A small group of dedicated Star Valley residents began the long journey to develop a general plan for the community Thursday night.
Eight Star Valley residents, including two members of town council, met at the Lamplighter RV Resort Clubhouse to go over the process of creating a general plan, which the state requires all incorporated communities of 2,500 or more to have. The Central Arizona Council of Governments and its representatives Peter Armenta and Heather Patel assisted the group.
The "Community Planning Team" is charged with creating a working plan to guide the town's growth and development. This will be accomplished through a series of public meetings to be held through the summer. The committee will be an advisory group to the town council, which has the ultimate responsibility of approving the general plan.
Once the plan is written between October 2007 and March 2008, the public will have an opportunity to review it and have their questions and concerns addressed in two different hearings. The planning and zoning commission will hold the first hearing, with the council holding the second.
In communities larger than Star Valley, the plan must be approved by a vote of the people, but because of its small size, the council will adopt or reject the guidelines.
The plan can contain as many elements as the committee and council desires, but it must address land use and transportation, Armenta said.
The next meeting, the first where the public is welcome, will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at the Lamplighter clubhouse.
Additional details on the first meeting of the General Plan's Community Planning Team will be in the Tuesday edition of the Roundup.
The committee members are council members, Mary Ann Kotelnicki and Bill Heath, and residents, Sarah Luckie, Diane McDaniel, Glen McCombs, Ray Lyons, Nathalie Stroup and Del Newland.