Minutes of December, 2004 Meeting
Big Park Regional Coordinating Council
Minutes of December 9, 2004 Meeting
1. Improvement Districts – Bev Staddon, from Yavapai County, made a presentation on the process for establishing Improvement Districts that may be required to fully fund desired enhancements for the SR 179 project. Handouts were provided and an extensive discussion occurred regarding what kinds of things may be covered and the process for getting Community approval.
2. National Scenic Byway update – Dave Benore led a discussion about the need to seek a “National Scenic Byway” designation for SR179 between Mile Posts 302.5 and 310, which includes the Village portion of the Highway. This portion of the highway (ending at the City of Sedona City limits) is presently designated as a “State Scenic Highway” which is a prerequisite for seeking the National Scenic Highway designation. Other key points included:
1. “National Scenic Highway” designation will open up significant additional funding sources that are anticipated to be required to complete desired Highway enhancements. This would cover only the SR179 right of way and is not related to the effort to achieve “National Scenic Area” designation;
2. The application must come from a “Grass Roots collaborative effort” and that a group has been organized to lead the effort to complete the application by the March 18th deadline. An “Executive” committee; including Dave Benore, Bob Carlile, Zona Fink, Jim Gibson, Joanne Johnson & Bill Kusner is taking the lead in this process;
3. The committee is also investigating the possibility of achieving an “All American Highway” designation that would provide additional advantages;
4. Supervisor Chip Davis was in attendance and stated that Yavapai County would be pleased & willing to help in any way it can to help the Committee complete the application on a timely basis.
3. SR179 Executive Team – Zona Fink reported that the Needs Based Implementation Process (NBIP) has now been completed and that a draft of it was on the back table for review. A celebration event was being held on December 14th to commemorate this milestone.
4. Jacks Canyon Rd – County Report – Mike Willett provided an update on the plans for improving Jacks Canyon Rd between SR179 and the intersection with Lee Mountain Rd. Anticipated improvements include:
1. Changing the “profile” of the road to improve driver sight distances;
2. Improve drainage, including adding curbs and gutters;
3. Add pedestrian path;
4. Improve egress for residents with direct access on Jacks Canyon Rd.;
5. Improve Lee Mountain Road intersection.
The public is invited to comment on the proposed changes and an additional public meeting will be scheduled in early 2005 to solicit such feedback. It is anticipated that the construction timing will coincide with present plans for SR179 improvements that are anticipated to begin in a March/April 2006 timeframe.
1. Zona Fink reported that there were no P&Z “action” items this month.
2. Joanne Johnson is still working on solving the Mobil Station sign issue;
3. SR179/Wild Horse Mesa – Zona Fink reported that the Developer for 11.5 acres on this corner has presented a verbal proposal to build 40 Condo units there. The P& Z has appointed a sub-committee (Dorothy Hores, Bob Johnson & Carolyn Fisher) to work with the Developer and solicit his proposal in writing. Preliminary discussions suggest that the project would be build in a style similar to Tlaquepaque.
4. December meeting – will be on December 7th at Sedona Winds.
1. President – Don Beard;
2. Vice President – Bert Berkshire;
3. Secretary—Jane Petty;
4. Treasurer – John Gillam.
Meeting was adjourned at 10:52 AM.
John Gillam, Secretary
Approved January 13, 2005