COTTONWOOD - In spite of some 11th hour changes, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors is set to approve the county's 2012 comprehensive General Plan at its Monday morning board meeting in Cottonwood.
The plan is a requirement of all counties under the Growing Smart Initiative. It serves as the guidebook by which the planning and zoning commission makes recommendations and the board of supervisors makes decisions related to growth issues.
The plan only applies to unincorporated rural communities and county land outside incorporated communities. It must be updated every 10 years.
The last time the county updated its plan it spent $250,000 hiring a consultant to do the work. But that was back when budgets were flush and county was applying all its resources to dealing with growth.
This time around, with a little less growth happening, the project was done in-house.
"This one is more citizen driven than the last one. We based it off of what we heard from the communities and how they see their areas being developed. We feel this tries to create the place we all want to see in the future," says Tammy DeWitt, senior planner for the county.
The biggest difference between the update and the 2003 version is the addition of elements that address energy, cost of development, environment and growth areas, which were not required in the previous plan.
The county began preliminary work in late 2010 and laid out a process for the plan's development and eventual adoption last September.
However, it wasn't until early August, as the Planning and Zoning Commission was making its final recommendation, that Keep Sedona Beautiful sent a letter wanting to change the designation of land in the Red Rocks area from "transitional growth" to "rural."
The county made the change after the group voiced concerns that the transitional growth designation might send the wrong message to the Forest Service that land in the area was available for land trades and eventual development.
The plan is available for viewing on the county's Website, www.yavapai.us.
Monday's board meeting takes place at the county supervisor's boardroom, 10 S. Sixth St. in Cottonwood, beginning at 9 a.m.