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1/21/2014 1:30:00 PM
Bringing character to Pecan Lane
Camp Verde General Plan work sessions continue Thursday
Heading into Pecan Lane in Camp Verde
Heading into Pecan Lane in Camp Verde

Bill Helm
Reporter


CAMP VERDE - At Thursday's General Plan work session, the Camp Verde Planning and Zoning Commission is expected to reach consensus and approve the Pecan Lane Character Area, one of 10 character areas that make up the plan's Land Use element.

With input from the land use subcommittee and Town staff, the Commission will continue its series of work sessions to update the plan. The Commission has tentatively scheduled meetings through October 2014.

By 2015, the plan must be updated, re-adopted, or completely reworked. Camp Verde residents last ratified the 10-year plan on March 8, 2005.

The public is encouraged to attend and participate in the open work session, says Camp Verde Community Development Director Mike Jenkins.

Once adopted and ratified, any changes to the plan would require a council-approved amendment. Those amendments, based on specific criteria, are categorized as either major or minor. Though there is no limit to the amount of minor amendments that can be made, major amendments are limited to one each year.

At the Dec. 12 work session, the Commission reached a consensus regarding character area boundaries. 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 plan. The Land Use element, Jenkins said, is one of the biggest elements to the plan.

Jenna Owens, assistant planner for the Town of Camp Verde, said that character areas are guidelines to encourage development to respect the unique identity of each area.

The Commission has tentatively named 10 designated character areas within Camp Verde: 260 corridor, 260 East, Clear Creek/Verde Lakes, Finnie Flat, Historic Downtown, McCracken, Middle Verde, Pecan Lane, Quarterhorse and Salt Mine.

At the Jan. 9 work session, the Commission began by discussing the Pecan Lane Character Area. The Pecan Lane Character Area is bordered on the west and the north by Interstate 17, on the east by the town boundary, which incorporates forest service land, and on the south by the Verde River.

Once a consensus is reached to approve the Pecan Lane Character Area, the Commission will then begin discussing the Middle Verde Character Area, comprised of high-density residential located southwest of the Verde River.

The Middle Verde Character Area is bordered to the north and the east by the town boundary, which incorporates forest service land. The upper southwest part of the Middle Verde Character Area borders Yavapai-Apache trust land, with the lower southwest border located northeast of the 260 corridor. I-17 from the Verde River northeast to the Camp Verde town border is the southeast border of the Middle Verde Character Area.

Commission names new chairman, vice-chairman

At the Jan. 9 work session, the Commission appointed commissioner B.J. Davis as the new chairman and former chairman Chip Norton as the new vice chairman.

Thursday's work session will be held at 6 p.m. in council chambers, 473 S. Main St., room 106. A copy of the agenda can be found at: http://www.campverde.az.gov/government/town-clerk/agendas-minutes-actions/p-z-agendas-and-minutes/pz-general-plan-work-session-1-23-2014-2/.



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