New RV park and mining ordinance on tonight's agenda

It looks like a new RV park may go up at the former Cowboys and Outlaws location along Middle Verde Road.

Tonight the Camp Verde Town Council is discussing a use permit for the Distant Drums RV Park at the former theme park location.

Also the latest version of a new mining ordinance and an amendments to the historic overlay mining district criteria will be considered this evening along with several other planning-and-zoning matters sent down from the Planning and Zoning Commission.

The council meets Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m., Town Hall Chambers, 473 S. Main St., Room 106.

The council will look over the Dakota Branch Enterprises' request for a use permit for the recreation vehicle park on the entire 17 acres at Interstate 17 and West Middle Verde Road, a zoned planned area development. The owners are requesting to change the PAD to include a use permit for the RV park.

At a later date, they would request a change in zoning to appropriate highway commercial use. The park would include 181 spaces, administration building with a convenience store, park office, meeting room, toilet and showers, laundry room, a manager's apartment, game room building, swimming pool and spa, paved roads and parking spaces.

First-phase construction of three phases is scheduled to begin in November for 92 spaces, the administration building, showers and laundry, game room, swimming pool, spa and the waste water treatment plant.

The same group is currently constructing a 75-room motel, the Country Inn & Suites, to the east on Middle Verde Road and Arena Del Loma and there are future plans nearby for another 50-room motel as well as a restaurant.

The town's second attempt to institute a new comprehensive mining was before the P&Z Commission on Sept. 20 in a work session and its first public hearing Oct. 11. The council tonight will consider the latest rendition. The town's first attempt at a new mining ordinance adopted a few years ago was subsequently repealed after the Superior Court ruled the town must place the matter before the public for vote.

Copies of the Historical Mining Overlay District and proposed Mining Ordinance are available at the Community Development Department. The amendment to establish the mining overlay zones criteria would be used to identify areas of existing legal mining and preferred mining areas. The establishment of the mining ordinance is to create comprehensive regulations for various types of uses which mine, quarry, extract, process or store resources derived from the natural environment. The commission voted for approval but with several changes.

On other agenda matters Wednesday evening, the council will:

• Consider approval of an ordinance to include golf-course development standards. These standards, if adopted, would ensure that there will be no depletion of the aquifer from the irrigation of golf courses encouraging the use or reuse of effluent water. Camp Verde would be the first valley town to adopt the new ordinance that parallels Yavapai County's efforts.

• Consider an amendment on voting procedures of the P&Z Commission specifying if an item does not receive the Commission's necessary vote for approval, it is sent on as a "denial" to the council for action.

• Discuss implementation of residential development fees and approval accepting an impact analysis and setting a public hearing.

• Consider town amendments clarifying where home occupations are appropriate addressing the need of an agreement between the zoning districts and the land use map of the General Plan by adding mixed use — low and mixed use — high zoned districts; establishing the type of uses considered for use permits in a residentially zoned district; grandfathering all existing use permits in the residentially zoned districts allowing for extension and modifications.

• To place a 10-year term limit on use permits.

• Establish how building heights are determined.

In its consent agenda, the council will consider rubber stamping an energy conservation resolution. The town's grant writer Franc Kahn is seeking a grant through the Arizona Department of Commerce, which will assist the town in reducing its energy consumption. Part of the criteria is a resolution showing the town's commitment to reducing energy whenever possible.

Also on the consent agenda, they will designate the town council as an Enterprise Zone Commission. A public hearing will be held Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m to consider an application for designating portions of Camp Verde as an Arizona Enterprise Zone for tax advantages for businesses in that zone setting.

This Thursday evening, Oct. 18, at 6:30 p.m., the council is holding a special session for executive (closed session) interviews for the town engineer's position vacated by Dan McGinn earlier this year. The three candidates scheduled for interview are Harry Parsi, Ed Patalano and Lee Slate.

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