Minutes of August, 2003 Meeting
Big Park Regional Coordinating Council
Minutes of August, 2003 Meeting
i. Jim Patterson reported that the primary focus of the Transportation committee has been on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the SR 179 project.
1. Zona Fink has copies of the latest MOU draft which removes ADOT’s Alt C as the “base” for the new highway.
2. The latest MOU draft will be sent out to all the stakeholders for review and approval.
3. A kickoff meeting for the general Public will be scheduled for Sept. 15th or 16th.
4. A public outreach (focus) group is being established as selected by a consensus of “selected parties”. The group will meet between the first Public meetings and the beginning of the Charrette process which is expected to commence in November. The DAPs (Design Advisory Panels) will commence approximately March 2004.
5. The Big Park/VOC portion of the project (Segment 1) will be the first portion of the project to commence construction – presently slated to begin in September 2005, with completion in July 2006. Total completion of all 4 segments is scheduled by February 2008.
6. People who which to be included on the ADOT Email list may sign up on the SR 179 website (www.scenic179.com).
ii. Gas pipeline sub-committee: Citizen’s Gas (now UniSource Energy Services) is delaying the start of the pipeline extension for six months to a year due to shortage of building materials and other issues. The BPRCC sub committee will continue and develop a recommendation for presentation to the BPRCC in the near future.
i. Definition of a School – County Ordinance. The new County ordinance which addresses educational institutions, supports the BPRCC’s position on both issues raised by the P&Z:
1. Publicly funded educational institutions keep their “right” to locate in residential districts. However, any privately funded educational institution wanting to build in the R1L residential zone must now go through the process of obtaining a special use permit. This procedure allows for public input and reduces any potential negative impact on the community.
2. The new ordinance also requires that overnight sleeping facilities cannot exist on their own but must be an accessory use to a school. Also, the sleeping facilities must be located on the same lot as the educational institution.
ii. Multi Family Dwellings development – The potential developer of the 4+ acre site at the corner of SR 179 and Avenue de Piedras will meet the P&Z Committee on the next regularly scheduled meeting on August 25. The developer will then make a presentation to the Big Park Council at the September 11 meeting. As it stands, the proposed development is consistent with existing zoning.
iii. Enalo Lockard Presentation –Enalo Lockard will be making a presentation at the September 11 BPRCC meeting, discussing the relationship between CC&Rs to the Yavapai County Ordinances
i. Swimming Program -- Dorothy Hores reported that the swimming program at the Hilton will be ending on Labor Day weekend. The program was extremely successful and very well supported by many volunteers. Because of the huge response by the VOC youth (& complaints by Hilton customers), resumption of the program next summer is in doubt.
ii. Calendars – beginning in September, the school activities calendar will be coordinated with the Boys/Girls club calendar.
i. Ruskin Land Trade – Purpose would be to consolidate Forest Service properties into fewer, larger parcels. Offset would be opening up present Forest Service property for future development with unknown implications on future water usage requirements. Senator McCain will be organizing a public hearing to discuss before final approval by Congress.
ii. City of Prescott Development -- Original plan was to approve a new development of 25,000 homes in the Prescott area. That development plan was withdrawn but Prescott still wants to control the property – “to keep as open space”. However, this could change over time and put a large burden on future Verde Valley water supplies.
Meeting adjourned at 10:25 AM.
Approved September 11, 2003