Friday, March 17, 2023

Some Good News

At this morning’s meeting of the Yavapai County Planning and Zoning Commission, Verde Valley School was granted approval of it’s 

revised Conditional Use Permit (CUP).  I am happy to report that, after a rather rocky roll-out, that resulted in much consternation in the community, Verde Valley School submitted a very significant revision of the original CUP in January.  Significant revisions included the elimination of the originally planned outdoor amphitheater and both moving and decreasing the number of proposed campsites for the use of guests of the school.  

These revisions resulted in a resumption of dialog with some of the residential neighbors of the school. Significant additional compromises were then made between the parties including issues of fire mitigation, traffic control, and screening along the road.  The remaining issue, on which the Big Park Council took a position, was for the permit to be nontransferable. This was granted by the Commission.

Congratulations should be extended to the leaders of Verde Valley School and the leaders of Cathedral Rock Ranch and its neighbors for bringing this issue to an amicable conclusion.