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ILX Resorts halted the zone change process on property where the company eventually wants to build The Villages at Legacy Park but plans to have Legacy Park and the Sedona Project open to the public next spring.
By Trista Steers
Larson Newspapers

ILX Resorts halted the zone change process on property where the company eventually wants to build The Villages at Legacy Park but plans to have Legacy Park and the Sedona Project open to the public next spring.

Sedona City Council agreed to give ILX until the end of December 2009 to pick back up with the rezone.

Sedona Planning and Zoning Commission recommended that council approve a change in the property’s zoning from “community facilities” and “single-family residential” to “planned development” earlier this summer. Legacy Park and the Sedona Project can be developed under the current zoning with a Conditional Use Permit.

ILX Chairman and CEO Joe Martori said ILX decided to wait until the Hwy. 179 Improvement Project timeline is set before moving forward.

“We really need to get a better handle on what’s going on with this road,” Martori said.

ILX can’t get a Certificate of Occupancy for the development until the roundabout at Hwy. 89A and Brewer Road is complete. The roundabout is part of the Hwy. 179 plan.

According to Martori, ILX had trouble securing financing for the project due to the uncertainty of when the roundabout will be complete and the certificate issued.

If ILX comes back to the city before December 2009, it picks up where it left off in the rezone process, with a presentation to council. If ILX doesn’t have a plan by the deadline, it has to start from scratch.

In the meantime, ILX and Design Group Architects will focus their energies on Legacy Park and the Sedona Project. To develop these two aspects of the project, ILX needs the planning and zoning commission’s approval.

“Planning and zoning has the authority to grant Conditional Use Permits,” John O’Brien, city director of community development, said.

Max Licher, of Design Group Architects, said ILX will develop Legacy Park as specified in earlier plans but the Sedona Project will look different at first. ILX plans to house the Sedona Project in the historic U.S. Forest Service buildings at the site until the center’s future building is constructed.

When council approved ILX’s Community Plan Future Land Use Map amendment last November, ILX talked about donating the park and historic buildings to the city as a community benefit. Licher said ILX will retain ownership of the park until a development agreement is reached with the city, at which time the park and buildings could still be donated.

A nonprofit group will run the Sedona Project.

O’Brien said ILX and the city will also continue to work on a development agreement.

If planning and zoning grants ILX the permit to develop the park and Sedona Project, Martori said ILX hopes to have them complete next spring.

“We have a lot of work cut out for us with Legacy Park,” Martori said.

The park, along with Los Abrigados Resort & Spa’s existing creek-side park, will be open to the public.

ILX plans to pursue the permit in September, according to Licher.


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