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Minutes of February, 2005 Meeting


Big Park Regional Coordinating Council

Minutes of February 2005 Meeting


Approved with corrections, Mar 10, 2005


1)     The February 10, 2005 Big Park Regional Coordinating Council meeting was called to order by President Don Beard at 9:10AM at the Big Park Fire Station Meeting Room.  Fifteen members were present, which is a quorum.

2)     The minutes of the January 13, 2005 meeting were approved with one correction.  A phrase was added under the section regarding the National Scenic Byway update (Old Business) to read; “or given to her at the February meeting.”

3)     Corresponding Secretary’s report – No new correspondence.

4)     Treasurer’s report – Don Beard reported for Jim Trueheart who was not in attendance.  There were no changes to the report given at the January 13, 2005 meeting.

5)     Committee Reports:

a)     Committee Chairperson -  A motion was made and seconded to name Joanne Johnson and Norm Murdock as Co-Chairs of the Transportation Committee.  The vote to approve was unanimous.

b)     Transportation Committee:

i)      SR179 Executive Team – Zona Fink reported that the last meeting clarified project issues for those outside of VOC.  

ii)     Other related items of note:

(1)   The public meeting on January 25 and 26 dealt with the Corridor Management Plan.  Comments on the plan will be accepted until Feb. 15 on the web site.

(2)   Canyon Drive (Segment 3) has been deemed a dangerous area and a roundabout has been suggested to improve safety.

(3)   A stripped bike lane has been requested.  At this point, the State does not maintain bike lanes. Therefore, future maintenance would fall to a community group.

(4)   Fossils were found during the excavation for the pipeline along Hwy. 179.  They were turned over to the Forest Service and will be given to the Museum of Northern Arizona.

iii)    Scenic Byway Report - Dave Benore reported that the Ad Hoc Committee of 20 to 30 community members has been working on the nomination process.  The final application must be delivered to the State by March 18, 2005.  The group will apply for All American Road designation since this enables the community to apply for larger grants in the future.  Help is needed in the development of a plan specifying how the corridor will be maintained and how enforcement will occur.  Representatives were asked to approach their respective associations to consider the establishment of an Ad Hoc committee within the BPRCC Transportation Committee that would act as a “watchdog” to insure that the corridor is maintained.  This idea will be considered at the March 10th BPRCC meeting.  Zona Fink reported that the Council had received sufficient letters of support from member HOA’s that established a quorum.  A motion was made and seconded that BPRCC support the current application for nomination as an All American Road.  The vote to support was unanimous.

iv)    VVPTO Meeting Report - Norm Murdock reported on items discussed at the most recent meeting including bike lanes, potential grant monies, Old Town Cottonwood trails, ADOT bike lane policies, and the success of the roundabouts in Camp Verde.

v)     Announcement -   Bob Aberg reported on the development of a Statewide Pedestrian Safety Plan.  AZ is one of the top states in the nation in pedestrian fatalities.  The group is concerned about current safety conditions along 89A and 179 as well as the proposed roundabouts in the Village.  Bob may be contacted for more information regarding the work of the committee developing this plan.

c)     Planning and Zoning Committee:

i)      Mobil Sign - Zona Fink updated the Council on issues related to the Mobil sign.  She reported that the P & Z Committee voted at its January meeting that communication should be sent to the Exxon/Mobil Corporation from the BPRCC.  A discussion followed as to the content of such a letter, the affect of signs like this one on the proposed All American Road, the balance between our scenic environment and business efforts, and definitions of terms within the Ordinances.  A motion was made to write a letter from the BPRCC to Exxon/Mobil.  This motion was tabled until the March 10, 2005 meeting.  Norm Murdock and Dorothy O’Brien will work on a draft letter that will be presented to the Council for its consideration at that time. 

ii)     SR179/Wild Horse Mesa – The P&Z subcommittee (Dorothy O’Brien, Bob Johnston & Carolyn Fisher) met and brought a recommendation to the full P & Z committee.  They recommended certain stipulations and areas for the developer to refine.  The committee gave its approval for the developer to move ahead.

iii)    Sedona Sunrise Condos – The P & Z Committee recommended to the Council a vote of  “no objection” to the final plat plan being submitted to the County.  A motion was made and seconded.  The vote was unanimous in support.

iv)    Mercury Vapor Lamps – As recommended by the P & Z Committee, a motion was made and seconded to support the change in the ordinance adding “legal non-conforming” which allows for no grandfathering of the lamps in the future.  The vote was unanimous in support.

v)     Ordinance Revision -   A motion was made and seconded to offer “no objection” to changes in language that offers uniformity to the ordinances.  The vote was unanimous in support. 

d)     Recreation Committee – No Report

6)     Old Business - none

7)     New Business

a)     Water Wise Alliance - Marybeth Carlile reported to the Council the work a new group, A Water Wise Alliance.  The Alliance will use the slogan, “Sedona is Water Wise” and work with the hospitality industry in VOC and Sedona to promote water conservation.  Marybeth urged the Council to adopt the theme that Big Park is water wise and to use the logo whenever appropriate.  A motion was made and seconded to approve the water wise concept.  The vote was unanimous in support.  Copies of the logo will be sent to Council members.  

b)     Announcements – Commissioner Chip Davis will hold a community meeting at the Big Park School library on April 28 at 6:30.

       Jim Gibson announced that the Sedona Library Board will be selecting new members at the          start of their fiscal year in June.  Interested individuals should submit applications by March 15.

c)     A presentation of information regarding the designation of portions of Verde Valley as a critical habitat for the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher was delayed since Bill Kusner was not able to attend the meeting.

d)     Dorothy O’Brien presented a map showing zoning designations for the entire Big Park area.  She will attempt to secure additional copies.


Meeting was adjourned at 10:40 AM.


Jane Petty, Secretary                                                      


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