|The Planning and Zoning Commission will discuss the Historic Downtown Character Area at the April 9 general plan work session. Map courtesy of Town of Camp Verde|
|Correction: The date of the meeting is Thursday, April 10. The story has been corrected to reflect this.|
CAMP VERDE - At the April 10 General Plan work session, the Camp Verde Planning and Zoning Commission will discuss the Historic Downtown Character Area, one of 10 character areas that make up the plan's Land Use element.
According to Community Development Director Mike Jenkins, the Historic Downtown Character Area seems to be the main area of focus with the town's economic development.
"The sub-committee, staff and commission should take a long, healthy look at that character area, to ensure that we are addressing what it is that we want to sustain and protect for the future," Jenkins said. "As I see the Historic Downtown Character Area, it is a mixture of small businesses, restaurants, bars, churches and schools. Somehow, I'm hoping the community can guide the commission to help protect against conflicts between those uses."
Despite a strong involvement from the sub-committee, Jenkins said that participation from the general public has been "minimal, at best." But Town Manager Russ Martin, who once worked as a community development director, will begin to use a process he calls the development of the matrix "for identifying individuals who have an interest and are vested" in specific character areas.
"Staff will then contact vested individuals to encourage their participation at the sub-committee and general plan work sessions," Jenkins also said.
No matter who attends Thursday's work session, "I imagine we will have a good discussion on what the citizens want to see in their downtown," said Commission Chairman B.J. Davis.
The other designated character areas include Pecan Lane, Middle Verde, Finnie Flat, Clear Creek/Verde Lakes, McCracken, Quarterhorse, Salt Mine, 260 corridor and 260 East. The Land Use element is one of 10 elements in the General Plan.
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/.
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