Out of Africa public hearing tonight

Dec. 17, Camp Verde’s Town Council meets for its last session of the year on planning and zoning matters.

Included in the agenda is the possible amendment to the town’s zoning map for the Out of Africa Wildlife Park proposal affecting two parcels, 26 acres for a hotel site, and 98 acres for the actual wildlife park.

The land is located near the county jail facility, two-and-half miles west of Interstate 17 on the south side of Arizona 260. The Out of Africa Wildlife Park is currently in Scottsdale on 17 leased acres.

Out of Africa owners are asking to change the zoning designation from residential, conditional use to a planned area development (PAD) with underlying commercial zoning. Recommended are C-3, commercial/minor industrial for the park and C-2, commercial/general sales and services for the hotel.

The owners also requested site plan approval for the wildlife park only, but as of Monday, have asked to delay the request until next month, according to Community Development Director Will Wright. The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of both issues earlier this month. Wright said the proposal to bring the park to Camp Verde has been well received by the community at large.

Also tonight, the council must decide if they will approve a rezoning request by Casa Sierra to remove a PAD designation maintaining underlying commercial zoning and redesignate another portion to commercial for several parcels under 12 acres on the new frontage road, Moonrise Drive near Interstate 17 and Arizona 260 interchange. The request was given a unanimous go ahead by the P&Z Commission.

On another issue, Dr. Robert Noone is asking the council for approval for a partial street abandonment of a portion of Cliff House Drive in Fort River Caves Subdivision, currently not used for public roadway, paved or maintained by the town.

All P&Z related issues include public hearings.

On other issues, the council also decides who will replace a resigning member of the Parks and Recreation Commission and consider approval of a revised personnel manual and whether or not to authorize $6,500 for unused sick leave to those employees whose hours exceed the proposed 480-hour cap (unbudgeted).

The council meets Wednesday, Dec. 17, 6:30 p.m., Council Chambers, 473 S. Main St., Room 106.

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