eNews 8/19/2020 – Tax & Zoning News

Beaver Creek eNews

August 19, 2020

Dear Neighbors

We are still receiving tax questions. The Yavapai County 2019/2020 tax rate had an increase of 13% which when including a 5% increase in most property valuations equaled an 18% increase. For 2020/21 there is a decrease of about 4% in the County rate which when added to the increased valuation is approximately no change for this fiscal year. The Calendar Crew is referring any further questions on this to Yavapai County.

This week’s immanent concern for many was the request from the Borowski’s for the City of Cottonwood to annex Spring Creek Ranch. Yesterday the Cottonwood City Council voted unanimously for staff to proceed with the annexation of the 280 acres of Spring Creek Ranch and 11 square miles of Coconino National Forest. Lisa Borowski representing herself and her father assured the Council that they would approve the annexation. 

The Beaver Creek Community Association letter of opposition submitted to the council and notes from that meeting follow.
. . . . the calendar crew
 BCCA Notes from Cottonwood City Council Meeting
 6 PM August 18

Mayor Tim Elinski conducted the meeting. He was very courteous and respectful of all and that set the over all tone of the meeting. It is suggested that members of the community play the recording of the meeting to get all the detailed information on the annexation and the thoughts of the council members. The request for annexation is item 3 under New Business. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2muQjfZil5A&list=PLE7BE2D4DD5A204C3&index=2&t=0s
In order to annex Spring Creek Ranch, Cottonwood also must annex 11 square miles of Coconino National Forest. An interest was shown in also annexing the adjacent BLM lands, but that was not considered possible at this time.

Mayor Elinski stated that they had received 129 letters of opposition and 1 letter in favor of annexation but opposed to the development. Generally, the council members showed interest in annexation but unfavorable impressions of the Borowski plan for development. Ms Borowski was asked if she still would approve annexation given the concerns of the council. She said that she would approve annexation and that one of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors had suggested that she go to the Cottonwood Council. She stated the Yavapai County Planning & Zoning may not be able to hear the request for rezoning until November. It was unclear if she intended to pursue both the County and City rezoning processes.

The staff explained that annexation would be almost a year long process from this date and that there would be future public comment opportunities. The Mayor felt that Cottonwood had more planners and services and that the public would be better served by Cottonwood handling the rezoning and some utilities for the Spring Creek Ranch development and protection of environmental resources. He observed that Cottonwood can reclaim 70% of its wastewater. After discussion, the council voted unanimously to request the staff to move forward with the annexation.

Mayor Elinski noted that Cottonwood, Sedona, Jerome, Yavapai County, Clarkdale, and Camp Verde were working together on affordable housing. He also stated that the Verde Front was working on a regional plan.

BCCA notes that representatives from the unincorporated associations have not been included in these discussions. Not only will we be affected by decisions made, but we also have good suggestions to offer. The populations of Beaver Creek, Cornville and Big Park together are greater than that of Cottonwood and deserve to be heard as do other unincorporated areas large and small.

Respectfully submitted,
Janet Aniol
 
Date: August 18, 2020
To:       Cottonwood City Council
            Cottonwood City Staff
From: Beaver Creek Community Association (Rimrock, Lake Montezuma, McGuireville)
Re:     Borowski Request for Cottonwood Annexation of Spring Creek Ranch
 
Dear Neighbors,
 
It is disappointing to us that the unincorporated communities have not been directly asked for input on a major land use change which will affect the whole Verde Valley. Such potential major density changes may negatively affect quality of life, adversely increase road traffic, create excessive impact on riparian areas and lead to ground water depletion issues.
 
We oppose the request for annexation of Spring Creek Ranch by Cottonwood. This is not the answer to your need for affordable housing and in fact will exacerbate that problem.
 
Please meet with representatives from the unincorporated communities. We have information and experiences to share and some of the best minds in the Verde Valley. We urge you to take no action without discussing this further and including us. We do have some good ideas about how to provide affordable housing.
 
Respectfully,
 
Janet Aniol, president
Beaver Creek Community Association (BCCA) Board
Sharon Olsen, vice-president
Nancy Rowland, secretary
Bob Burke, treasurer
Mike Nelson, director
Jim Andrus, director
John Kalember, director
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Tax Rates Approved 8/17/2020

Beaver Creek eNews

August 17, 2020

Dear Neighbors

This morning the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors approved and adopted the 20/21 Tax Rates.
Most of the tax rates are lower than last year.  This likely reflects the increase in property valuations from last year.
The Yavapai County rate for this fiscal year will be 2.8201 vs 2.9472 last year.  The Yavapai College rate will be 1.6891 vs 1.8408 last year.  For Beaver Creek School the general + bond service rate will be 5.1056 this year vs 5.2438 last year.  The Copper Canyon Fire & Medical rate will be 3.25.  Last year Montezuma Rimrock and Camp Verde Fire Districts had separate rates.
The break down for Yavapai County is:
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Candidates for District 2 Answer Beaver Creek Questions

Six candidates are running for Yavapai County’s District 2 Supervisor’s position.
BCCA Board members got together last month to compile a list of questions that relate to our community of Beaver Creek. We’ll be posting the responses as they come in . . . Watch this space so that you can make an informed decision about our next Yavapai County supervisor.
Brandi Bateman
Responses
Wiley Cline
Responses
James Gregory
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Jodi Rooney
Responses

Local Closings and Transportation Update 3/30/2020

Dear Neighbors
Posted by Keith Leaman
Today our governor announced that public and charter school districts would remain closed through the end of the semester. He also announced a statewide Stay-at-Home executive order which will be in effect at least through April 30. Essential services for groceries and medicine are exempt from this. Restaurants may continue to offer take out. Many other services that are transportation related, social or medical service related, infrastructure and/or production related are also exempt. He recommends enjoying the outdoors at a safe social distance from others. This order goes into effect Tuesday at 5 PM.
This week we are fortunate to still have three local restaurants offering cooked meals for take-out: Robbie’s, 592-9191, El Patio, 592-0340, and Thai Garden, 592-9117. X Marks the Spot still has fresh food available, 567-4225. Our auto services, three gas stations w/minimarts, and Dollar stores remain open. Montezuma Dental is open for emergencies only. Canyon Medical is offering telemed and phone appointments and considering other. Please practice distancing at these venues while helping some of our small businesses stay afloat.
Yavapai Apache Transit, Cottonwood Area Transit and Beaver Creek Transit are all still running. CAT services are free during the COVID-19 outbreak, YAT is $1.25, and BC Transit is free although donations are gratefully accepted. BC Transit provides rides throughout the Verde Valley for food, medical and banking. Seniors and those with disabilities have priority and we take others as driver availability permits. We p/u prescriptions from area pharmacies, p/u orders from Walmart, and both deliver food bags and drive residents to food banks.
BCT is driving every Tuesday and Friday late afternoon to the Food Share in Camp Verde with rider pickups starting at 3:30 PM or will gladly p/u and deliver a food bag for those who have no transportation or need to stay home. First come first served, 301-2749. Multiple vehicles can be sent. The free local shuttle runs every Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM stopping near the YAT signs. Beaver Creek Transit will also take local residents who need a lift to the nearest YAT stop during the week.
 And how’s the Census going? So far only 25% of Arizona households have completed it. “Everyone can complete the Census at https://my2020census.gov/. Ten Questions, Ten Minutes. Completely Confidential and 100% Secure.” Although self-response has been extended to August 14, please get it done now. No need to wait.
Important resources:
  • Beth Franklin, 928-567-4034, Beaver Creek Library Coordinator, recommends trying out Ancestry for an interesting project while you are at home. Yavapai County Free Library District has made this program free to the public. Find it at www.ycfld.org .
  • Karin Ward, Beaver Creek School Superintendent, forwards that Suddenlink is offering to provide free Internet services for students for 60 days at locations that it serves. Families can call 1-800-251-7313 to talk to a representative. It should take about 5-7 days to establish the connection.
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Food Share Pick Up Information
 
Bread of Life Food Share: Tuesdays & Fridays 4:30 PM to 6 PM at 51 E Holloman St, Camp Verde. This is a drive-thru service. Please use the entry route across from ACE Hardware. A map is below.
Cancelled Monday, 3/23: The Bread of Life Pop Up Food Share is from 9:45 to 10:45 AM at Beaver Creek Baptist Church, 3705 E Beaver Creek Rd, in Rimrock behind the Rimrock Post Office.
7th Day Adventist Church Food Bank: Every Wednesday from 9:30 AM to Noon at 1406 N Boothill Dr in Camp Verde.
Kiwanis Clothes Closet Food Share: Every Wednesday from 12:30 to 1:30 PM in front of shop at 3095 E Beaver Creek Rd in Rimrock.
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Golf Course Properties Update 3/10/2020

Dear Neighbors
 
This is a quick report of the BCCA meeting presentation from Doug and Patti Edgelow representing Equus Lake Montezuma, LLC.  Equus LM is the owner that let the option to purchase the Beaver Creek Golf Resort LLC properties (golf course and Ranch House Restaurant) die in escrow last month.
When the golf course was sold in 2004, ten parcels were removed from the golf course property and replatted with town home/condo lots. There are now 137 lots that are theoretically available for building however some are partially under water and likely will not be used for housing.
Mr Edgelow shared that Equus LM owns 33 lots around Lake Montezuma and is in the process of buying lots in another parcel. The nine lots on the south side of the lake, we understand will not be built on and will be utilized for non-motorized public recreation, perhaps installing a dock there. He plans to build on most but not all the 24 lots on the north side of the lake, probably 19-20 units. He had some conceptual drawings but no specific building plans. Septic regulations have changed since 2004.  He is in the process of working with ADEQ for permission to use a group septic system.  He does not anticipate completing this process and starting to build before the end of the year.
The focus of his presentation was that Equus LM is still interested in purchasing the Beaver Creek Golf Resort. However, his business partners wish to know that the general community is in support of their plans and that the water rights are confirmed. The group does not want to build a golf course.  Equus want to use the golf course property for agriculture which would include a vineyard and an orchard.  In the area of the maintenance shed, a 50-unit boutique hotel would be built (already zoned for this) and a tasting room would be operated in the old Pro Shop.  A zoning amendment is required for the agricultural use of the property since it has a zoning stipulation as a golf course. Equus and their partners want to know that the community is supportive of the change to agricultural zoning before finalizing the property purchase.
BCCA is arranging a community meeting so that residents can receive more information and ask questions. We may hold off a bit while the Edgelows put together some more specific information.
on behalf of the Beaver Creek Community Association Board
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PPE Meeting Rescheduled to 12/16/2019

Dear Neighbors
Rimrock Properties LLC has requested a change to their proposed rezoning request for the Primrose Peaks Estates. Leah Brock, Planner II, at Yavapai County Development Services has sent out information and has requested that the Rimrock Properties LLC Owner’s Agent, Larry Cepek, provide an additional mailing and a meeting for public participation on the change.  He has done so.
This meeting has been rescheduled by Rimrock Properties LLC’s agent to 6 PM on December 16 in the Beaver Creek School multipurpose room (cafetorium). The purpose is to get comments and concerns limited to the entrance location change from Bice Road to the extension of Brocket Ranch Road. The meeting will be limited to one hour, and comments limited to the proposed entrance location change.
Written comment forms for all attending will be provided.  In addition, comments may be made via email or by phoning Mr Cepek as indicated in his letter.
Click here for more links… to the revised PAD map, the letter sent to residents within 1000 feet from  Rimrock Properties LLC, the original PAD plan, and to BCCA’s response to the initial technical review.
Here is further information provided by Development Services:
This revised site plan consists of:
1. Deleting the Bice Road entrance.
2. Adding the general location of the  Brocket Ranch Road extension onto the vicinity map, as well its location at the south center of this property.
3. Changing the west end of project roads, as well as relocating three 6 unit buildings.
4. We will now have the right to easements to hook up to Arizona Water Company. The water system information on the plan is changed to reflect that.
The applicant has provided the following comments:
“Our traffic engineer is working on a revised TIA.  He believes there will be little change.  The intersection of Brocket Ranch Road and Beaver Creek road will need to upgraded to reflect the TIA, as well as Yavapai County Public Works design requirements. 
 
The owners of the property upon which the Brocket Ranch Road extension will be located want to dedicate the right of way to the county. This will require locating the actual ROW to best match the existing terrain.  To match the existing terrain will require both engineering design and boundary surveying.  This work is unlikely to be completed before any rezoning is approved.  Therefore, a stipulation may be needed.”
 
Hoping that this provides useful information,
. . . . . the calendar crew  
Constructive Solutions, Inc.
PO Box 216
Sedona , AZ 86339
928-300-4641
larry.cepek.csi@gmail.com
November 22, 2019
Primrose Peaks Estates Entrance Change
Dear Neighbors:
The entrance to the project has been changed from Bice Road to Brocket Ranch Road. Therefore we request you evaluate the new change and notify me of any concerns you may have regarding this change.
 
As stated in our original letter to you, there is a shortage of affordable workforce housing in the Verde Valley. Rimrock Partners, LLC of the Village of Oak Creek is proposing a project located north of Beaver Creek Road and Brocket Ranch Road Intersection to address that shortage. Main access to the property will be off of Brocket Ranch Road extended northward. The proposed project will provide, on approximately half of the 46.72 acres of undeveloped land, affordable workforce and retirement rental housing. The northerly portion of the site along I-17 will remain open space, with development on the southerly portion of the site. It is proposed over time to build 64 studio units, 64 one bedroom units, 102 two bedroom townhouses, and 72 three bedroom townhomes, for a total of 302 housing units, The project will require county re-zoning to a Planned Area Development.
Amenities will include fenced raised gardens, covered open shelters with picnic tables, fenced small swimming pool, multi-purpose building and playgrounds. A perimeter walking trail is part of the plans. Over half of the property will be open space. Wastewater will be treated to Class A effluent, and disposed of on-site using shallow subsurface drip lines to irrigate landscaping. Arizona Water Company will supply drinking water.
To rebut a false rumor, the project will NOT be government housing for the homeless. The project will provide affordable rented homes for persons such as teachers, government workers, construction workers, clerical workers, and health care professionals, as well as, retired persons.
Your comments and/or concerns about the location change are valuable to both Yavapai County and us. You are invited to call me or send me a letter or an email. Also,
NOTE: The meeting has been rescheduled to 12/16/2019 at Beaver Creek School, at 6pm.
a meeting will be held at the Beaver Creek Adult Center at 4250 E. Zuni Way, Rimrock, Arizona 86335 on Monday, December 9, 2019 at 6 PM 
and invite you to attend. Comments and concerns will be limited to the entrance location change from Bice Road to Brocket Ranch Road.
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Sincerely,
Larry Cepek
Owner’s Agent and Project Engineer
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Primrose Peaks PAD Change Request 11/22/2019

Leah Brock, the Planner for Yavapai County Development Services  who is our contact for the Primrose Peaks PAD zoning request, has written us that the developers, Rimrock Partners, LLC,  have submitted an updated Site Plan to reflect using a Brocket Ranch Road extension as the main entrance, rather than the original entrance plan extending off of Bice Road.  PAD stands for “Planned Area Development” and refers to the plans submitted by a developer when asking for a zoning change from the County. Here is a link to the revised PAD.  You can see the change clearly by looking at the small inset map in the upper left-hand corner of the diagram. This is the letter sent to residents within 1000 feet asking for Citizen Participation comments.

For comparison, the original PAD Plan is here. This is the link to BCCA’s response to the initial technical review.