By Ron Eland | Sedona Red Rock News
It was referred to as a housekeeping matter, but a proposed change to Yavapai County code has some concerned about the elimination of the public input process.
On Thursday, Feb. 6, the Yavapai County Planning and Zoning Commission chose to postpone any action on a matter to consider a text amendment to the Zoning Ordinance regarding religious institutions in sections 410 and 411 of the county building code. If approved, the code would be changed from “upon Conditional Use Permit approval” to “subject to development criteria” for religious institutions. This means matters would be handled at the staff level and would not come before a governing body.
“This is a housekeeping issue,” Development Services Director David Williams said. “It is part of the ongoing review of the zoning ordinance to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations as well as identifying regulations that need to be modernized.”