meeting to vote on recommendation to County: Thursday, February 14, 9 am, Village of Oak Creek Fire Station. Find out how to contact your representative. As of 1-18-19, the list of representatives on the BPRCC web site is years out of date. Contact your HOA to find out who represents you at BPRCC. Let your representative know your opinion.
    Yavapai County P&Z Commission meeting to vote on application recommendation:Thursday March 21, 9 am, Yavapai County Government Bldg, Cottonwood. Community members may attend.

    Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meeting to vote on application decision: Wednesday, April 17, 9 am, Yavapai County Government Bldg, Cottonwood. Community members may attend and should be allowed to comment.

  5. Barb Gordon says:

    The BPRCC P&Z committee does NOT allow comments from the audience at their meetings. Observers only. This is a CHOICE. There is nothing prohibiting the committee from allowing the community to speak at their meetings. Many public meetings allow observers to comment when it is not required. It may mean more effort to plan and facilitate the meeting, but is is worth the effort. I realize the committee is all volunteer. Volunteers should be ready to act in the best interest of the community. Allowing comments often results in gaining good information and better ideas.

  6. What's happening at Jacks Canyon says:

    To Rise and Shine BIG PARK: BPWWID took action at their November 2018 meeting to sell or lease 405-33-479.The meeting minutes are online. Interesting timing. Make me wonder if there is a connection to the Hilton Garden Inn.

    Pine Creek 2 should wake up and use their power to stop the Hilton Garden Inn.

    On a side note, BPWWID has not yet changed the mandatory hookup ordinance as they promised they would when VOCA granted the easement that will allow BPWWID to enter the Fairway Oaks subdivision. See the November meeting minutes again. No action on changing the ordinance.

  7. June Cosmo says:

    Why VOC homeowners organizations don’t see a need to keep its independence from Sedona city and from the County depresses me as a resident. Its the independence that is our strength. The homeowners associations need to be transparent and be strong in their rules and regulations and remove the layer of property management by a Phoenix corporation in VOCA. Go back to what gave you clout! You wouldn’t have a Westin giving the VOC its middle finger because they would have to come through the homeowners associations first. Big Park Regional Council has always been dominated by group-think and not VOC centered group-think! Do you think Hilton Resort is in favor of Patel’s franchise? They aren’t. Go to them and get their help. Do you think VOC businesses are in favor of losing parking to a behemoth that doesn’t and won’t provide them customers but suck them into higher rents and no increased customer base? Find out what power means. Toss out the Sedona Village mentality and embrace Dark Sky Golf Tennis Hiking Healthy Quiet Residential Scenic Highway Views Village of Oak Creek. Don’t allow what makes the VOC sought after disappear!

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