Verde Valley Town Hall

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Description & Goals

Verde Valley Land Use: Making Collaborative Decisions

Saturday November 9th, 2019  Rimrock AZ

This Town Hall Forum on land use designed to explore the pressing issues impacting the region and its communities, in order to build informed consensus for action.  Professionally produced by Arizona Town Hall, the day will be facilitated by retired judge Pat Norris.

Town Hall Process  The event is designed in a fast-pace, one-day format. Stakeholders from the Verde Valley region will convene to discuss significant aspects of the topic, share experiences, and formulate recommendations for an action plan to address identified needs and enhancements.

A cross-section of selected participants will include community leaders, developers, business leaders, government staff, elected officials, educators and residents from the five municipalities and the five other census designated places that comprise the Verde Valley region.

The format will emulate the highly successful model developed by the Arizona Town Hall (AZTH).

Two weeks prior to the event, participants will receive a background report giving them a common base of knowledge for their small group discussions.

The event kicks off with a speaker setting the stage for discussions on the topic. Participants then break out to assigned tables to address each of the discussion topics. Each table has a moderator to steer discussion, and a recorder to write down points of consideration. Discussion highlights and conclusions are consolidated by a Report Writing Team into a Forum Report.

The forum wraps up with a discussion session in which participants develop goals and action plans for implementation in their respective communities.

Forum Report          After the Forum, a team of writers and editors will polish the group reports into a final report that is published and distributed to the regional media and libraries, as well as agencies and organizations that have a role and/or responsibility for development concerns.

Activation in the Communities   In the weeks following the event, outreach sessions will be conducted to share the Town Hall Forum results with citizens and leaders throughout the region, including:  Camp Verde, Cottonwood, Clarkdale-Jerome and Sedona, as well as the unincorporated communities of Big Park (Village of Oak Creek), Cornville-Page Springs-Verde Santa Fe, Verde Villages, Lake Montezuma-Rock and the Yavapai Apache Nation.

Past forums in our region have resulted in the establishment of new organizations that now serve our region in important ways. Examples: formation of Friends of the Forest, Action Coalition for Transportation Solutions, and the Verde Valley Regional Economic Organization; incorporation of the City of Sedona; establishment of the Sedona Youth Center; creation of the City of Sedona Arts and Cultural Department. A forum in 2002 resulted in the collaborative effort of all five municipalities and Yavapai County in developing an Open Space Plan for the Verde Valley Region and the creation of 1he Verde Valley Land Preservation Institute.

If you are interested in participating in this forum, please call or email the event coordinator, Camille Cox,  805-391-0378.

Cost   The registration fee of $25 includes materials, continental breakfast, lunch and beverages throughout the day.

Critical Dates

Registration Deadline         Sept 20th
Table Chair and Recorder Training     November 8th  3:30-5pm  Rimrock Community Center (located on the Beaver Creek School campus)
Town Hall Forum    November 9th  8am – 5pm  Rimrock Community Center (located on the Beaver Creek School campus). Refreshments and lunch provided.

Learn More / Apply

Contact: Camille Cox, Event Coordinator   805-391-0378 
Town Hall Prospectus (PDF download)
Participant Application (PDF download)


The Town Hall Forum on Managing Future Growth is produced by the Town Hall Task Force, part of Verde Valley Land Preservation Institute. Many generous supporters have provided funding to make this event possible.

Sedona Chamber of Commerce
Sedona Village Partnership
Keep Sedona Beautiful
DragonFly Fund
Beaver Creek School, Karin Ward, Superintendent & CFO
Verde Valley Land Preservation Institute