Open Space 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 “Open Space 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 open space. The law states that the Comprehensive Plan must address “Planning for open space acquisition and preservation. The open space plan shall include: (a) A comprehensive inventory of open space areas, recreational resources and designations of access points to open space areas and resources. (b) An analysis of forecasted needs, policies for managing and protecting open space areas and resources and implementation strategies to acquire additional open space areas and further establish recreational resources. (c) Policies and implementation strategies designed to promote a regional system of integrated open space and recreational resources and a consideration of any existing regional open space plan.

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. Preservation of open space in its natural state is important.

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* 2. Open space provides recreational opportunities, increases adjacent land value and helps protect our natural resources.

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* 3. Development should occur in a manner that maximizes the preservation of open space.

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* 4. Public land should be permanently protected and conserved. (Arizona State Trust Land is not public land.)

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* 5. The County should develop, implement and monitor an Open Space Management Plan.

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* 6. The County should ensure new developments do not increase wildfire risk.

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* 7. More regional trails for hiking, non-motorized biking and equestrian use should be developed.

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* 8. Yavapai County should lead the creation of a new Open Space Council comprised of representatives of communities, sovereign tribal nations, the U. S. Forest Service, ADOT, Arizona State Parks and Trails and other appropriate federal, state and county agencies.

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* 9. Yavapai County should use incentives such as agricultural zoning, tax incentives and other techniques to preserve agricultural lands.

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* 10. The County should work with private landowners, public land managers and sovereign tribal nations to preserve open land in order to maintain scenic viewsheds and protect environmentally sensitive lands.

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* 11. The County should support clustered subdivisions, density bonuses and Transfer of Development Rights to conserve land that is environmentally sensitive.

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* 12. The County should establish density transition zones to separate and buffer rural areas from more urbanized areas.

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* 13. Scenic vistas and viewsheds should be protected and preserved.

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* 14. The County should remove and rehabilitate user-created trails on county land (both motorized and nonmotorized). These are frequently called ‘social trails.’

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* 15. The County should secure funding for and then acquire open space and conservation lands from willing sellers.

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* 16. Yavapai County should provide zoning code incentives for developments that leave open space in its natural state.

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* 17. When the County develops its land use density map, critical environmentally or culturally sensitive areas should be clearly identified and set aside as non-developable land.

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* 18. The County should investigate and implement creative methods to fund and implement an open-space system that meets the needs of residents and visitors and builds an interconnected network of scenic regional trails.

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* 19. The County should encourage property owners to maintain and protect historic access to public lands through their property.

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

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