Minutes of March, 2004 Meeting
Big Park Regional Coordinating Council
Minutes of March 11, 2004 Meeting
1. SR 179 Process—Tom Hutchinson reported that Six highway design alternatives will be presented for public discussion at the March 16 Workshops scheduled for 11:00AM to 1:00PM and 6:30PM to 8:30 PM at the SR 179 office in the Outlet mall. Also, that an additional public Workshop will be held on May 4th to reduce the number of Highway alternatives from six to three, prior to Charrette #3 which is scheduled for May 25-27th. It was emphasized that everyone who has an opinion on the SR179 design should make a strong effort to participate in the public meetings being held, otherwise the Highway design will be decided without their input.
2. Alternate Route – The Transportation Committee presented the following 5 point recommendation for the Council’s approval:
1. The SR 179 Design Process should be advanced enough to determine where regional mobility and safety concerns might be impacted by that highway’s design prior to choosing a specific Alt route location. For example, depending on the final Highway configuration (e.g., 2 or 4 lanes), the need (or desired location) of an alternative route may change.
2. The completed Verde Valley Transportation Study should be analyzed for current and future needs regarding an alternative route.
3. Environmental processes should be observed on any proposed routes.
4. Multi modal facilities (bicycle lanes and, where appropriate, pedestrian walkways should be provided).
5. All potential routes should be analyzed to determine the safest, most practical and most economically viable route.
3. Noise Abatement – Scenic tour airplanes have been observed flying illegally low over VOC (minimum is 1,000 feet). People are encouraged to fill out and send in Aircraft encounter reports. Forms were available on the back table.
4. Committee Membership – Norm Murdock was approved as an addition to the Transportation Committee.
1. Board of Supervisors Actions -- Judy Cooper reported that at a meeting of the County Board of Supervisors on February 17th:
1. The Park Plaza at Las Piedras development was accepted by the Supervisors, including the ½ acre parcel that will remain open space.
2. The Supervisors accepted the Council’s and the County Commissioners’ recommendation that the special use permit for the Art/Tent shows at Bell Rock Plaza be continued at 15 shows per year. However, the Supervisors overruled our recommendation for a 2-year permit and granted a 5-year permit.
2. Helipad -- At the meeting with the Board of Adjustment and Appeals, the Board upheld the County’s interpretation of the zoning bylaws that helicopters or a helipad are not an allowed use in a residential area. It was also reported that the Sedona airport has offered space to the applicant to store his helicopter.
3. Cell Phone Antenna – The final configuration for a cell phone tower location on a building at Bell Rock Plaza was approved. The applicant will meet the Council’s requirements that any visible parts not look like an antenna.
4. Development on Verde Valley School Road – Matt Cavanaugh has been discussing a proposed development of 25 new homes at VV School Road and Deer Pass. To date, an agreement has been reached reducing the number of 2 story units in favor of 1 story. Discussions will continue at next P& Z meeting.
5. Patel Property – Mr. Sullivan, representing the Patel family (owners of the SR179/Jacks Canyon south corner property) has been discussing possible new zoning for that property.
6. Adobe Hacienda – proposal to add a second stove on the property would result in reclassification of the home from single to 2 family which is against present zoning restrictions. Future discussion will be held to resolve.
7. New Committee Members – Lois Murphy was approved as a new member of the P&Z committee and Jane Petty was approved as an alternate member.
1. Activities Calendar – Louisa Connell distributed copies of the March “after School activities” calendar. She reported that the students are responding well to the availability of the calendar including a Spanish version in some months. Dorothy Hores provides a valuable contribution every month to this effort.
2. Summer Swimming – There are two alternatives being considered. A decision is planned for the April meeting.
3. Parks –
1. Zona Fink reported that the Kiwanis Park next to VOCA will be dedicated on May 25th.
2. Pocket parks along SR 179 – VOCA board has agreed to donate property for future “pocket parks” with two caveats:
a. That someone else would also donate some property for this purpose (Las Piedras has agreed).
b. Satisfactory resolution of the encroachment on USFS property at the 4th green; working on IGA approach.
1. Are being reviewed by the Forest Service for completion by the end of March;
2. Public will then have until the end of April for comment;
3. The appeal process would last through June:
4. Construction would commence in late July.
Meeting was adjourned at 10:35AM.
John Gillam, Secretary
Approved April 8, 2004