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7:49 PM Sun, Dec. 09th

Supervisors to mull pact involving 89A interchange

On Monday, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will discuss an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with the City of Prescott for the Side Road/Highway 89A traffic interchange.

According to the IGA, the city would design and construct the Side Road traffic interchange, and the county would contribute $1.5 million toward construction.

County Administrator Jim Holst said the county is a voluntary contributor to the project.

"The county is only participating with money," Holst said.

Public Works Director Richard Straub said Prescott officials have completed a study on all the proposed interchanges on Highway 89A in relation to anticipated growth in the area. He said the IGA provides for giving the city money when it is ready to build the interchange, and it states that the interchange must go up within four years.

Straub said an IGA between the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and the county defined financing responsibility for traffic interchanges along Highway 89A. It states that local governments are responsible for the costs of the Side Road interchange.

Straub noted that when the county was responsible for Side Road, officials negotiated an agreement with Country Dells developers to pay $250,000 toward the Side Road interchange. He said a lawsuit between the city and the developer resulted in the city paying for the interchange.

"The original concept discussed with the Board of Supervisors was that developers would pay their fair share of the interchange costs," Straub said.

The board also will consider adopting an amendment to the Yavapai County Zoning Ordinance that would eliminate all references to rural and urban, or urbanized areas in the zoning ordinance. The adoption of the amendment would result in building codes being countywide.

The Yavapai Planning and Zoning Commission conducted two public hearings focusing on the amendment, and on May 4 voted unanimously to recommend approval.

The Board of Supervisors will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Yavapai County Administrative Services Verde Valley Complex, 10 South Sixth St., in Cottonwood.

The meeting is open to the public.