LDC Update: Scenic Beauty

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"The built environment will blend with the natural environment."   - Sedona Community Plan

The Land Development Code plays an important role in "Preserving Sedona's Scenic Beauty". The following are examples of how the Land Development Code (LDC) influences the built environment.

 LDC Update

Building Design: Colors

Link to the LDC Update Project Page
Colors similar to the natural environment blend in without calling undue attention to the buildings. Building color is addressed in the LDC.
 Colors Ex1 The house colors are similar to the colors found in the surrounding landscape.
 Colors Ex4  
 Colors Ex2 The colors of this house blend well with the surrounding trees and cliffs.

Building Design: Height

Notice that there are no tall buildings in Sedona? That was by design.  The LDC sets limits for building height.
 Height Ex1

The fact that these houses are barely visible is the goal!

 Height Ex2

The roof lines of these houses going up the hill follow the slope, roughly even with the tree line.

Building Design: Materials


Buildings that use a variety of materials including red rocks blend into the landscape and are more visually interesting. Building materials are addressed in the LDC.

 Materials Ex2 The red rocks of the building blend with the red cliffs behind it.
 Materials Ex1 A combination of materials and textures can create a pleasing relationship between the building and its natural surroundings.
 Materials Ex3  

Building Design: Massing

These buildings are not simple square boxes. The LDC sets standards for building shapes (massing) and sizes.
 Massing Ex1

"In order to maximize the integration of the built environment with the natural environment, and to minimize the distractions of the built environment, all new development proposals should incorporate means of reducing the apparent size and bulk of buildings."

- Sedona Design Review Manual, Article 10 § 3.3

 Massing Ex2  
 Massing Ex3  



When landscaping reflects the natural environment it creates a sense of place that is uniquely Sedona. The landscaping of commercial projects is addressed by the LDC.

 Landscaping Ex1

Landscaping goals:
To preserve and enhance:
-the natural environment
-the city’s aesthetic qualities
-the appearance, character and value of property

To minimize:
-the visual impacts of buildings and parking lots
-the impacts of erosion and stormwater runoff
-noise and air pollution

To conserve water with native and low water-use plants

- Sedona Design Review Manual, Article 9§ 910.01

 Landscaping Ex2



Imagine Tlaquepaque without the trees. The sycamore trees characteristic of Oak Creek were designed into both the new and original Tlaquepaque. The LDC addresses the preservation of trees.

 Trees Ex2

The original Tlaquepaque that was built in the 1970s recognized the value of the trees as an integral part of the experience.

 Trees Ex1

The Tlaquepaque North expansion was designed around the existing trees.