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Supervisors, P&Z to discuss issues in joint session Monday

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors and Planning and Zoning Commission meet in joint session Monday to discuss open space and cluster development ordinances, general plan and zoning amendments, construction fees and permits, and an update on the county's smart growth rating.

The meeting is open to the public and starts at 9 a.m. in the county hearing room, 10 S. Sixth St., in Cottonwood.

A joint session offers an informal setting for supervisors and commissioners to discuss issues that may come before them in the future. This meeting is for discussion only and the board and commission do not vote or take action on agenda items.

A sustainable planning committee worked for more than a year writing a draft for an open space zoning ordinance amendment for single-family residential developments. The committee decided to propose two individual ordinance options - an open space and sustainable development option, and a cluster and open space option.

Developers would not be required to build according to either ordinance. The draft proposal reads that the purpose of the two options is to provide an alternative to lot splits, which the county presently exempts from subdivision regulations.

The open space proposal would offer incentives to developers that preserve open space and reduce building densities on hillsides and in floodways by allowing them to increase building densities in other areas of the subdivision.

Both ordinances would require that 40 percent of a development be preserved as open space.

The cluster option is similar to the open space, but it does not offer building incentives. Builders would establish a project's 40 percent open space based on formulas explained in the ordinances.

The maximum project size under both ordinances would be 640 acres.

Discussions about amending the county's general plan include writing an "Energy Element." The state requires counties with a population more than 125,000 to write an energy plan. Other talks include updating community plans for communities that the county already has written in its general plan.

The energy element would establish county policies and programs in order to incorporate energy conservation into its general plan. Counties with energy element plans are eligible for federal funding.

Land Use Manager Steve Mauk will discuss his proposal to amend four zoning ordinances:

• Allow persons to temporarily live in recreation vehicles on large land parcels.

• Allow Development Services staff to issue temporary permits for certain events without a public hearing.

• Develop a matrix showing what events would qualify for a staff-issued permit.

• Allow persons to live in a house trailer, also called park or mobile home trailers, as their primary dwelling in areas where manufactured homes are allowed.

Jack Judd, the county's chief building official, will discuss increasing building fees to bring them closer to the national average, and whether the county should adopt the 2009 International Building Codes.

The complete agenda is available for download at www.co.yavapai.az.us.

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