Wednesday, July 28, 2021

No Time to Waste: Emergency Plan for Our Red Rock Paradise

Villager President’s Report 
August 2021
Camille Cox, President

No Time to Waste: Emergency Plan for Our Red Rock Paradise

At the suggestion of the Sedona Village Partnership, your mission-driven Big Park Council accepted a hand-off to formulate an Emergency Plan committee.  (Details in the Highlights section of this article.)

In the aftermath of the Paradise, CA wildfire, it was learned that the town’s impressive emergency planning overlooked some critical points that resulted in horrific tragedy.  Our Village “paradise” shares many vulnerability characteristics to that Golden State community. The urgent need for a planning effort is enunciated in this investigative article from the Los Angeles Times: (

The recent wild fires demonstrated for many of us that “channeling through” the plethora of information sources to find what you need absorbs precious time which, in the case of a fast-moving situation, would be unacceptable.  In addition to fires (wild and otherwise), there are many kinds of unpredictable emergencies that are seldom planned for because “It Will Never Happen to Me”.  And, what contingencies do we have in the face of interrupted internet and/or mobile phone service?

The concept advanced by the Council is to create a standing committee that will assess our community needs, develop a plan to put tools in place, and provide ongoing stewardship.  By press time, the volunteer working group will have drafted a purpose and scope for a Emergency Preparedness Plan committee to present at the August 12th Council meeting.  Watch for ways to get involved with this important endeavor, particularly if you have experience in the public safety field.

Just as the Sedona Village Partnership and Big Park Council are collaborating on meaningful work, the Sedona Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau (SCC&TB) recently reached out to work with us on sustainable tourism measures.

We have been invited to participate in a SCC&TB event called Pulse, to be held August 25th, 8pm at the Mary Fisher Theatre.  The goal of the event is for the City of Sedona, Big Park/VOC, Oak Creek Canyon and the US Forest Service to share information on how we are (or could be) collaboratively addressing local issues to ensure a balance between a thriving visitor economy/experience with stewardship of the environment and quality of life for residents.  This is an auspicious beginning, and experience suggests that when leaders and citizens gather to listen, learn and discuss - good outcomes ensue.

At the event we will be presenting survey data on how Village residents feel about Quality of Life issues, including tourism-related pain points.  This opportunity for all of us to expand “what we think we know” about the challenges at hand, and we encourage you to attend.  We applaud the Chamber for reaching out to the Village, and APS for their sponsorship.

Register (its FREE) at

Monday, July 26, 2021

P&Z Recommendations to Council on Horse Mesa Ranch


P&Z Recommendations to Council
on Horse Mesa Ranch Application for Use Permit and Waivers

At the August 12th meeting of the Council, we will be reviewing the Horse Mesa Ranch application for a permanent, non-transferable Use Permit for operation of an equestrian recreational facility on approximately 11.416 acres in the RCU-2A zoning district.  This is not a new special use for the property, it is for continuation of the same use under new ownership.  The new owners are also requesting two Ordinance Waivers.

The BPRCC P&Z Committee reviewed the application at their July 16th open meeting (via Zoom). The committee's Recommendation/Development Assessment and the approved Minutes of that meeting can viewed and downloaded via links below.
At the Council meeting on August 12th, comments from the public will be limited to 2 minutes each.
NOTE: The Recommendation/Assessment and Minutes include information links to some of the same documents. Check before printing. 
The Horse Mesa Ranch application is scheduled to be heard by Yavapai County Planning & Zoning Commission on August 19th at the at the Cottonwood Annex.
Download  P&Z Recommendation & Assessment of the Horse Mesa Ranch Application
Download  MINUTES of the July 16th BPRCC P&Z Meeting
Yavapai County Portal for Public Comment and Additional Application Information:

If you have questions about the application or the review process, email

The August 12th meeting agenda and ZOOM information will be published after the Executive Board meets on August 3rd.

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Community Pulse Event

 Aug 25: Community Pulse Event

Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau is excited to invite YOU to the first in-person Community Pulse event since pre-COVID! 

This convening of community leaders from around the greater Sedona region will include representatives from the City of Sedona, Village of Oak Creek, Oak Creek Canyon, and the US Forest Service. 

Our goal is to provide a forum for sharing information on how we are collaboratively addressing local issues to ensure the balance between a thriving visitor economy and experience with stewardship of the environment and quality of life for our residents.

It will be from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. at the Mary D Fisher Theatre on 2030 W State Route 89A. For overflow parking, please use the Basha’s or Harkin’s parking lots.