1st Half of February 2021 at City Hall

Updated: Feb 18

Before we jump into the meetings, two things. First, I want to emphasize how important it is for the City of Sierra Vista to receive your input on the Citywide Parks Master Plan. These parks have the power to bring people in our neighborhoods and community together. Thanks to the pandemic (and I write that sarcastically), we are seeing now more than ever before, how important in-person social interaction is. If we want our parks to be a place that brings Sierra Vistans from all walks of life together, then we need people of all ages and backgrounds to help direct how those parks will look. So please provide your comments and ideas by Friday, March 12, if you haven't already. Also, big thanks to those of you who took the time to provide feedback on the Veterans Memorial Park Master Plan!


Second, the council voted 5 -2 in favor of adopting an amendment to the City Code regarding marijuana establishments and prohibiting its use on public property. These changes will not be in effect until March 13, 2022. The exact changes made and how it will appear in the code can be read here.

Item 5 Ord
. 2021-002 Code Amendments - R
Download 2021-002 CODE AMENDMENTS - R • 6.30MB

After attending the Planning and Zoning meeting regarding this amendment, carefully reviewing the language myself, taking into consideration all of the comments we've received, and having two work sessions that led to good discussions with my fellow council members, I decided to vote in favor of the amendment for the following reasons:

  • While Prop 207 passed with 60% of the vote statewide, what I was more concerned about was how the people of Sierra Vista voted. After looking up the results in the General Election on our County website, I found that out of all the voters in Cochise County, when only looking at voters in Sierra Vista, 54% of them voted in favor of the prop.

  • The law is written to limit the number of active dispensaries in each county and statewide. Because of this and our local zoning buffers, the concern that a "marijuana district" would develop in Sierra Vista is not warranted.

  • The changes in the law will still affect us whether a marijuana establishment is present in Sierra Vista city limits or just outside the city limits, so we might as well benefit from the potential local sales tax revenue. This comes out to about $115,000 (in the 3rd year of operations) based on the methodology used by the Joint Legislative Budget Committee Staff on their Fiscal Analysis of Prop 207. This would be additional revenue to our general fund with no tax increase.

  • Cochise County has over 4,000 medical marijuana cardholders. I was unable to get a number specific to Sierra Vista, but I assume a fair number of those live in City limits. If only medical or dual marijuana establishments are allowed, we would be forcing our medical marijuana cardholders to leave Sierra Vista anytime they needed to buy more to manage pain, etc. This is because there are currently no more medical or dual licenses available statewide.

  • In a unanimous vote, the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval.

Work Session for Tuesday, February 9th

Agenda with video timestamps:

  1. Call to order - 3:00 p.m.

  2. Presentation and Discussion:

  3. February 9, 2021 Council Meeting Agenda Items: Call to Order Roll Call Invocation Pledge of Allegiance Item 1: Acceptance of the Agenda Awards and Presentations Presentation of Certificates of Appreciation for Outgoing Commissioners City Manager’s Report: Upcoming Meetings, Bid Openings, and Bid Awards Consent Agenda Item 2 Item 2.1 Approval of the Regular City Council Meeting Minutes of January 14, 2021 Item 2.2 Resolution 2021-008, Appointment of George N. Fisher, Jr. to the Planning and Zoning Commission Item 2.3 Resolution 2021-009, Appointment of Rachel Gray, Carolyn Umphrey, and Sarah Pacheco to the Sierra Vista Metropolitan Planning Organization Board of Directors Public Hearings Item 3 Resolution 2021–010, new license, limited liability-type of ownership for a Series 12 Liquor License for Martha Carrillo on behalf of 143 Street Tacos Carniceria LLC Item 4 Ordinance 2021-001, Proposed Text Amendment to Sierra Vista Development Code, Section 151.22.006, Matrix of Use Permissions by Zoning District, Manufactured Home Residence (MHR) District, to permit up to 30 percent of the total lots in a manufactured home subdivision to have recreational vehicles Item 5 Ordinance 2021-002, Amendments to Chapter 151 of the City Code of Ordinances, Section 151.02.004, Definitions, Section 151.06.005, Medical Marijuana Dispensary, and Section 151.22.006, Matrix of Use Permissions by Zoning Districts, and Declaring an Emergency New Business Item 6 Resolution 2021-011, Intergovernmental Agreement between the City of Sierra Vista and the Arizona Department of Transportation for Exchange of Crash Data Item 7 Resolution 2021-012, Arizona Department of Homeland Security-Operation Stonegarden Grant Call to the Public Comments and Requests of the Council Adjournment

  4. Discussion on the 2021 Legislative Agenda

  5. Council Executive Report

  6. Report on Recent Trips, Meetings, and Future Meetings

  7. Future Discussion Items and Council Requests

  8. COVID-19 Status Report

  9. Adjourn

City Council Meeting for Thursday, February 11th

Agenda with video timestamps:

Call to Order - 5:00 p.m.

Roll Call

Invocation

Pledge of Allegiance

Item 1 Acceptance of the Agenda

Awards and Presentations

Presentation of Certificates of Appreciation to Outgoing Commissioners

City Manager’s Report: Upcoming Meetings, Bid Openings and Bid Awards

Consent Agenda

Item 2

Item 2.1 Approval of the Regular City Council Meeting Minutes of January 14, 2021

Item 2.2 Resolution 2021-008, Appointment of George N. Fisher, Jr. to the Planning and Zoning Commission

Item 2.3 Resolution 2021-009, Appointment of Rachel Gray, Carolyn Umphrey and Sarah Pacheco to the Sierra Vista Metropolitan Planning Organization Board of Directors

Public Hearings

Item 3 Resolution 2021-010, Resolution 2021–010, new license, limited liability-type of ownership for a Series 12 Liquor License for Martha Carrillo on behalf of 143 Street Tacos Carniceria LLC

Item 4 Ordinance 2021-001, Proposed Text Amendment to Sierra Vista Development Code, Section 151.22.006, Matrix of Use Permissions by Zoning District, Manufactured Home Residence (MHR) District, to permit up to 30 percent of the total lots in a manufactured home subdivision to have recreational vehicles

Item 5 Ordinance 2021-002, Amendments to Chapters 130 and 151 of the City Code of Ordinances, Amending Sections 151.02.004, Definitions, 151.06.005, Medical Marijuana Dispensary, and 151.22.006, Matrix of Use Permissions by Zoning Districts and Adding Section 130.05, Marijuana Prohibited on Public Property

New Business

Item 6 Resolution 2021-011, Intergovernmental Agreement between the City of Sierra Vista and the Arizona Department of Transportation for Exchange of Crash Data

Item 7 Resolution 2021-012, Arizona Department of Homeland Security-Operation Stonegarden Grant

Call to the Public

Comments and Requests of the Council

Adjournment

Because our 2nd Work Session and 2nd Council Meeting in January were both canceled due to COVID-19, my new appointment to the board of the Sierra Vista Metropolitan Planning Organization (SVMPO) was not accepted by the council in time for the January 28th meeting. But I still made sure to attend and take notes.


I've also been added to the Upper San Pedro Partnership (USPP) as a primary member. Although I have attended USPP PAC meetings as an alternate in the past, it's been a long time since I've attended one of these meetings. While I know a lot more than I did two years ago, it's become clear to me that I still have so much to learn when it comes to the topic of water. For example, Karen Modesto with ADWR shared this report (PDF below) at the end of the meeting. And while there is so much information on it, I'm left with questions. This is something I will have to ask for education on as I am positively determined to better understand.

WLCMS No.10 - Upper San Pedro V2
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Download PDF • 3.99MB

It's been two years since the council's last strategic planning session, and the next one is scheduled for March 22, 23, and 24th. I can confidently say that I learned a lot from my first strategic planning retreat and I'm very much looking forward to my second one with my fellow council members next month.

You can download a copy of the FY 2020 - FY 2021 Strategic Leadership Plan here.


Hope you have a nice, long weekend! And please don't hesitate to reach out to me at Carolyn.Umphrey@SierraVistaAZ.gov with any comments or questions you may have.


Best,





This blog is written by Carolyn Umphrey and does not represent the views or opinions of the City of Sierra Vista or its City Council. For official information and news from the City of Sierra Vista go to SierraVistaAZ.gov and check out the weekly City e-newsletters for Feb. 5th and Feb. 12th. You can also learn about ways to get more involved and stay informed with City happenings at Engage Sierra Vista.


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