After close to five hours of comment from the county’s Development Services Department, the applicant’s representative, and community members, the commission voted 10-to-0 to recommend that the county’s Board of Supervisors vote yes on Wednesday, Aug. 21.
We came through Sedona for the first time in late August 1969. It looked like a gorgeous place that was almost empty. We have come back to Sedona ever since and finally moved to VOC in 2012.
There was much discord at Thursday’s Big Park Council meeting, and the grueling four-hour marathon session saw tempers flare and harsh words spoken. However, at the end of the day, the vote represented the overwhelming opinion of the Village residents. The Council voted that the Patel parcel rezoning request from residential to commercial, even with stipulations, was not in the best interest of the community. As one representative clearly stated it, “We represent the wishes of the community that appointed us. I am obligated to vote with the majority of my community”.
So let’s stop calling people names and actually talk to people as opposed to talking down to people with the idea “I’ve been here longer and know better. so shut up”.
There was an overwhelming public outcry in response to the Big Park Council Planning and Zoning Committee’s vote Monday. The committee met on June 3 to vote on the rezoning application for the Patel property, which sits on the corner of State Route 179 and Jack’s Canyon Road. After months of deliberation and research, the committee voted 6-3 in favor of the applicant’s application to rezone the property from residential to C2-1 commercial zoning with stipulations for the proposed Hilton Garden Inn.
A big thanks from all the organizers of the 6th Annual Community BBQ to those who came and enjoyed the day with us.
I just got through reading another letter from a probably newbie who thinks the best solution to our traffic problems is to rebuild the bridge across Oak Creek at Red Rock Crossing.
Mr. Fairchild’s comment to “put the bridge back at Red Rock Crossing…” has one problem- there never was a bridge at Red Rock Crossing.
On behalf of Sedona Public Library, I would like to thank the entire community for support of library services and programs. There are too many people to name individually, so I will highlight groups and organizations: Big Park Regional Coordinating Council, Church of the Nazarene, Sedona Car Club, Sedona Winds Retirement Community and the Village Business Association.
With the annual meeting completed, we conducted our organization meeting of the ne board. During the selection of officers, I was reappointed as president of the VOCA Board for the year.
I’m relatively new to the Sedona area. We moved here from Thousand Oaks, CA in October 2015. After completing some renovations on our home in Pine Valley (off Jacks Canyon Road), we got involved in our HOA and took an interest in community issues in the VOC and Sedona. Last Dec I joined the BPRCC board as secretary.
My mother, Nika Fleissig, who passed away in January at the age of 98, was known in the Village of Oak Creek and in Sedona for her dramatic flair and outspoken opinions.
In response to Village of Oak Creek residents’ concerns regarding the possible rezoning and commercial development of the parcel of land at the southeast corner of Jacks Canyon and SR 179 known as the “Patel property,” a well-attended public forum was conducted May 24 at the Church of the Nazarene.
The theme was Spring Fling for the 51st Red Rock Roundup, a two-person better ball, that was held at Oakcreek Country Club on May 7.
When you start getting invited to several 80th birthday celebrations, you realize how fast the years have gone by. We thought the fiesta that Jan Meyer and family arranged for her husband, John Swingle, was worthy of an article for Dine In/Dine Out.
First, we applaud Jeane Garth, who for more than five years has baked cakes for the volunteers serving Paw Prints resale store in the Village of Oak Creek.
The Village of Oakcreek had its beginning in 1967 when Fannie Gulick’s 920 acres in Big Park were acquired by developer Irving Jennings. There were 3,200 residential sites plotted, but only 30 were sold in the next six months.
Those of you who moved here, to the beautiful Village of Oak Creek, found a peaceful town with a high-rated school for our children. What happened? The Big Park Regional Coordinating Council has been trying to do what’s good for the people of the Village, with our zoning and community input.
VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK -- Those traveling between Interstate 17 and Sedona along State Route 179 will need to plan extra travel time as the highway will be narrowed to one lane between the Red Rock Ranger Station and Chapel Road so Arizona Department of Transportation crews can apply chip seal.
Monday, the board voted 5-to-0 to lease the former Big Park Community School to Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind – ASDB – and nobody from the public as much as said “hold on, let’s talk about this.”
SEDONA – Last year, the governing board of Sedona Oak Creek Unified School District voted to close Big Park Community School as a cost-cutting measure.
Motorists who use State Route 179 between Sedona and Interstate 17 through the Village of Oak Creek should expect long delays in both directions of travel from May 13-17, because of pavement-preservation work.
We’ve come upon the one-year anniversary of the Sedona-Oak Creek School Board’s decision to close Big Park Elementary School. The resulting wounds to the Village of Oak Creek are slow to heal.