A lot has changed in Sedona over the last 20 years but one thing that hasn’t seen much change is the city’s sign code.

That will soon change.

Being it was last updated two decades ago, the process is expected to be long and tedious. That was proven true as the Sedona Planning and Zoning Commission discussed the issue for three hours on Feb. 7, and got only halfway through staff’s presentation. A second P&Z meeting on the topic will take place on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 3:30 p.m. in the Vultee Room at City Hall. A final draft of the updated sign code will need  City Council approval.

The city of Sedona is one of several dozen entities throughout the state that have filed paperwork to intervene in regard to Arizona Public Service’s first rate hike in five years.

Sedona’s intervention mostly surrounds proposed fees for those who opted out of having a smart meter nearly three years ago.

For now, things are in a bit of a holding pattern.

When David McGill accepted the job as Sedona’s newest police chief, he knew there would be an adjustment period. And not just because he exchanged sand and surf for red rocks and mountains but mostly because it’s never easy being the new guy.

“It’s been simply outstanding,” he said of the past month. “My head is spinning a bit, though, as I’m still getting to know everyone in the department and within the community. But everyone has been so welcoming. I could not be happier with how things have gone so far.”

It’s now been a month since short-term vacation rentals have been officially legal in Sedona, even though the practice had been going on illegally for years.

City officials are in a wait-and-see mode as to the potential impact the law — formerly known as Senate Bill 1350 and is now codified as Arizona Revised Statute §9-500.39 — may have in Sedona.

The city of Sedona is in the early stages of developing 13 community focus areas throughout town. And while it may not be as visible as many of the others, the Schnebly Hill CFA is being looked upon as one of the most important on the list.

The Sedona City Council was given its first glimpse of this CFA, which comes on the heels of those completed for the Western Gateway and Soldier’s Pass. Staff gave a two-hour presentation to council on Jan. 25, and will be back before them on Feb. 15 for the second half of the presentation.

What is considered affordable housing? It may not be as difficult as defining art or answering the meaning of life but it’s still difficult nonetheless.

The lack of affordable housing in the area was one of several topics discussed during a special budget meeting on Jan. 19, as the Sedona City Council established its priority list for next fiscal year.

The Sedona Fire District is in the exploratory stage to see if a general obligation bond is needed to catch up on improvements that were identified more than 15 years ago.

The district is establishing a citizen committee to look at options of how to generate the needed funding to replace two fire stations and update others.

Work will continue to move forward on a city drainage project to help eliminate the type of flooding that occurred over the last decade that left a path of destruction in its wake.

On Tuesday, Jan. 24, the Sedona City Council approved a public infrastructure cost-sharing agreement with Tlaquepaque and Los Abrigados, through resolution. These agreements are for the construction of the Brewer Road/Tlaquepaque Drainage Improvements Project. The agreements will allow project funding of $250,000 from each of the two partners, and the balance of approximately $1.5 million from the city for the construction work that is budgeted for the current and following fiscal year.

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