Changes to Major Amendment Criteria

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PZ19-00003 (Minor CPA)

Project Name: Changes to Criteria for Major Community Plan Amendments

Request: Request for a text amendment to the Sedona Community Plan to redefine what is considered a Major Amendment

Project Summary:

The following proposed changes do not affect any requirements for rezonings.  All rezoning applications require public participation, public notice and public hearings with both the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council.  The proposed change to the major amendment criteria affects amendments to the Sedona Community Plan.  An amendment to the Community Plan is often required in order for a rezoning to be considered.  There are two key differences between minor and major amendments:  A major amendment can only be considered once per year, and requires a City-wide mailing of a public notice rather than mailing to those in the vicinity of a property for which the amendment is requested.  A major amendment also requires a 2/3 vote of the City Council to approve.  Although the 2/3 vote is not currently required for minor amendments, the proposed changes would make the 2/3 vote a new requirement for minor amendments.  All Plan amendments require public notice and public hearings at both the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council.

Staff believes that the major amendment process is overly restrictive, since a major amendment, as defined by State law, is really intended to apply more to projects with community-wide impacts.  Since Sedona has a very low threshold for what constitutes a major amendment, most Community Plan amendments considered by the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council are major amendments and must be all considered together only once per year.   Sedona's  major amendment criteria are one of the most, if not the most restrictive in the State.  Staff is also not aware of any other Arizona city or town that implements a city-wide mailing notification.  Minor amendments require the same level of staff review and must be approved through public hearings with the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council, but can occur throughout any given year. 

Proposed change to major community plan amendment criteria, including, allowing the following to be considered a minor amendment: (1) increase in residential density, and (2) select projects on parcels 5 acres or less. See project description for details on all proposed changes. 

Location: City-wide

Project Status: The December 10 City Council public hearing for this item has been CANCELLED.  On November 19, the Planning and Zoning Commission continued this item indefinitely.   

Submit Comments: Comment form

Planning and Zoning Commission Meetings: The following dates link to meeting materials (once available). Meeting materials typically include a staff report, application materials, and public comments.

Project Materials (2019 Submittal):


For more information, contact Mike Raber, senior planner: (928) 204-7106; mraber@sedonaaz.gov