ELS Withdraws Ariz. Project After Local Opposition (2/7/2019)
Story by Woodall's Campground Management
Chicago, Ill.-based Equity Lifestyle Properties withdrew its application for a Yavapai County, Ariz., development that would have included 600 manufactured home sites and an additional 50 RV sites, according to the Sedona Red Rock News.
More than 300 people came out in opposition of the plan at a meeting on Jan. 17. Yavapai County Senior Planner Tammy DeWitt said she, along with other county officials, had never seen that kind of community support either for or against a project.
In that meeting, the commission voted 9-0 to not recommend the project to the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, which was set to hear the matter on Feb. 20.
“It was nice to see that the developer listened to the voice of the people and commission and withdrew their application,” Yavapai County District 3 Supervisor Randy Garrison said.
The biggest concerns of those opposed included traffic, no city services, character of the neighborhood, impact on the environment and view shed, workforce housing, age restrictions, ingress/egress during emergencies, density, fire concerns, flooding, lot size and decrease in neighboring property values — to name just a few.
While 300 people turned out for the meeting, that number paled in comparison to the number of emails and letters the county received in opposition over the last few months. DeWitt estimated the county received nearly 3,000 in all.
The development, adjacent to Sedona Pines and Sedona Shadows, proposed to rezone from its current zoning of residential single-family to planned area development. As proposed, this would have been a 55-and-older development. Under the current zoning 89 total homes could be built on the land. ELS owns and manages nearly 200 manufactured home and RV parks across the nation, including Sedona Shadows.
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