The code won in the “Ordinance/Regulation” category. Citizen volunteers and city staff members received the award at a ceremony at the 2019 APA Arizona Conference, in a ceremony held Sept. 12 in Oro Valley.
Sedona’s first Land Development Code was adopted in 1994. The 2018 update project was the first comprehensive overhaul since its adoption. City staff received assistance from Clarion Associates, a land use firm based in Denver, Co.
Among the factors influencing the Arizona APA award committee were innovation related to both the process of the update and the regulations themselves; the integration of new standards for environmental sustainability; methods of implementing Community Focus Area plans specific to geographic location and goals of the Sedona Community Plan; elements of housing affordability; new approaches to zoning; and a robust public outreach program.
Mayor Sandy Moriarty says the new code reflects that robust citizen input and the hard work of the staff.
“The staff members of our Community Development Department, working with subject matter experts and citizens, transformed our old Land Development Code into a user-friendly, well-organized and readable document that allows us to advance our priorities of affordable housing and sustainability, and take advantage of changes in technology,” she says. “The updated LDC also lessens burdens on the community by offering streamlined development review processes, eliminating cumbersome approval reviews by the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council, and by providing mechanisms for staff approval when proposals meet community goals.”
Th LDC establishes standards for all new development and redevelopment and is one of the city’s most important tools for protecting and enhancing the unique character of Sedona. The new document is designed to:
Be user-friendly and easy to understand.
Provide clear and specific direction for development and re-development.
Implement the Sedona Community Plan.
Address the goals in adopted Community Focus Area (CFA) Plans.
Reflect best practices.
To learn more about the code, visit sedonaaz.gov/ldc.