By Steve Segner —
Sedona,AZ — Dear Fellow Citizens of Sedona,
On November 15th, a significant vote will take place within our city council—one that holds immense importance for the future of our beloved Sedona. The subject of this vote is the long-awaited uptown parking garage.
This garage has been in the works for over two decades, and it’s a project that has faced its share of delays. One contributing factor to these delays is the arrival of new council members who may not be fully aware of the historical context and the pressing need for this facilityTo ensure that everyone is well-informed and up to speed on the matter, a new study was commissioned by the current city council and funded by the city itself. This study has conclusively recommended the construction of the parking garage at the selected uptown location. The report can be viewed HERE
Having been a resident of Sedona for over twenty-five years, I have witnessed and participated in countless parking discussions over the years. It is my firm belief that approving the garage is the next logical step to complete our parking and transportation plan.
Furthermore, it’s essential to consider the broader context: our “Sedona In Motion” community transportation system requires the garage to operate effectively. With the recent traffic study also recommending the garage, there is now a solid foundation of data supporting its construction.
A “no” vote on this project can only be interpreted as a vote against our local businesses and of our tourism industry. The previous city council had approved the plan, purchased the necessary property, and agreed to connect Forest Road to 89A in preparation for this project. However, the parking segment of the plan was put on hold by the current council.
Sedona’s long-term interests are best served by having a clear, unwavering commitment to projects that are vital to our growth and sustainability. A start-and-stop approach, driven by the whims of a few city council members, is not in our city’s best interest.
In light of my more than two decades as a Sedona resident, I wanted to share this historical perspective to ensure that both the council and our fellow citizens have the knowledge they need to make an informed decision regarding the upcoming vote.
I urge you all to consider the facts, the studies, and the broader implications for our city’s future when making your choice on this crucial matter.
Thank you for your time and your commitment to the well-being of our beautiful city.
Supporting the construction of an uptown parking structure in Sedona is a significant step toward addressing the traffic and parking challenges in the area. Here are several compelling reasons to support this initiative
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By supporting the construction of an uptown parking structure, Sedona can take a significant step towards addressing traffic congestion, improving safety, and enhancing the overall experience for both residents and visitors.