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Minutes of March, 2006 Meeting


Big Park Regional Coordinating Council

Minutes of March 9, 2006 Meeting


1.       The March 9, 2006 meeting of the Big Park Regional Coordinating Council was called to order at 9:00 AM. by President Bert Berkshire in the Big Park Fire Station meeting room, immediately followed by the pledge to the flag.


2.       In attendance were thirteen (13) members and four (4) alternates, a quorum.


3.       Agenda: No items were added to the Agenda, which had been prepared by the Executive Committee, and circulated prior to the meeting.


4.       Secretary’s Report. The minutes of the February 9, 2006 meeting were accepted as submitted.


5.       Corresponding secretary’s report: None


6.       Treasurer’s Report

The treasurer reported a current balance of $4,067.41, with the Recreation Committee showing a balance of $1,477.41. This report was approved unanimously by the Council. He also noted that 17 of 19 members bad paid dues, with Oak Creek CC Estates and the Business Association outstanding. The Treasurer will follow up with those who are delinquent. (N. B. Since that meeting, the Treasurer has received dues payments from both “late payers”, bringing our membership up to the full complement of 19.)


7. Committee Reports

A.   Transportation Committee: No Report

B.   Planning and Zoning Committee:

1.    Lighting Ordinance: Zona Fink summarized changes to the ordinance that will require shielded lights on new residential properties; motion lights will be allowed. She also asked for members to attend the BOS meeting on March 20.

2.    PAD ordinance; Reported that work is still underway on revisions to the ordinance. It should be finalized in the next two months, and will need our support as it goes through the County process. OPEN SPACE continue to be a main issue. 3. Mc Coy Condos: This 14 unit town home project will be constructed on .87 acres between Coyote Station and the Kokopelli Inn. Representation by the P & Z committee at the sketch plan meeting was by Zona Fink and Bob Johnston.


4.    Thunder Mountain Properties: A recommendation was made to approve this project since it is in alignment with our Community Plan. The 5 acre property is on Verde Valley School Road, surrounded by the CR Ranch. The zoning will be changed from R1L7O to R1L35 to prevent lot splits and bring zoning in line with CR Ranch. There will be five units built.


5.    Las Piedras--Dorothy O’Brien reported on her HOA’s efforts to add language into the restriction to prevent fractional ownership. This language will be shared with member of the

Council. In summary, this type of ownership falls under timeshare laws and needs commercial zoning. (The exact language is on file, and is available for such members as may want to see it.)


6.     Chevron remodel: A concept was shared regarding proposed signage that may not be in alignment with the “All American Road” criteria. An idea has been presented to have a Jeep on a 3 to 4 foot ramp as a form of advertising/signage. Plans are still tentative.


7.     Sunterra: The offer to buy Suncor property at the Sedona Golf Resort was withdrawn. The P & Z Committee usually makes a recommendation for Council action when similar issues come before it. Although the project is not going forward, it was recommended that the President send an open letter to the community in the Villager to state the Council’s position. The proposed letter was read to the members in attendance, and the Council approved of it unanimously. The exact motion adopted was: “While the BPRCC Planning and Zoning Committee as of February 27, 2006 had not received a formal comment sheet from the Department of Development Services in respect to the exact intentions of the Sunterra Corporation in respect to the proposed purchase, in the three presentations that Sunterra has presented to this committee, a preliminary plan that is in at least two instances is contrary to our Community Plan. Those instances are: the building of timeshares, and the elimination of some open space. It is therefore the consensus of the P & Z Committee that unless the issues involving the community plan were resolved, the P & Z committee would not support this development. The full text of the letter is on file, and appeared on the front page of the April 1 issue of the Villager under the by line of Bert Berkshire. (Copies are on file and available as requested.)


8.      Comment Sheet: The property at 10 Navajo Drive has requested a use change. They want to operate a massage therapy business with limited hours. The Council will comment that it has similar concerns regarding parking as those voiced in an earlier action regarding the same property.


C.  Recreation Committee: No report.


D.  All America Road Committee: No Report


9.       Old Business: Dorothy O’Brien expressed our interest in having a “seat” on the Water Advisory Committee. She will follow up on this.


10.     New Business: None


11.     Announcements:

Supervisor Davis will hold a community meeting on April 24 at 6:30 P. M. at VOCA.


We voted to support a League of Women Voters forum in Cottonwood on April 20, dealing with the subject of Arizona Trust Lands. Jane Petty will attend on our behalf.


The meeting was adjourned at 10:45 A. M. The next meeting will be on Thursday April 13, at 9:00 A. M.


Respectfully submitted,



Tim Westbay





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