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City Talk Column for April 14, 2010


This Eye on Sedona City Talk is authored by Mike Raber, Sedona AZ Senior Planner, and submitted by the City of Sedona

Sedona AZ (April 13, 2010) – Cities and towns in Arizona are required by state law to have a “general plan” and to update it at least every ten years. The Sedona Community Plan is the City’s required general plan and is a statement of community goals and development policies including maps and text that set forth objectives, principles, standards and proposals. The Community Plan is our “road map” for achieving community objectives.  Sedona’s Plan guides city officials in decisions on development such as re-zonings, preparing new regulations and ordinances, initiating specific planning programs, priorities and funding.

Since Arizona law mandates that the Community Plan be updated and voted on at least every ten years, the next Community Plan update must be adopted by the City Council by the end of 2012 and voted on by Sedona’s citizens by 2013.  On March 23, 2010, the Sedona City Council initiated the Community Plan Update process.  It is anticipated that the process will take at least two years and would consist of four phases.  The first two phases involve background and issue identification; the third phase involves the preparation of a draft plan, followed by a fourth phase of public hearings with the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council.  The updated Plan must be approved by at least 2/3 of the members of the City Council prior to the Plan being placed on the ballot for ratification by the voters.

The community is invited to an overview presentation on the update of the Community Plan at three upcoming meetings. Sedona residents will be asked to identify the issues and concerns that are most important to Sedona and to them. These meetings are:

  • Monday, May 10, 6 p.m.   Sedona-Red Rock High School, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road, Sedona AZ.
  • Tuesday, May 11, 1 p.m.    Keep Sedona Beautiful, Pushmataha Building, 360 Brewer Road, Sedona AZ.
  • Thursday, May 13, 6 p.m.    St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 100 Arroyo Pinon Drive, Sedona AZ.

Public participation is key to the update process.

There will be many opportunities over the next two years for people to provide input.  Residents, community groups, city commissions, and the City Council will work together to identify key issues and concerns, and to formulate policies and recommendations to address the issues.

Your Participation is Important!

There are many ways for you to provide input and get involved now.  Come to the first series of community meetings in May.  Other meetings will also be scheduled this fall.  Attend Planning and Zoning Commission meetings held on the third Tuesday of the month at City Hall.  Working Team meetings are also conducted throughout each month on the subjects of sustainability, redevelopment, plan format and public participation.  For a listing of these meetings and information about the Community Plan update and the Community Plan document, go to the city website at www.SedonaAZ.gov under Community Plan, and Community Plan Update.

For more information, write or call Mike Raber, Senior Planner, Department of Community Development, City of Sedona, 102 Roadrunner Drive, Sedona, Arizona 86336. E-Mail at MRaber@SedonaAZ.gov.  Telephone: (928) 204-7106. Or, contact Kathy Levin, Associate Planner at Klevin@SedonaAZ.gov or (928) 203-5035.

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