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Fri, Oct. 18

National Monument plan sees light of day

VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK - A 31-point draft management plan outlining proposed regulations of a potential 160,000 plus acre National Monument was presented at a public meeting Tuesday by the Sedona Verde Valley Red Rock National Monument (SVVRRNM) coalition.

The document addressed some lingering concerns while raising new ones.

Restrictions on roads and utilities that proved unpopular in a recent New Mexico monument were dealt with in the SVVRRNM draft plan. For example, Item 11 states "Renewal, upgrade, or further development of existing utility rights of way and the creation of new utility rights of way with the Monument may be permitted." Still at issue, however, is the word "may," as opposed to "shall."

The coalition re-opened its on again, off again support of a shuttle system in Item 7, which states "The RMP shall include a transportation plan that address the actions necessary to protect the objectives identified in the Proclamation, including travel restrictions and road closures." Advocates from both the pro and con side of the monument issue have voiced support of some type of traffic moderation plan, but the solution remains unresolved.

Those interested in providing feedback to the proposed National Monument draft management plan may do so Thursdays at 1 p.m. at the Keep Sedona Beautiful office at 360 Brewer Rd. in Sedona or else online at the SVVRRBN Facebook site.

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