Different month, but same message.

National Night Out, a program celebrated by millions across the country, has been held in Sedona for many years. But this year, it will be switched from the traditional August date to Saturday, Oct. 7. This free event will run from 3 to 5 p.m. at Posse Grounds Park.

After many hours of discussion over the last few months, the Sedona City Council voted on what the updated sign code will look like.

While the code covers a range of topics regarding signs, the most talked about aspect has been that of offpremise temporary signs and what can and can’t be allowed under a Supreme Court ruling.

False accusations. Wasting of city resources. Police report filed. Website policy changed. All of which surround a simple variance request.

On Monday, Sept. 25, Rob and Christine Adams appeared before the Sedona Board of Adjustment regarding a newer fence in their front yard, which did not meet city code. But how they ended up there is where things get interesting.

Few would argue that the lack of affordable housing to rent in Sedona is becoming more of a problem with every passing month.

High rental costs, more long-term rentals becoming short-term and the fact that only 4 percent of Sedona’s housing are apartments has city officials — as well as many business owners — concerned.

On Tuesday, Sept. 19, the Sedona Planning and Zoning Commission addressed this issue in two ways, both through requested major amendments to the Sedona Community Plan.

Many said it was the longest city meeting they could remember in many years.

The Tuesday, Sept. 19, Sedona Planning and Zoning Commission meeting ended just before 9 p.m. — five and a half hours after it started. The topic: Requests for four major community plan amendments, which by law can only be addressed once a year. Still, it’s rare to have four requests on the table at once.

Traffic. Nearly everyone agrees that it’s a problem that will only get worse with time. But the question is: How will it be addressed and who will be paying for it?

During a three-hour Sedona City Council meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 13, a solution may have been found.
For the last 10 months the Fiscal Sustainability Work Group has been meeting once or twice a month to discuss just that — fiscal sustainability.

Following several meetings in which the topic of signs has been discussed, city of Sedona staff feels it’s found the middle ground it’s been seeking to avoid an all-ornothing scenario.

On Tuesday, Sept. 12, the Sedona City Council was given yet another update on the revised sign code. While the majority of the code has met little resistance by council or the Planning and Zoning Commission, one part has — off-premises signs.

To pick B, C or D. Or not to pick B, C or D. That was the question.

The Sedona City Council was asked to give input into a long-standing issue of 27 landlocked acres across Oak Creek from Poco Diablo Resort. After nearly two hours of discussion, council gave direction to staff on Tuesday, Sept. 12, to pen a letter to the U.S. Forest Service listing its thoughts and concerns.

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