After carefully considering input gathered from Village of Oak Creek and Big Park residents during the March 18 Community Forum, the Big Park Regional Coordinating Council's Vision Committee updated their Vision Plan's goal statements and action items.
The revised plan, which was officially adopted at BPRCC's April 10 meeting, most notably includes additional provisions to create a more viable business community to better serve the needs of residents and visitors, as well as to broaden the area's recreational opportunities.
"Keep in mind," says BPRCC President Steve Nelson, "this is a living document and we can make additional changes to it as necessary to meet the community's needs."
Here are the five Vision/Goal Statements contained in the adopted plan with a summary of their prospective action items. For a detailed copy of the plan, contact BPRCC Vision Committee Chair Paul Jankovsky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Protect and preserve the pristine beauty of the Red Rock Country surrounding our community.
Actions: maintain trails and medians, adopt Bell Rock as an "iconic symbol," promote SR-179 as the "Red Rock Scenic Byway" and "Gateway to the Red Rocks," seek Congressional approval for "National Scenic Area" designation, develop a signage program consistent with the area's scenic beauty, promote recycling and water preservation.
2. Improve and create a more viable business community in ways that better serve the needs of both local residents and visitors.
Actions: attract business upstarts to fill vacancies and restore vibrancy, encourage Sedona Village Business Association to help new businesses get a foothold, upgrade signage and building exteriors to attract more consumers, support a VOC/BP Chamber of Commerce.
3. Nurturing a sense of community spirit and citizen involvement by maintaining our small town atmosphere and values. Creating a "Sense of Place" through the amenities expressed in our arts, cultural and educational opportunities.
Actions: create a communication structure to promote forums for civic issues, educational opportunities, recreational opportunities and local cultural and social events; encourage volunteerism in the community; promote Osher Lifelong Learning Institute attendance in VOC; support the establishment of a local community center; promote development of a community park; educate newcomers on round-a-bout etiquette and navigation.
4. Build a more comprehensive transportation and communication system with emphasis on promoting safe travel within our community.
Actions: promote a walkable community, support a bike-friendly community with more bike racks and benches, promote centralized parking to encourage park-and-ride options via shuttles to trailheads, expand LYNX service to include the Village on runs through Sedona and Cottonwood.
5. Promoting in our community effective law enforcement, fire prevention service and access to emergency healthcare.
Actions: Establish HOA Neighborhood Watch programs, continue Fire Department and Sheriff's presentations at BPRCC and HOA meetings, support local medical facilities and urgent care providers, continue to encourage Yavapai County Sheriff's presence in the area.
Big Park Regional Coordinating Council meetings are open to the public and held at 9 a.m. on the second Thursday of every month in the Sedona Fire District Station #3 Conference Room, 125 Slide Rock Road in VOC. The next meeting is May 8. For an agenda or more information, visit BigParkCouncil.org.