Kachina Village Area Plan update

FLAGSTAFF - The Coconino County Board of Supervisors recently appointed a seven-member citizens committee to update the Kachina Village Area Plan, which was originally adopted in 1997 as an amendment to the Coconino County Comprehensive Plan. The committee is made up of Kachina Village residents and property owners who will work with Community Development planning staff to update the goals and policies related to future development in their community.

Coconino County area plans are updated or amended periodically to address changing conditions and new issues, and are intended to be effective for approximately ten years.

The plan is a community-based document that was developed with much public input and participation in the mid-1990s.

It includes a vision statement reflecting the values of the community and addresses utilities, transportation, public safety, community facilities, housing, natural resources and land use. The area plan serves as a guide in the decision-making processes of the County Planning and Zoning Commission and Board of Supervisors in their review of development proposals. The vision statement describes a family-oriented community offering a wide range of housing styles and choices, a natural environment that is highly valued by its residents, and an appropriate level of services designed to serve the local community.

Since the adoption of the original plan, there have been many positive changes, including park and open space enhancements, road improvements, new home construction, and upgrades of many existing residences. In addition, the U.S. Forest Service implemented the Kachina Village Forest Health Project to restore ecosystem health and reduce the threat of wildfire to the community. The Highlands Fire District has measurably improved their emergency response capabilities and has implemented a fuels reduction program to make the community more fire-safe. The committee will work with these agencies, other agencies, and citizens to continue to move toward the desired future reflected by the plan's vision statement.

The committee meets on the first and third Thursday of every month, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Highlands Fire Station, 568 Kona Trail. The meetings are open to the public. The committee will solicit community input through a community survey, open houses and other public forums. A draft plan is expected to be completed in mid-2007, after which it will be presented in public hearings before the County Planning and Zoning Commission and Board of Supervisors prior to being adopted as an amendment to the Coconino County Comprehensive Plan.

For more information, contact Principal Planner John Aber at (928) 226-2700 or email jabber@coconino.az.gov.

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