Williamson Valley News
Don Braun Appointed to WVCO Board
The WVCO Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Don Braun, a Williamson valley resident since 2014, has been appointed to fill the previously vacant seat on the Board of Directors. Don brings with him a broad knowledge of organizational skills and a strong background in law enforcement. All of the members of the Board of Directors will be up for election at the WVCO Annual Meeting on February 23rd which will be conducted on-line using the Zoom Meeting platform. Two existing Board Members have indicated they do not wish to run for office this year and WVCO Members are encouraged to consider serving their community in these positions as well as other organization positions which need volunteers.
County Community Planning
The County has announced that effort on updating the County Community Plan to meet the required 2022 revision requirement has started. The Board of Supervisors has rescinded the action taken over 10 years ago to stop accepting formal planning documentation from individual communities and is now asking for involvement at the local level. The first step will be for each interested community to participate in developing a Community Vision Statement with the assistance of the Development Services department.
Williamson Valley has been invited to participate in this project and the WVCO is planning on serving as an information clearing house for guidance and direction provided by the County. It is anticipated that WVCO will provide coordination assistance to Valley residents and businesses Interested in participating.
Development Services has scheduled a series of Webex-based on-line presentations and meetings. WVCO will announce these meetings to those who are interested and willing to assist in this project. It could be one of the most important efforts residents and land owners can be involved in to determine the future direction of the Valley.
A Work Group has been organized to help make sure everyone interested is kept informed and given a chance to participate. WVCO is supporting a special email Reflector allowing public discussion, and is holding Zoom-based meetings in support of this effort. A special section of the Williamson Valley Website will be dedicated to the planning project.
Everyone interested in participating is requested to send an email to Planning@WilliamsonValley.org providing your contact information. It is important that you attend the County Webex presentations starting in early December.
Please contact your neighbors and make sure they are aware of this effort. Encourage them to get involved. Membership in WVCO is not a requirement
Stringfield Proposed Development
The level of community interest in this proposed project has been minimal and the WVCO Board has agreed to not take a position at this time.
The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors approved the Zoning Change Request which would allow the developer to propose a Planning Area Development which is currently described as 340 residential units. There are stipulations attached to the approval which require authorization to access the land over what is currently State Trust Land, and provisions for water and sewer utilities to be provided by the City of Prescott.
The developer has indicated an intention to form a Water Improvement District to manage the water and sewer services. This supposedly would allow an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) to be negotiated with the City of Prescott. The formation of this District is on the County Board of Supervisors meeting Agenda for December 16th as a no Hearing action item.
When the State Trust Land Trustee made a presentation to the Prescott City Council she indicated the State did not consider it in their best interest to split up their parcel. It is also not clear how the City can justify under current policy the provision of services outside City Limits even if a Water District is established.
The level of local area interest in this development is not obvious since the local property owner involvement in the P&Z Commission Hearing and the Board of Supervisors Hearing was minimal. The major outstanding concern appears to be the failure to consider possible flood control issues resulting from the development of this property. The County has assured local residents that a complete flood control study will be performed when the developer applies for the Planned Area Development.