The Village of Oak Creek is working on a vision statement and plan


To thrive, a community needs a vision and a plan.

These are the first words that we see when browsing a site dedicated to the Village Plan 2022.

“Unlike incorporated areas, we don’t have the funding or staff to undertake the work necessary for our community vision statement and community plan. But we have extraordinarily capable and directly relevant time, treasure and talent in this community,” the website reads.

In late 2020, an ad hoc committee was formed through the Big Park Regional Coordinating Council to work with citizens and businesses to develop a community vision and plan. The committee is made up of 17 core members and over 35 contributing community members. As part of this initiative, residents were asked to complete a community-specific survey.

The purpose of the survey is to gather a broad sample of residents’ perspectives to compose a community vision statement that articulates a “resident’s view” on the unique and intrinsic characteristics of the community, a press release says. . This statement was requested by Yavapai County Development Services as part of its state-mandated 10-year comprehensive county plan update.

BPRCC Chairman Camille Cox said there are two parties in the county’s mission for what they call the 2032 Comprehensive Plan Update for Yavapai County. They call them the vision statement and the community plan.

Unincorporated communities are asked to address eight prescribed topics in the plan, which are the same ones the county is mandated to address in its comprehensive plan.

“The idea is that what comes from the communities will follow the overall plan,” she said.

The purpose of the first survey is to gather feedback for the vision statement. This is the first deliverable document requested by the county.

There will be additional surveys to gather feedback on 10 specific topical areas, based on research, discussions and drafts by the committee’s working groups. These topical areas are Land Use, Transportation, Environment, Water Resources, Open Spaces, Energy, Cost of Development, Growth Areas, Parks and Recreation, Schools , business and economics.

“Working groups do the background research and writing of their topic, submit drafts to the full committee for review, and ultimately a final draft is produced by consensus for community review and comment,” Cox said. .

“The survey data will be compiled, analyzed and communicated to the community. The draft vision statement and community plan will be reviewed with the community prior to finalization.

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