On November 13th, Holli and Kathy had a "community listening session" with a tremendous turnout and many great ideas were shared.
The audience was asked for thoughts, comments, and concerns in several topic areas. These are the items with the most comments, from most to least.
Traffic and Transit - This topic had the most written commentary, by far. There was overwhelming support for public transit, specifically electric transit, through the 179 corridor to the Village of Oak Creek. Some comments questioned the feasibility of transit based on previously unsuccessful attempts.
There were specific comments related to certain design aspects of “Sedona in Motion” projects, such as lane width and encroachment into pedestrian space (specifically the Uptown roundabout).
There were suggestions for pedestrian improvements, including benches and water stations; more traffic signals (Medical Center; a by-pass road from 179 to 89A above Uptown; “pedestrian only” zones in
Uptown; webcams in high-traffic areas like Cook’s Hill, the Y and other congestion hotspots; and higher priority given to infrastructure maintenance in residential areas.
Concern was also expressed about the potential for increased traffic related to proposed developments outside the city limits.
Parking issues also received significant commentary especially near popular trailheads as a cause of causing congestion on residential streets.
Workforce Housing - There was broad agreement that Sedona needs workforce housing. There was also concern about protecting people who face economic hardship, have physical or age related challenges, to maintain their current housing. Attendees support public-private partnerships and public investment to incentivize housing developments. At the same time, those gathered expressed concern that increased density as a tool for developing workforce housing would impact neighborhood character. A show of hands demonstrated this community split.
Short Term Rentals - There was general agreement that the city needs regulatory authority to limit the impact of investor developed short term rentals. This local control can only be granted by the state legislature. There was concern about the deterioration of neighborhoods, increased traffic and lack of long term rental housing linked to the proliferation of short term rentals.
Zoning and Budget - Blank sheets were also provided for topics not listed Two areas that garnered significant comment were zoning and budget. Those gathered felt strongly that the public have input on zoning issues. Comments stated clearly that participants want a public process that is inclusive and allows for their commentary. Preservation of neighborhood character and building height restrictions were dominate themes. On the issue of budget, it was clear from comments that participants want to reduce reliance on contracts for consultants and outside services.
Topics with fewer comments but equally important are as follows:
Environmental Stewardship - General concern about environment and climate crisis issues. Sedona specific suggestions included a wood chip drop, community garden, maintaining and increasing support for Sedona Recycles, lowering the City’s carbon footprint and more attention to trail conditions.
Recreation - Participants want greater investment for our adult community including an extended pool season. People and interesting suggestions regarding the Dog Park and the possibility of a Recreation/Community Center.
Arts and Culture - The audience supported increased financial investment for artist exhibition space, promotion of Sedona as an arts community, and greater involvement of the public in selection of public art.
Tourism - The audience was concerned about the continued promotion of Sedona as a tourist destination and the potential number of new hotel rooms to be added in the community.
Economic Diversity - Although there were not alot comments in this area, there was support expressed for programs that encourage economic diversity and less reliance on tourism as a dominant economic base. One participant highlighted the need to attract greater medical services to the area.
To summarize, there is much that unites us as a community. We also have more complex issues for which we need further discussion and solutions that work for the majority of residents.
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