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Highlights of April 14 Big Park Regional Coordinating Council meeting

Art in the Roundabouts: The four VOC roundabouts were designed to feature artwork. Two VOC residents recently stepped up with donation offers: one has interest in funding a commissioned sculpture, and a resident artist would like to donate an existing sculpture.

Camille Cox reviewed a proposed review process including community participation and fiscal accountability, managed by Sedona Village Partnership and Big Park Council.

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Mary Pope

A task force was appointed to study and recommend a Purpose and Scope for an ad hoc committee to oversee this project. Camille, Dave Norton, Dennis Bauman and David Gill agreed to serve. VOC residents are encouraged to participate in this process by joining the committees to be formed in May. If you are interested, please email info@bigparkcouncil.org, and/or come to the BPRCC regular meeting May 12.

Planning & Zoning: Mary Morris announced a pre-application public meeting by The Collective on April 20th to review plans to request a special use permit by Yavapai County for events, similar to permit that expired in 2019. You are encouraged to make your opinion known via a letter or email directly to The Collective. To contact their attorneys, call (928) 774-1478, email tkortsen@awdlaw.com or write to AWD Law, 123 N. San Francisco Street, Suite 300, Flagstaff, AZ 86001.

APS Powerline Subcommittee: Duane Thompson, chair, noted that the U.S. Forest Service still anticipates release of the final Environmental Assessment in July for a proposed 13-mile, above-ground powerline by Arizona Public Service into the Village. The Council’s position is to require extensive underground burial of key sections of the powerline. The Council also supports a feasibility study of a community microgrid option; the subcommittee is collaborating with Keep Sedona Beautiful (KSB) on this project. One of the subcommittee members identified an opportunity for free advice from the National Community Solar Program (NSCP). KSB has joined NSCP to explore this further. In addition, the subcommittee will pursue a meeting with the USFS for further discussions of the proposed powerline. 

Emergency Preparedness (EPPiC): Mary Pope reported that the committee met with Chief Trautwein of the Sedona Fire District regarding an emergency evacuation plan for VOC in response to wildfire risk. The meeting confirmed the collaborative nature of the various agencies in preparing for an evacuation, which was reassuring to the committee. Chief Trautwein emphasized that advance preparation and situational awareness by residents is critical. As fire season begins, prepare your home, yourself and your family. Residents should take the “Ready-Set-Go” approach seriously. In other words, put together a suitcase ahead of time (“Ready”) and if you are told to “Go,” follow instructions and evacuate immediately. After the presentation, the committee agreed that summaries of the meetings with frontline agencies should be made available to the community now rather than waiting for launch of the online repository. Email info@bigparkcouncil.org for a copy. In May, the committee will meet with the Yavapai County Office of Emergency Management.

Dark-Sky: Curt Schneider reported on a meeting with Jeremy Dye of Yavapai County Development, furthering a positive dialogue on updating the county’s lighting ordinance. An update to the ordinance will be drafted upon completion of the County’s Comprehensive Plan. The next Dark-Sky committee meeting (April 28) will host Ashley Wilson, Director of Conservation for Dark-Sky International. Yavapai County and Sedona Dark-Sky also will be represented at the meeting. The Dark-Sky Committee will have a booth at the VOC Community BBQ, May 14, noon-4 p.m., and will be hosting a star party at the Hilton Tequa Ballroom parking area on May 22nd at 8.p.m.

Next BPRCC Regular Meeting: Thursday, May 12, 9 a.m, Zoom - Guest speaker Ed Rose, General Manager, Sedona-Oak Creek Airport Authority.

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