CAMP VERDE - The Camp Verde Community Development Department is preparing to update the Town's general plan.
The Town's general plan, a 10-year plan, was last ratified on March 8, 2005. According to Community Development Director Mike Jenkins, the plan must be re-adopted, updated or completely re-worked by 2015.
Jenkins approached the Camp Verde Town Council during Wednesday's 5 p.m. work session to discuss the update process of the general plan.
"The seven members of the Planning and Zoning Commission are the most knowledgeable about planning and zoning in the Town," Jenkins said. "We have incorporated many people to help with this, but the stars will be the Planning and Zoning Commission."
According to Jenkins, there are 11 elements in the general plan, "and there are many sub-elements."
A general plan can be amended within the life of the plan. There are two types of amendments for a general plan: major and minor amendments. Major amendments to the general plan can only happen once each year.
"Several things need to be updated," said Russ Martin, Camp Verde town manager. "As far as changes, staff doesn't anticipate any big changes. We're looking to do this in house. You'll see a lot of things and say 'not a lot has changed.' We're hoping to not rewrite the thing. It is staff's intent to look at what we have and just update."
Council member Brad Gordon, formerly a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission, advised the Council and Community Development Department of the possibility of lawsuits that result from zoning changes after a general plan has been written.
"We have to be careful in how we word things," Gordon said. "That is my concern."
"The first item we would take on would be the land use," Jenkins said. "It helps people know what the general plan is trying to do. The people in the community can choose which element they want to participate in."
According to Jenkins, once the process to update the general plan has begun, it should take no more than eight months to complete.
"The acid test is that once the community gives input, the Planning and Zoning Commission makes a recommendation and takes that to the Council," Jenkins said. "That way, the public, the commission and the Council are not having to take it in all at once."