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KSB urges residents of Yavapai County to participate in the Planning and Zoning Commission hearing at which the Spring Creek Ranch rezoning proposal will be heard. The hearing will take place at 9:00 AM on Thursday September 17. Due to COVID-19, the County will be accepting comments differently. In the past, those who attended could fill out a form identifying themselves, noting whether they were for or against the request, adding a comment, and indicating if they wish to speak.
Instead, we are being asked to fill out an online survey that you can access at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SpringCreek. Even if you have previously written or emailed the County about Spring Creek, KSB urges you to complete this simple survey.
The County notes that there will be 4 separate requests for rezoning heard on Sept 17, with space for only about 20 people in the room. The room will be cleared and sanitized between topics. Everyone else will need to watch online. The County will not publish the online link approximately Sept 3.
The County has not yet clarified if citizens will be allowed to speak at the hearing, or how that will work, particularly for those who are not present in the room.
You may have heard that the developers have recently petitioned the City of Cottonwood to annex Spring Creek Ranch.
At a meeting held on Tuesday August 18, the Cottonwood City Council approved a resolution to “authorize staff to proceed with the annexation of Spring Creek Ranch and Coconino National Forest land.”
A city can only annex land adjacent to current city boundaries. To annex Spring Creek Ranch, Cottonwood also plans to annex 11 square miles of National Forest land, snaking around State Land Trust property and down to Spring Creek Ranch. The crosshatched portion in the photo above shows the land they plan to annex. The relatively small Spring Creek Ranch parcel is outlined in dark black in the image above.
Annexing National Forest land does not open it up to development. Annexation simply puts that 11 acres within Cottonwood city boundaries. Use of National Forest land does not change.
While this is a significant new dynamic, the more immediate issue is to convince Yavapai County Planning and Zoning that they should once again reject this proposal for development. If the land is annexed to Cottonwood, the zoning it comes with is critically important. KSB believes that the current RCU-2A (2-acre minimum lot size) should remain.
You can get more information about this proposal for a mega-development by visiting our web site, www.keepsedonabeautiful.org.
If you question how inappropriate this development is, please take a minute to absorb the following tables:
Unless you’ve already done so, we also urge you to contact Yavapai County Planning and Zoning and each of the County Supervisors, letting them know how you feel about this proposed rezoning. In your email and/or letter, you must include your name and address, or the County will not consider it. Only one communication per household is considered.
Yavapai County Development Services:
10 South 6th Street
Cottonwood, AZ 86326
Rowle P. Simmons: email@example.com – 1015 Fair Street Prescott, AZ 86305
Thomas Thurman: firstname.lastname@example.org – 1015 Fair Street Prescott, AZ 86305
Randy Garrison: email@example.com – 10 South 6th Street Cottonwood, AZ 86326
Craig L. Brown: firstname.lastname@example.org – 1015 Fair Street Prescott, AZ 86305
Mary Mallory: email@example.com – 1015 Fair Street Prescott, AZ 86305