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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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75 Comments

  1. Sandy, Village says:

    The majority of neighbors that I’ve spoken with are against any catering to tourism industry and all are college educated, well traveled, homeowners from other states. Not a native born Sedonan to be found. We imagine they’ve left for quieter and less developed communities.

    We welcome the roundabouts and the calming beauty of Scenic Highway 179, we welcome the strict controls on architecture styles and building heights and all zoning restrictions. We have no issue with county governance until we find they have not our best interests in mind, Mr. Smith and Mr. Garrison be aware.

    We do not like hands down the VOCA boards or the Big Park Regional boards because they are secretive and conflicted and think themselves quite superior to the people they represent. Tourists and tourism are not industries, and they are not generators of income, they are consumers of resources and taxes and, in the words of Richard Branson, parasitic leeches on goodwill and philistines of litter.

    We will tolerate some things for change, but we will not be sacrificial lambs to the deep pockets of a few.

  2. Mrs Ona Say says:

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    Mrs Ona an adopted daughter of supreme being Mother Earth.

  3. Evelyn, VOC says:

    Can you tell us if Tuesday Morning rumors of leaving VOC are correct? Rumors are flying they don’t get enough business to afford new rent increase according to corporate office and they’re pulling out?

  4. Cindy says:

    Hayley said Tuesday Morning has some time left on its contract but contracts can get broken easily when landlord fails to keep up rheir end. Kitchen Collection rumor says it’s going. IMO VOC Outlets have always been a stupid idea by people with too much money and no ability to know their market limitations. If the present businesses could not make it why will national brands make it better??? They suck financial life out of communities not enhance them. Remember 2008 people??? We need traffic barriers this month in the Village!

  5. @Cindy says:

    Actually Cindy, famous footwear has been thier for over 20 years.. So apparently you have no idea what your talking about . Wow what a surprize

  6. @Sandy says:

    So tell us Sandy, what have you done for us lately besides talk with a few friends?
    What have you done to help the community issues beside a little college educated jibber jabber with friends.
    I have been here for 11 years and have never heard of anything you have done for the community.
    Please, fill us in. What are you involved in? Any groups? Taken on any important issues?
    Tuesday morning will get out of their contract, should they choose, because the owner has taken all the parking spots from retail for the benefit of the cheap hotel and they have a copy of that. Better attorneys too.

  7. Barb Gordon BPRCC P&Z meeting 4-5-19 says:

    The Applicant for the Hilton Garden Inn (corner Jacks Cyn and SR-179) will be presenting their revised hotel proposal at the regular Big Park Council Planning & Zoning Committee meeting this Friday, April 5th at 9:00 am. The meeting will be held at the VOC Church of the Nazarene, 55 Rojo Drive. Interested parties are welcome to attend and observe, but deliberations are restricted to P&Z Committee members. The community plan suggests RS rezoning IF there is to be any rezoning from Residential. Attend the P&Z meeting so you may prepare to speak at the BPRCC meeting on Thursday, April 11, 9am at the VOC firestation. Local voices must be loud and plentiful if we have a chance to convince the county not to rezone the property to commercial.

  8. @Barb Gordon says:

    That meeting sounds very important it’s too bad that BPRCC has no real say or pull as to what happens in Yavapai County.

    County residents were lucky that the Rojo Grande mobile park pulled out from that crazy project just west of the city. Perhaps the county supervisors will agree with the residents and vote down the project when it comes before them but no one has to listen to BPRCC.

  9. Residents count says:

    You are all forgetting that tract is also part of pine creek and those residents should be the deciders according to the ccrs. Why are we forgetting this?

  10. Mary Johnson says:

    They changed the drawing to now take up the entire lot for this hotel !! It’s zoning is R-1A and restricts it to one story NOT THREE !! The Pine Creek CC&Rs restricts lot to ONE story !!

    Someone said “RESPECT THE LEGAL DOCUMENTS” that the community put in place. Don’t disrespect us. Go to the meeting !!

    Can every reader put this on Facebook today and tell people we need to be loud, proud and visible at the meeting. It’s our community and quality of life !!

  11. Local Andy says:

    Big Park Council P&Z Committee Meeting 4-5-19
    http://www.bigparkcouncil.org

    Attend the update on the Hilton in the Village of Oak Creek on Friday @ 9 AM at the Church of the Nazarene, 55 Rojo Drive, 86351.

    The Agenda has 7 items; #5 is Update re proposed revised application on Hilton Garden Inn/Jennifer Boblick

    Rumor has it the owners are saying that the local people protesting against their disgusting and obscene request for variances and zoning changes shouldn’t be listened to because they suspect they aren’t local. Show up and let them know we won’t be bullied by their arrogance and lies.

    BTW Seems the Owners aren’t locals either then. They don’t live here. Big Park Regional Council our eyes are on your decision to uphold our community or destroy it for your personal gain. We don’t want it. Plain. Simple. In a word? NO.

  12. VOCA resident concern says:

    The rezoning and variances for the property at jacks canyon corner was supposed to be voted on at the county in January. Now we have been told the rezoning only will be voted on in June. Get informed.

  13. VOCA Concerned Resident says:

    ALERT: PATEL Rezoning Mtg from Residential to COMMERCIAL

    Monday May 20, 2019 9am VOC Church of the Nazarene

    The Big Park Planning & Zoning Committee will continue discussion & are likely to finalize their recommendation to approve or deny the Patel Rezoning

    Patel’s have removed any consideration of a hotel or any commercial structure at the corner of Jacks Canyon & Hwy 179. This is a HARD Zoning change request ONLY that has NO building plan included as part of this hard zoning change. If approved, this will allow the owners to build anything they want that can be built within a C2-1 zoning classification. Exactly the same as the Element Hotel zoning.

    It was announced at the May 9th Big Park Council meeting that the P&Z committee would have their recommendations available for the public two weeks prior to the June 13th meeting BP Council Mtg. At that meeting the full Council will vote to approve or oppose the request for rezoning from residential to commercial.

    Thus, it’s likely that the committee will make a decision at the meeting on Monday.

    It’s not known if the committee will take questions from the audience at this meeting or not, but it’s very important that these discussions be witnessed by our community.

    If your neighborhood has a representative in the Big Park Council, encourage them to attend this meeting and share the information with your neighbors. Let your representative know how you feel about the issue so their vote on June 13th is informed by those they represent.

    And by all means, be at the Thurs., June 13th 9am meeting at the VOC Fire Stn to participate in the decision with your presence!

  14. Pay Attention says:

    Pine Creek has CCRs . VOCA has a duty to adhere to those those CCRs.
    The county loves to turn residential to Commercial.
    They did it with the cluster b and b which later became commercial Las Posados when they were ready for the pool.
    Conflict of interest for Mr. Graham.
    They did it on Canyon Circle with the b and bs taking 4 plexes and turning them into an even larger b and b.
    Element was allowed to build 3 stories because county counted the first floor as a basement because ofthe slope of the land which was total BS since they did all that originally. You can see the total degradation of the view shed and they will probably leave it that outstanding ugly color that matches nothing else in town. Let that speak to you when boycotting the place and the shops.
    How about not reelecting Randy Garrison on that alone?
    David Williams blaming a loophole that the county placed in the ordinance.
    The county also placed an overlay of zoning with no community input and opposite to what community members have worked for since the 60’s.
    Big Park Council represents about 300 people out of 6000 since 2007 but no rush to change.
    You have to show up and stand up for your rights.

  15. VOCA resident concern says:

    Monday, May 20, 2019. What I got out of the BPRCC P&Z meeting today was that “stipulations” cannot be enforced. The BPRCC P&Z has been negotiating with the property owner of the land at the corner of Jacks Canyon, the Patel property, where the Patels want to build a hotel. The Patels are requesting rezoning to allow the hotel to be built. The BPRCC P&Z has no authority to negotiate “stipulations” and no “stipulations” can be enforced. The fear that something other than a hotel might be built and the idea that we might “control” what will be built with “stipulations” if zoning is approved is not realistic.

    Only the applicant can request rezoning. The only option at the county level is approve C2-1 as requested or reject it. The Element hotel and the outlet mall are the only parcels currently zoned C2-1. The other commercial properties are C2-2. Again, we might want a different zoning, but only the applicant can request a zoning change.

    Several people stated opposition to the rezoning at the end of the committee meeting when community members were allowed to comment.

    There is another BPRCC P&Z meeting on Friday. The meeting on Friday has not been planned out but supposedly the community will have access to information prior to Friday on the BPRCC website.

    If you are opposed to rezoning because the rezoning will be harmful to the residential property adjacent to the Patel property and to our community, send emails to Leah Genovese by 5-24 or 6-6 (both dates have been published).

  16. @VOC Resident Concern says:

    Too bad our little VOC – Big Park Community never incorporated like the city of Sedona. We just can’t depend on the county to listen to us.

  17. Brian, Uptown Screwed says:

    @VOCResidentConcern Your name should have read @VOCNonResidentLMAOATYOUMORONS

    You don’t mean a word you’ve said. You’re a Sedona city resident or you’re a VOC (deleted by editor) that hates the VOC. The city of Sedona screws its residents every day & does it while ripping us off of tax money far above VOC or Cottonwood or Oak Creek Canyon. The city of Sedona condemned an entire street of beautiful homes in Uptown near Mariposa to build a road. The city of Sedona has approved a FOUR STORY low income building in an area of single stories that will forever destroy Sedona. Sedona is a city of pigs.

  18. @@VOC Resident Concern says:

    Very funny. Then you’d just have another authority that wouldn’t listen.

  19. Sedona Larry says:

    Heard there’s going to be a big dollar long term ad campaign against the city soon on local radio & TV? Anybody else here about it, seems Sierra Club & locals from KSB & anti monument groups got several Grand Canyon and Prescott groups together after eminent domain started with the SIM group getting out of hand? What’s the gossip?

  20. @Brian, Uptown Screwed says:

    One would think that if you really lived in Uptown you would know what you’re talking about but obviously, you either don’t know what you’re talking about or you are just repeating someone else’s misinformation.

    You see, I read the Sedona Red Rock News (no, not snooze) so I know real facts and I know that the city of Sedona has NOT condemned any homes. In reading past articles you would know that no houses were planned to be condemned just land near some houses and Rights of Ways and unbuilt land.

    The city of Sedona didn’t approve a FOUR STORY low-income building in an area of single stories. Read the RRN and maybe you’ll learn something; the city of Sedona approved to allow a developer to present a proposal that would not exceed four stories. This is not “low income” building it’s for workforce housing, please look up the difference.

    I’m sure that if the State of AZ didn’t approve the allowance of short term rentals against the rules of the city, that would not have needed to be allowed. Unfortunately, we have some very greedy people who have kicked out working people who were renting long term for their own greed and allow vacation rentals.

    Interesting that you say that you live in Uptown and make those statements because you have more vacation rentals in your own neighborhood.

  21. Steve segner says:

    Brian said: The city of Sedona condemned an entire street of beautiful homes in Uptown near Mariposa to build a road. The city of Sedona has approved a FOUR STORY low income building in an area of single stories that will forever destroy Sedona. Sedona is a city of pigs.

    Brian, please show us where the city condemned the street there is no record of City Hall condemnation.? There’s also no record of approval of a four-story lower income apartment building .. you seem to be stating as facts things that are under discussion the building on sunset four-story low income housing is your call it has been abandoned not proceeding , please do your Fact checking before you post

  22. Roland Gajewski says:

    @@VOC Resident Concern be careful what you wish for. VOC initially was included as part of the area of Sedona incorporation but the vote failed. After that area was eliminated is when voters in present City Limits approved the ballot measure.

    One more layer of government is what it’s amounted to. Controlled by developers with money. Community Plan – worthless. Mysteriously amended every time a builder makes a request.

    Be careful what you wish for. $$$$$ seem to have the loudest voice and influences decisions. Residents don’t matter. Keep that in mind if you’re naive enough to think incorporation will represent anything other than developers with big bucks to spend.

    And that’s an opinion with pretty substantial verification. Look at the multi-story developments on Sedona’s docket for Sunset and Andante.

  23. VOCA resident concern says:

    @@VOC Resident Concern: Can understand that incorporation sounds appealing because the county would not be deciding certain issues like this current rezoning application. But we don’t want more hotels and tourism that would be needed to support a tax base to pay for an incorporated town. There is no guarantee that a town council would make decisions in line with community desires. Power corrupts. Politics is a dirty business. We, the VOC residents, must work with the county to keep our residential neighborhoods. There was an amendment that came from the county that was also discussed at the P&Z meeting. It would redefine “guest house” to basically turn every single family home into a potential multi-family home. This will compound the problem with short term rentals. Imagine your neighbor housing a dozen immigrants who work at the hotel. This is a state issue, not a county issue. The P&Z committee voted to recommend opposing the amendment but will the county listen? A wise man commented at the P&Z meeting that this rezoning, this one property that needs rezoning to build a hotel, is the key to the future direction of the VOC. He makes sense. The opposition is loud and widespread and has not changed since January when we first learned of the intent to request rezoning. This is a turning point for the VOC and for the county. What will the county do? Will they dismiss all the opposition as “not enough letters” “not enough letters written correctly” “not enough” or will they understand that when 500 people out of 2300 respond in opposition through a VOCA survey, that is a huge response. Will they understand that when the January BPRCC meeting couldn’t start because the fire station was over capacity with people lined up to oppose the rezoning that is a huge response. Will they do the right thing for our community? This is a big test for the county. If they support the residents, it will go a long way toward community acceptance of the county.

  24. Steve segner says:

    Brian
    Sedona has not condemned any land uptown on Forest Street. And a four story apartment building is not going up in the Sunset area you seem to not be up on current events. neither has been approved by the city Council , the City goes through a planning process with open meetings , you need to get involved instead of spreading malicious lies , your comment Sedona is a city of pigs is telling it is telling us not to listen to you

  25. Brian says:

    Vacation rentals don’t bother me or friends I have. It’s our houses and we pay for them. We never hear a peep out of them, outdoors types like hiking and stay weekend or a day or two midweek, one car. Makes feel safer than most my neighbors are in town at most a couple Months a year. Could be owners kids for all I know or care. The only people hating air bs are those not making money with big hotels. Sedona discovered European housing when traveling doesn’t need Marriott and buddies, just summers and guest room.

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