August 2010 - Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Gives Reprieve to Villas at Beaver Creek Subdivision Developers
On Monday morning 8/16/10 after a long wait while the Board of Supervisors met in executive session for legal consultation, a decision was announced on the proposed Abandonment of Plat for the Villas at Beaver Creek. Chairman Chip Davis explained that the plat would not be abandoned and the zoning would not be reverted.
Chairman Davis stated that the subdivision assurance bond of $1,326,412 must be in place with Yavapai County within six months. Also no building permits for the condos or hotel would be issued until the nine stipulations required by the Board at the time of the zoning change in 2004 are met. Interpretation of the stipulations and how compliance is to be measured are under review and need to be followed up.
Marilynn Henry and Gary Delisle presented petitions containing 312 signatures from Lake Montezuma and Rimrock area residents in favor of abandoning the plat and reverting the zoning. They spear-headed the quick collection of these signatures in less than a week. Other residents spoke in favor of the abandonment and asked the Board to consider the condition of the golf course and Ranch House Restaurant and promises that had been made to the residents by the developers but not kept.
In light of the final action, the comments from Kala Pearson, president of the Beaver Creek Regional Council, were particularly pertinent to future needs of the residents. She emphasized the need for careful attention to the health and safety of those living near these closed properties.
Complaints in regard to weeds, trash and other health and safety threats may be called in to the Yavapai County Land Use hot line at: (928) 771-3464. This can be done anonymously. However, if you leave your contact information, a follow up report will be mailed to you. Starting Monday, August 23, complaint forms will be available at the Beaver Creek Adult Center. Please call 567-4556 to make an appointment for help with the parcel information or complaint filings.
The following Bugle and Daily Courier articles provides good detailed coverage of the event.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
- On the fourth attempt to consider abandoning the plat for the Beaver Creek
Villas, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors has decided not to...at least
8/16/2010 10:02:00 PM
Chairman Chip Davis said the board received legal advice from the Yavapai
County Attorney's Office. It met in executive session about the issue for
about 45 minutes Monday.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Public Hearing Notice - Plat Abandonment & Revert PAD Zoning for 137 Condominiums - 50 Unit Hotel on the Beaver Creek Golf Course and Ranch House Restaurant site - County Board of Supervisors - Monday Aug 16th - Cottonwood
On Monday, August 16, Yavapai County Development Services has requested the consideration of the Abandonment of the Final Plat and Reversion of the Planned Area Development zoning back to the underlying zoning districts for the project known at the Villas at Beaver Creek.
This would result in the removal of the plat for the 137 potential condo units on part of the golf course and the potential 50-unit hotel at the Ranch House location. We expect that Development Services will go forward with this as no agreement was reached by Yavapai County with the owners and their attorneys to implement all of the stipulations of the original zoning change as well as no agreement on other issues requested by residents.
The last opportunity for public comment on this issue will be at:
Board of Supervisors Meeting
10 S. 6th St. (corner of Mingus & 6th) Cottonwood
|Beaver Creek developers get 30-day delay|
That is the not-so-final decision of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors at Monday's board meeting, as they considered for the third time, the possible abandonment of the proposed 137-unit condominium and 50-unit hotel on the Beaver Creek golf course.
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Tuesday, July 20, 2010
|7/20/2010 1:55:00 PM
Editorial: County makes wiser decision on golf course property
As frustrating as the situation has been, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors made the wiser choice when considering circumstances at the Beaver Creek Golf Course this week.
The supervisors could have decided to abandon the plat of the Villas at Beaver Creek, and almost did. It certainly would have been a reasonable and understandable decision. The situation of the Villas has been called a potential mess, and there is much hostility in the unincorporated community toward the developers, Beaver Creek Land and Water, LLC (BCLW).
Instead, the supervisors rather reluctantly granted the developers another 30 days to "fix" the problem of unfulfilled promises. That will mean BCLW meeting with investors, county staff and residents to work out a plan of action.
This is not a case of the county being brow-beaten by threats of lawsuits. The supervisors are more than prepared for that. This was a case of the supervisors being able to set emotions aside and be the better people with just a little more patience.
The 30 days gives developers the opportunity to find a solution or to sink themselves deeper into trouble. Either would plant the board of supervisors even more firmly in the right.
Monday was the board's first public discussion of the development, and the supervisors were set to lock horns and could have done so with righteous indignation.
There is a list of grievances, from the blight of an un-maintained golf course to claims of no financial assurances. It would have been natural to tell BCLW to pull the plug and start all over.
That, however, besides leading to a sluggish court battle, may have had unfair impact on investors, many of whom have been out of the loop regarding these proceedings. The 30-day delay gives them all the chance to get involved in the process.
If, after 30 days, the developers still cannot deliver a plan to end the eyesore that was once the drawing card of Lake Montezuma, it will be time for the ax.
NEWS ALERT!! 7/17/2010
The Villas at Beaver Creek Final Plat (condos to be built on the golf course parcels and a 50 unit hotel built in place of Ranch House) will be discussed at the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meeting scheduled for Monday July 19th at 9:00 at the County offices at 10 S. 6th Street in Cottonwood (corner of Mingus & 6th St).
The attorney for
These are some of the issues:
We feel that these issues need to be addressed and incorporated into a County approved developer plan in order to maintain quality of life, marketability and property values for the developers, lot owners AND the community.
Good neighbors improve property values for everyone.
Please attend the meeting
on Monday. This is the best way to show the
Creek Development Corp. – Ranch House Coalition
Dear Ranch House Coalition Pledged Members and Volunteers,
On June 1,
core team members met with Seth Williams at the Beaver Creek Adult
Center. Mr. Williams said that the whole property (golf course and
restaurant) was still in escrow with a potential buyer until June 13th. He said that the present
price is $1.75 million which is the cash offer now in escrow. A balance
of $80,000 towards a $100,000 down payment was due by a June 13th
deadline. An additional $200,000 must be paid at the close of escrow
with the balance due by December 2010. He stated that the potential
buyers were from Phoenix and were golf enthusiasts. If this offer falls
through, Seth stated that he only wanted to sell the entire property,
and did not want to sell just the restaurant. Consequently, he said
that he wants $1.75 million and would entertain an offer from the
coalition to purchase both with a down payment of $100,000 and would
carry the loan. (more)
|6/10/2010 4:10:00 PM
Beaver Creek subdivision stirs legal questions
First they got a loan and purchased the golf course for $2.8 million. They had an engineer draw up plans, they secured financing, and they submitted the idea to public scrutiny through the county's subdivision process.
The subdivision process required that the developers hold public meetings and gain the approval of the county supervisors.
And, before their final plat was recorded with the county recorder, which would give them the final OK to begin selling property, they had to post a letter of credit that would protect the county and community in case they were unable to complete the necessary infrastructure, such as water lines, sewer and roads. (more)
6/8/2010 4:15:00 PM
Beaver Creek development seeks county bail out
The residents immediately took up metaphorical pitchforks and torches, and, in no uncertain terms, let the developers and the county know that the plan was unacceptable.
Regrouped, the investors, Beaver Creek Land and Water Company LLC, than floated a second plan that would break off some of the undeveloped property on the golf course into a dozen individual parcels on which they would build 137 condominiums. (more)
5/4/2010 4:41:00 PM
By Steve Ayers
It used to be a green spot. It used to be the center of community life.
Last year, The Ranch House Restaurant, along with the golf course it served, closed when the previous owners were unable to make their payments.
Since then the area residents have heard a parade of promises, none of which have amounted to anything more than talk. And in the meantime, the gem of the community has begun moldering into the landscape.
Now, say the neighbors, enough is enough. It's time to control our destiny.
With that in mind a group of residents of the greater Beaver Creek area recently formed a non-profit corporation and developed a plan to assume control of the old restaurant, and, maybe just maybe, the golf course, too.
The Beaver Creek Development Corporation received the blessing of the Arizona Corporation Commission last week, opened a bank account and is now ready to go public.
On Monday evening, before some 50 members of the Lake Montezuma Property Owners Association, corporation organizer and spokesperson
According to Pearson, the corporation has submitted a letter of intent to the current owners of the property, stating the group is interested in leasing the restaurant, along with the surrounding four acres and buildings, and, eventually, purchasing the property.
Once the lease is agreed to, Pearson says, the plan will be a lot like an old-fashioned barn raising.
"We are going to need a community-wide effort that includes dedicated volunteers and money -- lots of money," she says.
The nonprofit corporation plans to sell memberships in what is envisioned to become a member-owned recreation facility that will serve the Beaver Creek community. Eventually, the profits from the restaurant will be used for other community projects -- possibly the purchase of the golf course.
Members will have certain privileges depending on whether they are individuals, community organizations or private businesses.
Memberships are available for families for a $100 initial fee plus $10 a year dues. For organizations it is $1,200 plus $120 a year dues and for businesses $3,000 plus $300 a year dues.
According to Pearson, the group that has been formulating the plan, known as the Ranch House Community Coalition, has already received commitments for $50,000 and expects more once they have a signed lease.
The coalition has also surveyed the building and come up with cost estimates. The plan calls for about $110,000 in funding and all the volunteer labor the community can salvage.
The plan calls for signing a lease by June 1 and opening the restaurant by Sept. 1.
Those present at Monday's LMPOA meeting were almost unanimous in their support of the project.