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1/7/2014 3:03:00 PM
P&Z Commission to refine character areas in Camp Verde
General Plan work sessions resume Thursday
Camp Verde’s tentative Character Areas
260 corridor

Finnie Flat

Historic Downtown

260 East

Middle Verde

Pecan Lane


Salt Mine


Clear Creek/Verde Lakes

Bill Helm

CAMP VERDE - At the Dec. 12 General Plan work session, the Camp Verde Planning and Zoning Commission reached a consensus regarding character area boundaries.

Beginning with the Jan. 9 work session, the Commission will individually address each character area until all have been finalized.

Addressing the character areas one by one "will take time," said Chip Norton, Camp Verde Planning and Zoning Commission chairman.

"Given that the Commission has no expectation that character area boundaries will remain as Town staff and the Commission [initially] drafted them, our goal was to provide a starting point for public review and comment," Norton said.

With the help of Town staff, the Commission has tentatively named 10 designated character areas within Camp Verde: 260 corridor, Finnie Flat, Historic Downtown, 260 East, Middle Verde, Pecan Lane, McCracken, Salt Mine, Quarterhorse and Clear Creek/Verde Lakes. The Commission will begin by discussing the Pecan Lane character area.

"The goal is for the people that live and work in that area to provide input that will guide the Commission as to character area boundaries and future land use within those boundaries," Norton said.

The Commission and Town staff concluded that the designation of character areas could be an important facet of the Land Use element, one of the 10 elements in the Town's General Plan. The Land Use element, according to Community Development Director Mike Jenkins, is one of the biggest elements to the General Plan.

The other elements to the General Plan are: Open Space & Recreation, Growth Area, Transportation & Circulation, Water Resources, Environmental Planning, Economic Development, Housing, Cost of Development, and History & Culture.

The General Plan must be updated, re-adopted, or completely re-worked by 2015. Camp Verde residents last ratified the General Plan, a 10-year plan, on March 8, 2005. The Commission has tentatively scheduled meetings through October 2014.

Once the General Plan has been adopted and ratified, any changes would require a council-approved amendment. Those amendments, based on specific criteria, are categorized as either major or minor. Though an unlimited amount of minor elements may take place within the scope of the General Plan, major amendments are limited to one each year.

Thursday's General Plan work session will be held at 6 p.m. in council chambers, 473 S. Main St., room 106.

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