Few would argue that the lack of affordable housing to rent in Sedona is becoming more of a problem with every passing month.

High rental costs, more long-term rentals becoming short-term and the fact that only 4 percent of Sedona’s housing are apartments has city officials — as well as many business owners — concerned.

On Tuesday, Sept. 19, the Sedona Planning and Zoning Commission addressed this issue in two ways, both through requested major amendments to the Sedona Community Plan.

Many said it was the longest city meeting they could remember in many years.

The Tuesday, Sept. 19, Sedona Planning and Zoning Commission meeting ended just before 9 p.m. — five and a half hours after it started. The topic: Requests for four major community plan amendments, which by law can only be addressed once a year. Still, it’s rare to have four requests on the table at once.

Traffic. Nearly everyone agrees that it’s a problem that will only get worse with time. But the question is: How will it be addressed and who will be paying for it?

During a three-hour Sedona City Council meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 13, a solution may have been found.
For the last 10 months the Fiscal Sustainability Work Group has been meeting once or twice a month to discuss just that — fiscal sustainability.

Following several meetings in which the topic of signs has been discussed, city of Sedona staff feels it’s found the middle ground it’s been seeking to avoid an all-ornothing scenario.

On Tuesday, Sept. 12, the Sedona City Council was given yet another update on the revised sign code. While the majority of the code has met little resistance by council or the Planning and Zoning Commission, one part has — off-premises signs.

To pick B, C or D. Or not to pick B, C or D. That was the question.

The Sedona City Council was asked to give input into a long-standing issue of 27 landlocked acres across Oak Creek from Poco Diablo Resort. After nearly two hours of discussion, council gave direction to staff on Tuesday, Sept. 12, to pen a letter to the U.S. Forest Service listing its thoughts and concerns.

The public is invited to come and give its two cents regarding a proposed project on the former Biddle’s property. The six-acre parcel is located on State Route 89A across from Soldier Pass Road.

Robin and Curtis Baney, owners of the Oregon-based Oxford Suites hotel chain, are seeking a zone change in order to build The Village at Saddlerock Crossing. The Sedona Planning and Zoning Commission will be holding a public hearing on the matter on Thursday, Sept. 28, beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the Vultee Conference Room at City Hall.

Over the last several months, the city of Sedona has been experimenting in various ways to help reduce traffic around town.

Some of these experiments are included in the ongoing transportation master plan, which is coming to a close. The most recent test took place on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Tlaquepaque during its annual celebration.

The classic novel “War and Peace” boasts 1,440 pages. The Sedona Land Development Code pales in comparison at a mere 600 pages. But still, it’s not exactly an easy read.

While there are no plans to decrease the length of “War and Peace,” the city of Sedona is in the process of reducing the latter.

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