Finnie Flat goals, strategies come before P&Z this week

General Plan talks continue Thursday

Thursday, the Town’s Planning and Zoning Commission will seek consensus on goals and implementation strategies for the Finnie Flat Character Area. VVN/Bill Helm<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

Thursday, the Town’s Planning and Zoning Commission will seek consensus on goals and implementation strategies for the Finnie Flat Character Area. VVN/Bill Helm<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

CAMP VERDE - At the Sept. 11 General Plan work session, the Town's Planning & Zoning Commission reached consensus on goals and implementation strategies for the 260 Corridor Character Area.

With help from the General Plan sub-committee and the Town's Community Development Department, the commission will seek agreement on goals and implementation strategies for the Finnie Flat Character Area during Thursday's 6 p.m. work session.

By February 2015, the commission hopes to reach consensus on the goals and implementation strategies for the Land Use element and for each of its 10 character areas, said commission chairman B. J. Davis. According to Davis, the sub-committee has been instrumental in helping the commission make the right decisions.

"The sub-committee, in this phase, has been doing all the work getting through all of this and whittling things down," Davis said. "They're helping make things more concise and they're acting as our main public input."

Keeping the goals and implementation strategies of the character areas clear has been a "slow, methodical pace," sub-committee member Kathy Davis said. But she is pleased with progress the sub-committee has made.

"The best plans are the ones that are used," Kathy Davis said. "If you have too many goals, then it's just words on paper. The intent is looking at different parts of the town and considering the personality of the areas, refining things."

Pecan Lane, Middle Verde, Downtown, Salt Mine, Quarterhorse, Clear Creek, McCracken and 260 East are the other character areas. Once the commission reaches consensus on the goals and implementation strategies to the Land Use element overview and the character areas, the Land Use element will be drafted and the commission will begin discussing Growth Areas, the second of the 10 elements that comprise the General Plan.

The other elements are Open Space & Recreation, Transportation & Circulation, Water Resources, Environmental Planning, Economic Development, Housing, Cost of Development, and History & Culture.

Camp Verde residents last ratified the 10-year General Plan on March 8, 2005. Once adopted and ratified, any changes would require a council-approved amendment, which based on specific criteria is categorized as either minor or major. There is no limit to the amount of minor amendments that can be made. Major amendments are limited to one each year.

Thursday's General Plan work session will be held in council chambers, 473 S. Main St. #106. A copy of the agenda can be found at: www.campverde.az.gov/government/town-clerk/agendas-minutes-actions/p-z-agendas-and-minutes/.

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