Growth Areas Policies for the Yavapai County Comprehensive Plan

This anonymous survey was created by Keep Sedona Beautiful, and is intended to give residents of Yavapai County an opportunity to express their opinions and indicate their priorities regarding the “Growth Areas Element” of the update to the County’s Comprehensive Plan.
 
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By law the County must include a section in their Comprehensive Plan addressing growth. The law states that the Comprehensive Plan must address: “Planning for growth areas, specifically identifying those areas, if any, that are particularly suitable for planned multimodal transportation and infrastructure expansion and improvements designed to support a planned concentration of a variety of uses, such as residential, office, commercial, tourism and industrial uses.  The mixed use planning shall include policies and implementation strategies that are designed to: (a) Make automobile, transit and other multimodal circulation more efficient, make infrastructure expansion more economical and provide for a rational pattern of land development. (b) Conserve significant natural resources and open areas in the growth area and coordinate their location to similar areas outside the growth area's boundaries. (c) Promote the public and private construction of timely and financially sound infrastructure expansion through the use of infrastructure funding and financing planning that is coordinated with development activity.

While this anonymous survey has been devised by Keep Sedona Beautiful, the results will be shared with Yavapai County. This is not a County survey.

Read each item carefully and mark your response based on the choices shown. Completing this anonymous survey should take you no more than 10 minutes.

For some items, we have included a link to a web page that may help clarify a term used.

Do not take this survey unless you are a resident of Yavapai County.

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* 1. It is important that growth in the County does not outstrip available resources.

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* 2. The availability of water is one of the most critical factors in planning for growth in Yavapai County.

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* 3. Community Plans written by unincorporated communities should be adopted into the Yavapai County Comprehensive Plan.

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* 4. Preserving the rural character and way-of-life in Yavapai County is important.

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* 5. The County should preserve established neighborhoods by aligning adjacent land uses with them.

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* 6. The County should concentrate development and encourage an appropriate range of land uses within growth areas collaboratively with unincorporated communities.

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* 7. The County should encourage growth area infill development to minimize sprawl and maximize the investment made in infrastructure and public facilities. (‘Infill’ is developing next to already developed land, rather than developing on isolated parcels.)

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* 8. As a key component of planning within growth areas, the County should give major attention to protecting the natural environment, including wildlife habitat, washes, surface and groundwater quality and quantity, and air quality.

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* 9. The County should encourage higher density development only in those areas of the County where services, including, but not limited to, water and sewer systems, paved rights-of-way and schools are already available.

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* 10. The expansion of affordable housing should be a fundamental goal of Yavapai County.

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* 11. The County should promote affordable housing near hotels, subdivisions and commercial developments to help locate workers near their place of work.

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* 12. The County should establish and offer a range of incentives to developers for creating affordable housing, such as reduced development fees.

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* 13. County growth planning should consider reliable data and countywide discussions about likely increases in tourism, including projected positive and negative effects on quality of life.

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* 14. The County should take all legal steps necessary to protect residents in areas where the state of Arizona’s short-term rental law has changed and adversely affected neighborhoods, impacting the quality of life for residents.

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* 15. The County should oppose the unlimited expansion of short-term rentals by lobbying the state of Arizona to allow local jurisdictions to enact stricter rules, including possible higher fees on short-term rentals.

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* 16. The County should encourage development/installation of technology improvements including, but not limited to, high-speed Internet connections and other communication improvements.

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* 17. The County should install new cell towers (including 5G), taking into consideration impacts to existing homes and business values.

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* 18. The County should fund grantwriting positions to help obtain additional funds for needed initiatives and projects.

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* 19. The County should support changes to state law to give counties greater authority over lot splits.

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* 20. Rezoning to higher density should be strongly discouraged on remote private inholdings on public lands where the provision of infrastructure is not a logical, cost-effective extension of existing improvements.

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* 21. Please enter your zip code. (This information is needed to help us evaluate responses.)

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