CAMP VERDE - The Camp Verde Planning and Zoning Commission will begin discussing the Finnie Flat Character Area at its General Plan work session on March 13. The Finnie Flat Character Area is one of 10 character areas that make up the plan's Land Use element.
A large portion of the Finnie Flat Character Area is comprised of commercial use along Finnie Flat Road, Industrial Drive and State Route 260.
The residential areas in the Finnie Flat Character Area are high density residential and are manufactured, modular and site built homes, primarily located of Cliffs Parkway and Finnie Flat Road.
There is also a small area of general industrial along the north end of Industrial Drive and on the southeast side of Davidson Drive toward Peterson Road.
After spending several work sessions discussing the Pecan Lane and Middle Verde character areas, the Commission reached agreement on both areas at the Feb. 27 work session. Commission Chairman B.J. Davis says he is pleased to have a consensus on two character areas.
"When you attempt to listen to all views and find middle ground that satisfies all, as the commission is doing, it takes a bit of back-and-forth discussion, additional time and at the end, compromise," Davis says. "So I think the commission has achieved the goal of listening to all and moving forward in a direction that satisfies most of the concerns we have heard. But it would be better if we could hear from a larger cross section of the people who live in Camp Verde."
The Commission has tentatively named 10 designated character areas: Pecan Lane, Middle Verde, Finnie Flat, Clear Creek/Verde Lakes, Historic Downtown, McCracken, Quarterhorse, Salt Mine, 260 corridor and 260 East. The Commission and Town Staff will continue to discuss how character areas play a role in the plan's Land Use element, one of the 10 elements in the General Plan.
"We still have a lot of work ahead of us," Davis also said. "It doesn't mean much more than we have two or 10 character areas ready to go to council and then be reviewed by the public and other agencies. And after that, we have nine other elements to review."
The Commission has been holding General Plan work session meetings since August 2013. Meetings are scheduled to continue through October 2014.
By 2015, the General Plan must be updated, re-adopted, or completely re-worked. Camp Verde residents last ratified the 10-year plan on March 8, 2005. Once adopted and ratified, any changes to the plan would require a council-approved amendment, which based on specific criteria are categorized as either major or minor.
There is no limit to the amount of minor amendments that can be made. But major amendments are limited to one each year.
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/.