Clarion is working with the City of Sedona to update their 20-year-old land development code (LDC). The project began in late 2016 with an analysis of the current LDC as well as an annotated outline that describes how the new regulations could be restructured. The code is currently being rewritten in a series of three parts, with a strong emphasis on implementing the Sedona Community Plan. First, the districts and uses are being redesigned to be more user-friendly and to create opportunities for mixed-use.
Next, the development standards are being overhauled to raise the bar for quality development and to clarify the current complex design standards, including integration of the city’s design review manual – in many cases turning guidelines into regulations. The final part will address the administration and procedures, including a more streamlined approach to development review of site plans and conditional uses. Following all three parts, Clarion will prepare a consolidated draft to be carried forward through adoption. Final adoption is expected in late 2018.