Arguments supporting or opposing a zoning decision Chino Valley Council members made last summer are being accepted regardless of whether they will ever be printed in an informational pamphlet for the town’s Special Election next March.
Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Robert Brutinel may still be deliberating on the judgment in a lawsuit filed against the Town of Chino Valley regarding a zoning decision council made.
But the public has less than a week to submit pro or con arguments for a referendum measure to be placed on the March 8 Special Election ballot asking voters to determine whether the zone change to 17 acres of property south of East Road 3½ North, 400 feet east of SR 89, should transpire.
Plans approved by Chino Valley Council members last July call for a KOA campground in the rezoned area. However, some nearby residents believe the zoning change would take away from the rural atmosphere of their neighborhood and have proceeded with a lawsuit against the town and a referendum drive against council’s 6-1 decision supporting the rezoning.
According to a news release from Town Clerk Jami Lewis:
“On Sept. 30, 2010, the Town notified the Referendum #REF 10-01 Petition organization that it would not accept the Petition for placement on the ballot because it had not been timely filed. This was subsequently challenged in Yavapai County Superior Court. As of the deadline to submit this news release, the Superior Court had not yet entered its decision on the challenge to the Town's action.
“Should the court determine that the measure qualifies for the ballot, citizens may submit an argument as outlined in the steps below. Should the court determine that the referendum does not qualify for the ballot; the Town will return any submittals made and refund any deposits. The Town will keep the public apprised of the status of this decision online at www.chinoaz.net under “What’s Happening.”
“Arguments for the voter pamphlet cannot exceed 300 words in length and must contain the original notarized signature of each person sponsoring it. The address and phone number for each signer must be on the argument, but will not be printed in the publicity pamphlet. If the argument is sponsored by an organization, it must be signed by two executive officers of the organization or, if sponsored by a political committee, it must be signed by the committee’s chairman or treasurer. “
An $80.00 payment also is required to get an argument into the ballot informational booklet to offset a portion of the cost of paper and printing the pamphlet, must accompany the submission of each argument.
The Town Clerk also encourages submitters to send the text of their argument electronically as well as in writing.
Arguments must be submitted by 5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec.8, at the Town of Chino Valley, Town Clerk’s Office, 1020 W. Palomino Road, Chino Valley, AZ 86323. For more information, call the Chino Valley Town Clerk at (928) 636-2646.