It’s been nearly two decades since the Sedona’s Land Development Code went in for a much-needed tune up. But that will soon change.

The city has contracted with the consulting team of Clarion Associates to overhaul the 20-year-old LDC. Over the next 18 months, Clarion will work with the city, stakeholders and the public to draft a revised version of the code.

If this was a football game, it would be coming up on halftime.

The city of Sedona has hit the halfway point of its $250,000 transportation master plan, which is an attempt to find ways to reduce traffic in the area. Representatives from the consulting firm of Kimley-Horn appeared before the Sedona City Council on Wednesday, Nov. 9, to give a six-month update on the progress of the study, which is expected to be done in May.

“This is an opportunity to share with you what we’ve been working on the last six or seven months,” Assistant City Manager Karen Osburn said. “It’s not an opportunity to talk about solutions or conclusions. We are still in the preliminary phases.

While Sedona is in the midst of a year-long transportation master plan, the Arizona Department of Transportation is wrapping up one of its own.

One of the ways ADOT looks to the future is through its What Moves You Arizona campaign that features its the Long-Range Transportation Plan that’s updated every five years. Part of this process includes an online survey that the public is encouraged to fill out. It will be up until Friday, Nov. 11.

Following more than two years of delays, the Uptown pedestrian walkway project is finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

The project, which carries a final price tag of $1.05 million, is nearing completion and will be in full use by the first of the year, Sedona Engineering Supervisor Stephen Craver said. Work will be done on the project itself in early December but additional work to the Wayside Chapel’s entryway will delay pedestrian use until early January. It was also agreed upon that this work would be completed prior to the installation of parking meters in Uptown, which is slated to take place in June.

It was a bit of he said, she said during a recent City Council meeting regarding the next phase of a multi-million drainage project.

During the Oct. 25 Sedona City Council meeting, city staff was requesting direction regarding a proposal from Tlaquepaque for a cost-share reduction from $250,000 to $150,000 for the Soldier Wash Phase 4 Drainage Improvements. In the end, council decided to not take action on the matter and instead, discuss it at a later date.

The city of Sedona’s $250,000 transportation master plan recently hit the half-year mark but still has another six months to go before its projected completion date.

In the meantime, representatives from the Phoenix firm of Kimley-Horn will give the Sedona City Council a second update on their progress at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at City Hall.

“During the update the consultant will review what has been done in the first six months of the master planning process, including sharing some preliminary findings; will allow the council an opportunity to ask questions; and will discuss next steps including future public outreach efforts,” Assistant City Manager Karen Osburn said.

The former Sedona Racquet Club has sat abandoned and in disrepair while being an eyesore to those who live near it for years. But that will soon change.

The Sedona City Council voted unanimously on Oct. 26, in favor of a Major Community Plan Amendment as well as a zone change for the property from office professional to single-family residential. Vice Mayor Jon Martinez recused himself from the discussion since he has a financial interest in the project.

The 4.43 acres in question sits southeast of the intersection of Racquet Road and Foothills South Drive. The plan is to turn the existing abandoned tennis courts and adjoining property into nine residential lots. The zoning now becomes the same as the existing Foothills South subdivision.

A Sedona Fire District firefighter had to be treated for second-degree burns following an incident at one of the area’s fire stations.

According to Fire Marshal Gary Johnson on Thursday, Oct. 27, at approximately 8:30 p.m. crews responded to a reported structure fire at SFD Station No. 5, which is located in Oak Creek Canyon just north of Indian Gardens. Emergency crews located a fire on the back patio of the building, involving a portable barbecue, which had been extinguished by a station crew member.

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