The classic novel “War and Peace” boasts 1,440 pages. The Sedona Land Development Code pales in comparison at a mere 600 pages. But still, it’s not exactly an easy read.

While there are no plans to decrease the length of “War and Peace,” the city of Sedona is in the process of reducing the latter.

It was an actual case of yelling out, “Stop the presses!”

The Sedona Fire District’s Governing Board had planned to voluntarily send an informational pamphlet to voters regarding the upcoming bond election, to be printed on Wednesday, Sept. 6.

First it was the U.S. Forest Service’s turn to discuss a 24-year access issue on private property near Poco Diablo Resort. Next up, it’s the Sedona City Council’s turn to revisit the topic.

Council has set aside two hours on Tuesday, Sept. 12 to discuss 27 acres purchased in 1993 by Bruce Tobias and Carol and Robert Flynn. Since the purchase, the property has been landlocked with access being denied by an adjacent development.

The Sedona Community Plan is the document that guides the city in its planning and what its residents expect from the government. And since the plan is approved just once every 10 years, any changes to it are a major undertaking.

By state law, Major Community Plan Amendments are considered once a year. For 2017, the city of Sedona is considering four separate requests, three submitted by applicants and one city-initiated request.

There’s good news and bad news. Which do you want first?

The good news is, the Sedona Dog Park, off Carruth Drive near the Posse Grounds Park, will soon receive much-needed improvements designed to make the experience better for people and their pets. The bad news is, the park will be closed during renovation.

It’s now been two months since the city of Sedona implemented paid parking meters along State Route 89A in Uptown.

And while there have been a few bumps along the way, the city is hoping to smooth things out as time goes on. The 101 paid parking spaces on Main Street became operational as of June 28.

The lack of affordable housing in Sedona is not a new issue but as more and more long-term rentals are becoming short term, city officials are concerned the issue will become even worse.

To address this problem, city staff is recommending a major amendment to the Sedona Community Plan, which would increase the number of multi-family dwellings allowed per acre within Sedona.

Like many communities, the city of Sedona places an emphasis on protecting and preserving its history via many avenues, including work done by the Sedona Historic Preservation Commission and through grants.

Earlier this summer the city of Sedona concluded dispersing funds to those historic landmarked properties that submitted eligible applications to participate in the 2016-17 Historic Preservation small grant program.

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