Community Plan Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a Community Focus Area?
Community Focus Areas are identified in the Sedona Community Plan as locations where specific area plans will be developed. See the Community Focus Area page for more information, including links to those plans now underway.

What is a Community Plan?
The Sedona Community Plan is the expression of the community’s goals and policies for future growth and development. The State of Arizona requires communities to have a long-range general plan that is updated every 10 years.
The Community Plan is:
  • an expression of the community’s vision and priorities
  • a policy guide for future growth and development
The Community Plan is not:
  • a budget or commitment to spend money
  • a list of City projects to build
  • zoning or other regulations

How is the City going to pay for this Plan?
The Plan itself does not require the City to spend money. The Plan is a policy document that is intended to help guide future City priorities and manage community growth and development. Some of the recommended actions in the Plan will require some money to implement. However, the City Council and ultimately the community’s approval of the Plan do not result in any of the actions being funded. Every year, the City prepares a budget that all citizens can review and give input on. For projects proposed to implement the Plan, City staff will submit budget requests to the City Council as part of future annual budgets and the City Council will decide whether to approve these requests.

What topics does the Plan address?
The State requires that specific topics be addressed: Land Use, Circulation, Growth, Open Space, Environmental Planning, Water Resources, and Cost of Development. The City has also chosen to address Economic Development, Community Character, Arts, Culture, Historic Preservation, and Parks and Recreation as these are areas that citizens has advised are important to the community. The Plan is organized into the following chapters:
• Land Use, Housing, and Growth
• Circulation - Traffic, Parking, Walking and Biking, and Transit
• Environment - Water Resources and Resource Conservation
• Parks, Recreation, and Open Space
• Economic Development
• Community - Community Character, Arts, Culture, and Historic Preservation
• Implementation - Cost of Development and Action Plan 

Why does the Plan matter?
The Plan is the primary policy document used by City Council, staff, and citizens to guide and measure the City’s future growth and development. It is the community’s “blueprint” for the natural, human, social, cultural, economic and historical attributes that reflect the Sedona of today and tomorrow. It contains the community’s vision for the future and the goals and actions that will help the City to achieve this vision and associated goals.

How will the Plan be implemented?
The Plan will help guide and prioritize more detailed planning efforts, the preparation of new and updated land use and other regulations, and future City Council budgeting decisions – all of which will have significant public involvement.

How was it decided what ideas went into the Plan?
Beginning in 2010 and continuing to the present, the Citizens Steering Committee and City staff have gathered public input and listened to the community’s concerns, ideas and aspirations. A tremendous amount of input was received from individual residents, different age groups, and the business community. The Citizens Steering Committee and City staff then worked together to go through all of this public input and identify the community’s vision, expectations and ideas. From this effort, the Committee and City staff developed a draft Plan that is intended to reflect as much as possible this extensive public input. 

What is new or different in this plan compared to the 2002 Plan?
The new Community Plan has been developed to be more user friendly, succinct, and more visually oriented (i.e. maps, photos and illustrations) in response to feedback the City received on the 2002 Community Plan. In addition, the new Community Plan has established prioritized action plans for each of the elements of the Plan to identify key actions that will be taken by the City, its partners, and residents to implement the Plan. The City has also consolidated the multiple and different planning area designations in the 2002 Community Plan down to two designations – Planned Areas and Community Focus Areas. Planned Areas are areas in the City for which public planning efforts have already been done and the community’s expectations for the development and growth of these areas has been set. Community Focus Areas are areas in the City for which future public planning efforts are needed. These future efforts will include significant public involvement to gain the public’s ideas and expectations for the future growth and development of these areas. The new Community Plan proposes a total of 13 Community Focus Areas throughout the City:
1. Cultural Park
2. Health Services
3. Dry Creek
4. Rodeo-Coffeepot
5. Soldiers Pass Road
6. Ranger Road
7. Uptown
8. North Oak Creek
9. Schnebly Hill
10. Copper Clifffs
11. Morgan Road
12. Industrial Park
13. Wastewater Treatment Plant