Sun, April 05

Camp Verde’s General Plan gets a facelift

Staff photo by Carol Keefer

Council members Chet Teague (left), and Tony Gioia, with planners Nancy Buckel (back left) and Wendy Escoffier, look over the proposed land-use map to be adopted with the general plan.

"After receiving comments from reviewing agencies and the public, staff made some changes to the original draft. The General plan was sent out to agency review in early September 2002. The latest draft is available on the town's Web site, under planning and zoning, planning home page, general plan," Escoffier offered.

She said the land-use map is also on the web site.

"It’s an important map, because if you request rezoning, we must first look at the land use map to determine if the proposed new zoning fits with the use identified on that map," she said. "If it does, then you can go forward with your rezoning request."

According to Escoffier, the proposed draft went to the Planning and Zoning Commission for another work session on Oct. 2. She expects a public hearing to be held at P&Z on Nov. 6. A recommendation will then be sent to council where the last public hearing is expected to take place before council gives its final nod of approval.

The vote requires a super majority, two-thirds approval. Escoffier cautions, though, that even then, the document will not be officially ratified until a public vote takes place, anticipated to be next spring.

She explained the main changes in the general plan elements:

1. Additional history/public comments are reflected in the Introduction.

2. The growth area was enlarged. The current draft shows a majority of the growth area located west of Interstate 17 and north of Arizona 260. Prescott National Forest land is now included in the growth area.

3. The Historic District overlay was deleted from the implementation strategies and changed to a special planning area for the Historic Downtown area.

4. Much of the growth area is designated as mixed use. The previous land use plan included a mixed-use high density and a mixed-use low density. This draft contains one mixed use with density contingent on availability of infrastructure such as water and sewer. Staff believes that having one mixed-use density designation will allow flexibility for potential developers yet greater control for the town since each development will require the submittal of a Planned Area Development for council approval.

5. The proposed Land Use map reflects proposed uses for all of the State Trust Land Property and a majority of the Prescott National Forest Land.

6. Property within the Town’s borders, used for agriculture purposes, is shown as agriculture use.

7. Additional demographic data was added to the Housing Element.

According to Escoffier, copies of the proposed general plan will be available to view starting Oct. 7 at the Community Development Department, Town Hall, the Camp Verde Library and the Parks and Recreation Department.

She said the General Plan Summary is available for $1 at the Community Development Department, 473 S. Main St., Ste. 108.

For more information, call Escoffier at the Community Development Department, 567-8513, ext. 115.

Background . . .

(from CV General Plan Amended Draft, Sept. 2003 Summary)

The Town Council adopted Camp Verde’s original General Plan on September 23, 1998. Later that year the State Legislature passed the Growing Smarter Legislation, which mandates specific elements be included in municipal general plans. In 2000, the Legislature passed the Growing Smarter Plus Legislation, again stipulating specific requirements for general plans. The current plan is being amended in order to meet the new state requirements.

From May 2001 through July 2002, 23 public workshops were conducted. Approximately 300 people submitted written comments with input for the amended plan. The Town Council and Planning Commission conducted 10 joint work sessions devoted to amending the plan.

Camp Verde’s General Plan will serve as the primary tool and blueprint for guiding the Town’s future growth and development. It integrates the expressed ideas and desires of the Town’s residents, businesses, and elected officials into a strategy for managing the Town’s future.

Seven elements are required for Camp Verde’s General Plan. They are: Land Use, Growth Area, Environmental Planning, Cost of Development, Circulation, Open Space, and Water Resources.

In addition, Camp Verde’s General Plan includes elements for History and Culture, Housing, and Economic Development.

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