The Arizona State Legislature and city governments don’t always see eye to eye — and this year is no exception.

During the Feb. 14, Sedona City Council meeting, City Attorney Robert Pickels gave an update on some of the bills before state legislators that may impact Sedona. To date, more than 1,050 bills have been introduced.

One of the items was House Bill 2116, which was introduced by Rep. Bob Thorpe [R-District 6] and co-sponsored by Rep. Brenda Barton [R-District 6]. It came at the request of the city of Sedona to clarify the zoning area within which property owners adjacent to an area subject to a rezoning application may protest. An amendment will be offered in the Senate which will include the subject property in the definition of a zoning area.

Motorists driving in Uptown this weekend should be prepared to see a few changes.

The city announced this week that the Public Works and Sedona Police departments are coordinating to ensure business access and traffic safety on State Route 89A through the Uptown area for Presidents Day. This is part of the ongoing transportation master plan to find ways to help traffic flows, especially during busy weekends or periods of the year.

How do you prohibit trail-goers from parking in front of one’s house while at the same time allowing homeowners and their guests to do just that?

This was a question city of Sedona staff faced in regard to parking in the Rim Shadows area, which is adjacent to a popular trailhead off Soldier Pass Road. The end result — residential parking permits.

The Sedona City Council voted unanimously to move forward with this approach during its Tuesday, Feb. 14, meeting.

A lot has changed in Sedona over the last 20 years but one thing that hasn’t seen much change is the city’s sign code.

That will soon change.

Being it was last updated two decades ago, the process is expected to be long and tedious. That was proven true as the Sedona Planning and Zoning Commission discussed the issue for three hours on Feb. 7, and got only halfway through staff’s presentation. A second P&Z meeting on the topic will take place on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 3:30 p.m. in the Vultee Room at City Hall. A final draft of the updated sign code will need  City Council approval.

The city of Sedona is one of several dozen entities throughout the state that have filed paperwork to intervene in regard to Arizona Public Service’s first rate hike in five years.

Sedona’s intervention mostly surrounds proposed fees for those who opted out of having a smart meter nearly three years ago.

For now, things are in a bit of a holding pattern.

When David McGill accepted the job as Sedona’s newest police chief, he knew there would be an adjustment period. And not just because he exchanged sand and surf for red rocks and mountains but mostly because it’s never easy being the new guy.

“It’s been simply outstanding,” he said of the past month. “My head is spinning a bit, though, as I’m still getting to know everyone in the department and within the community. But everyone has been so welcoming. I could not be happier with how things have gone so far.”

It’s now been a month since short-term vacation rentals have been officially legal in Sedona, even though the practice had been going on illegally for years.

City officials are in a wait-and-see mode as to the potential impact the law — formerly known as Senate Bill 1350 and is now codified as Arizona Revised Statute §9-500.39 — may have in Sedona.

The city of Sedona is in the early stages of developing 13 community focus areas throughout town. And while it may not be as visible as many of the others, the Schnebly Hill CFA is being looked upon as one of the most important on the list.

The Sedona City Council was given its first glimpse of this CFA, which comes on the heels of those completed for the Western Gateway and Soldier’s Pass. Staff gave a two-hour presentation to council on Jan. 25, and will be back before them on Feb. 15 for the second half of the presentation.

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