The city of Sedona is in the early stages of a multi-year process of establishing more than a dozen Community Focus Areas. And on April 11, one that staff feels is near the top of the list was approved.

The Sedona City Council unanimously approved the Schnebly CFA, which is the third to be completed.

“This one, out of all the CFAs, probably is the most unique,” Senior Planner Cynthia Lovely said. “Part of why it’s unique is that this was the original heart of Sedona. This was the original settlement as everything was focused along the creek.”

As the old saying goes, “Good things come to those who wait.”

That could easily apply to the Barbara Antonsen Memorial Park. After 16 years of delay, fundraising and a collapsed venue, the new performance pavilion at Posse Grounds Park is open for use.

To celebrate the completion of the project, the community is invited to celebrate its grand opening during a Wednesday, May 3, open house. Drop in any time from 4 to 7 p.m. to stroll the grounds, enjoy live music, theater and dance performances, and get a bite to eat. The pavilion has festival-style seating, so bring a chair or blanket to use on the lawn.

It’s time to loosen that belt buckle by a notch or two for a feast for a good cause.

The public is invited to help the Sedona Police Department raise funds to support Special Olympics with an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner on Saturday, April 8. The event begins at 5 p.m. at the Sedona Elks Lodge located at 110 Airport Road. The menu will include spaghetti with sauce, chicken fettuccine, salad, bread and dessert.

What a difference a week makes.

By consensus, on March 22, the Sedona Planning and Zoning Commission had been in favor of moving forward on one particular portion of the city’s updated sign code — the first in 20 years.
It moved to support allowing off-premise signs for all residents and businesses except along ADOT rights-of-way, which extend 30 feet back from the roadway. However, the signs would have to adhere to quality standards set by the city.

As the city of Sedona is updating its 20-year-old sign code, a court ruling has forced the city to loosen restrictions in one important area of that code.

The Sedona Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday, March 21, voted to support allowing off-premise signs for all residents and businesses except along ADOT rights-of-way, which extends 30 feet back from the roadway. However, the signs will have to adhere to quality standards as set by the city. And, the number of signs and how long each can be in place has yet to be determined.

Last year proved to be another busy one for the Sedona Fire District. And while the overall number of calls decreased slightly, the types of calls varied greatly.

The 2016 annual report — which is compiled each year by SFD Executive Assistant Tricia Greer — offers a glimpse into what the staff of the district does on a day-to-day basis.

The Sedona City Council gave its blessing for the Sedona Chamber of Commerce to proceed with the purchase of a vacant building on 401 Jordan Road.

Even though a formal vote was not taken on March 15, council was clear that the purchase of the building is a smart move with a wide array of possible uses in the future. But in the meantime, it can be used for additional free parking in the Uptown area.

The plans calls for the chamber to use product development funds — via bed tax revenue — and pay it off in the next three years. It would then be turned over to the city at that point or further down the road when it’s deemed appropriate.

Ever since the city of Sedona announced that it would be drafting a new transportation master plan, there’s been one overlying theme — there is no single answer to the problem.

That was again evident during an update on the $250,000 plan as presented to the Sedona City Council on Tuesday, March 14. City Manager Justin Clifton led the discussion and stressed several times that council will be presented a multitude of options from the study over the next several months. The hope is to weed out those council is not interested in and narrow it down to a few options — both big and small.

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