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 HELP SAVE AND PRESERVE,  EL ROJO GRANDE RANCH  FROM BECOMING  600 MANUFACTURED HOMES & 50  RV PARK

“I believe El Rojo Grande Ranch lands deserves a better second life in Sedona’s rich history. El Rojo Grande is a neighbor to the iconic Bell Rock;  Cathedral Rock;  El Rojo Grande is the home of Walt Disney’s The Legend of Lobo Cave;  the Indian artifacts and massive number of arrowheads found on the banks above the Arizona designated waterway Dry Creek;  the sacred land of the Indians hunters and gatherers, and every where I looked I saw signs of wildlife, birds, small critters, wildflowers and the incredible and iconic Red Rock out -cropping. The Big Red. It’s famous and sits high above El Rojo Grande Ranch.”   Builder & former owner Karin Reid Offield 

Note: *********The Meetings schedules have been moved to the How to Help / meetings page

To contact us: elrojogranderanchinsedona@gmail.com 

Please read Important Voices /Letters http://elrojograndesedona.com/important-voices-letters/

Here are the Steps you can take to help prevent the rezoning of the Ranch: 

Step 1: Send Emails or Letters saying that you are opposed to the rezoning, and give your reasons why. Note:  All letters are due PRIOR to December 11th, 2018.  Every opposition email or letter counts.  Content suggestions are listed below. 

Send Emails to: tammy.dewitt@yavapai.us

Include your NAME and ADDRESS (Very important)
Mail Letters to:  
Attn: Planning Dept – Tammy Dewitt
Re: El Rojo Grande Ranch
Yavapai County Development Services
10 South 6th St. 
Cottonwood, AZ 86326
All letters are due PRIOR to December 11th, 2018.
For Suggestions on content of your letters and recommended subjects go to the How To Help / Meetings page. http://elrojograndesedona.com/how-to-help/

For the Meeting Schedules go to the How to Help / Meetings page. http://elrojograndesedona.com/how-to-help/

Tp learn more about zoning go to the FACTS page

Become an Environmentalist!
The Protection of our Riparian Corridor of Dry Creek, a protected seasonal tributary of Oak Creek, Arizona Waterway is the  environmental goal.
 All land is not created equal, and all private land should not be zoned for affordable housing. It is the same argument that all private land should be only zoned for expensive mansions. It is reasonable that Yavapai County should look at the Guides and Neighborhood Visions to determine how the population wants the area to grow. Yavapai County asked for the RRRCA Plan (2013) to coincide with the Yavapai Comprehensive Plan ( 2012 ) – to be updated by the County in 2022. To see the Red Rock Rural Community Association (RRRCA) Guide go to the FACTS page.  ‎

El Rojo Grande Ranch is in the 89A Corridor within Community Boundaries

The RRRCA survey that describes the wishes of the neighboring properties (see above map) was something that the Development Department of the Yavapai County requested to add to their Comprehensive Plan and Yavapai County decided and chose the regions and the area of the county they wanted the citizen groups to define. The RRRCA section is made of three areas that include the area of 89A. Red Rock Loop Road, and the land to the west of Sedona up to Dry Creek Road. The county chooses when and on what to focus. Credit: Ted Grussing photo below

El Rojo Grande Ranch is located on 89A, from Cottonwood into Sedona, before the Red Rock Loop Rock on your Right, you will see Sedona Shadows on your left.  The iconic red rock formation sits above El Rojo Grande Ranch

Dear Everyone,
Many of you have driven past El Rojo Grande Ranch at the western gateway to Sedona,  yet never have visited the Ranch. To you and all our friends, this letter and website is built to introduce you to the ranch and the land.

One question to ask Yavapai County is why a development of 600 Manufactured Homes  for 55 year plus residents is better for Yavapai County,  than leaving the ranch in it’s current zoning? It is a 720% increase in density.

A request for a PAD zoning is developers/ELS’s  “PRESENTATION OF A GREAT IDEA”.  In creating this PAD,  the developer drew sketches of as many cement home pads that they could fit onto the acreage. (The manufactured homes are also manufactured entirely by the buyer/developer/ELS. ) The amazing ranch buildings would be “repurposed”.  The entire ranch cluster of buildings sits in and on the riparian river corridor that winds thru the 172 acres.

THIS IS IMPORTANT: The next photograph shows the ELS  fully developed 172 acres of land, with the roads, sidewalks,  home pads, guest parking areas and RV sites. ELS states that 46% of the land will be protected open space, but this map illustrates that the only land not covered will be steep cliffs and flood plain beaches.

The exceptional buildings of El Rojo Grande Ranch
The exceptional buildings of El Rojo Grande Ranch

The formation of rocks is unique and rare – and the land is where Indian artifacts are found every where you look.

It’s important to know that once the change of zoning into a PAD is  approved by this upcoming vote by commissioners and Board of Supervisors, the decision of what was presented to the Commissioners  does not protect the lands or the original PAD plan earnestly. PAD’s are easy for the developer to make changes, actual big changes without public review. See FACTS for more information on PAD’s

Please tell Yavapai County you are opposed to a change of zoning.  Emails should be addressed to: tammy.dewitt@yavapai.us with the Subject line:  Regarding El Rojo Grande Ranch and include YOUR NAME AND YOUR ADDRESS in the email.  Send Letters to:  Attn: Planning Dept – Tammy Dewitt. Re: El Rojo Grande Ranch, Yavapai County Development Services, 10 South 6th St. Cottonwood, AZ 86326

The winners in this Planned Area Development (PAD) if the rezoning is allowed appear to me to be the buyer/developer and Yavapai County (property taxes), not the neighbors, the visitors to Sedona, the employees or the residents of the area.  The folks left with the challenges created (and no additional funding) will be the residents of Sedona. This visual change of this development to the entrance of Sedona will change West Sedona forever.

Tell Yavapai that we deserve better protection from sprawl, manufactured homes, a parking lot for shuttles, and a sewer treatment building  on the historic Dry Creek Scenic Road at the Western Gateway to Sedona. Please tell Yavapai County you are opposed to a change of zoning.  

Yavapai County will listen to all the public comments.    Please write a letter but do not dwell yet on the subjects of sewer, water or traffic issues specifically, as these are other Arizona Departments that are in charge of these matters. Yavapai County needs other regulatory reasons why this development does not fit in the County.

CLARIFICATION: A statement that needs to be further clarified is that the County does not take into account: Water, Sewer, and Traffic situations.  Randy Garrison, our County Supervisor said,  ”That is mostly true, although they are part of the discussion and of great interest to our communities. The State is in charge of Water, and therefore under the purview of Arizona Department of Water Resources. The Department of Transportation is in charge of traffic in this case since the roads within this proposed development are private and the primary road that accesses this development belongs to the State of Arizona, Highway 89A.  And finally Sewer is under the control of Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. As long as those entities are satisfied with the programs or infrastructure being proposed by the developer than the County will not rely on those issues to either accept or deny an application.” 

This website was specifically created to help save this remarkable, but forgotten, gem of Sedona, El Rojo Grande Ranch. As a visitor to Sedona, now, in the past or in the future or a visitor on the world wide web, or a citizen of Arizona –  you can help save the lands and ensure the ranch is preserved as part of the future of Sedona.

This website will take you on a tour of the Ranch, to see for yourself why it is so important for the Sedona Communityto rally around the Ranch, as environmental stewards, and to block a zoning change.

 A change in the zoning  will allow the developer to bulldoze its ancient landscape, ruin an important riparian corridor, evict and destroy its rich wildlife, crush and bury forever its’ Indian artifacts and leave it as a scarred example of development that values profit over the preservation and forgoes conservation,  of the treasure that is El Rojo Grande Ranch. *See The Future Visionof ERG page

We are urgently asking for your immediate help to rally community support to block this PAD re-zoning, which will replace this priceless scenic wonder with a massive ocean of roofs.

*see How to Help page on your left  http://elrojograndesedona.com/how-to-help/

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The fragile lands of El Rojo Grande Ranch will be  harmed forever.   In addition to that tragedy, ELS will cause huge amounts of surface runoff from their asphalt pavement into and onto the riparian habitats.The open space they want to “save” will be ruined.* The sewer treatment system has recently been moved up from the river bed to the 89A area. No approvals have yet been given to the Developer, as they need first a CHANGE OF ZONING.  Please tell Yavapai County you are opposed to a change of zoning.  

The wildlife and bird riparian habitats on El Rojo Grande Ranch will be bulldozed.   ELS has yet to propose a method for disposal of all that waste, contaminate.  The Red Wall Limestone aquifer supplies water to Page Springs and its surrounding communities. Environmentally protection of the Wildlife and Riparian Corridor is paramount.   *See Water and Land page on your left Tabs

Thanks to its past owners, most of the Ranch’s 173 acres are in the same pristine condition that early settlers in the Sedona area found it. It is still covered with ancient juniper trees, some of which are 200 years old – trees that were growing before the white man ever came into the Sedona area. It is truly a “step back in time”. Sadly, the beauty of the Ranch has been largely forgotten by those in the surrounding community.*see Plants, Birds, Butterflies Categories Pages on your left Tab

We invite you into this website www.elrojogradesedona.com to enjoy the photographs of its marvelous park, the wedding sites, all the  community gathering spots, and its equestrian facilities which were built on the 173 acres for the public to enjoy by riding on its beautiful acreage, and onto the beautiful Forest Service land that surrounds it. 

We invite you to read about the hundreds of species of birds, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and plants that call its red rock and riparian habitat their home.  You will learn about the watershed; the great riparian corridor;  and the highway of birds in Northern Arizona which are  currently under great stress, and in danger of being lost if the land is developed.   *See the Facts and Categories pages on your left Tabs

To save the Ranch and the Ranch lands we must first make people in the Sedona area and all neighboring communities and our global friends aware of its existence, its beauty, and its potential contribution to Sedona, as a marvelous blessing for future of our residents and visitors to Sedona and the Northern Arizona region where Old West Dreams live on.  *See The Future Vision of ERG page on your left

El Rojo Grande Ranch was built to be a horse and cattle ranch. It was, nearly 26 years ago, built as a working ranch surrounded on three sides by United States Forest Service lands – spectacular and welcoming to visitors from around the world.  Please help us protect this land, and not allow an ugly and inappropriate development to proceed. No manufactured homes and no segregated 55 and older communities.

Please write a letter to Yavapai County, and say “Please do not change the current zoning.  We oppose a manufactured / RV Park development to proceed.” *See How to Help page on your left

Please do not allow El Rojo Grande Ranch to become a symbol of what unrestrained development can do in our internationally known center of natural beauty. By allowing this microcosm of Sedona to be bulldozed and turned into a sprawling ocean of manufactured homes, at the entrance to Sedona, we will be showing the entire world that our values for conservation and sustainability are only words – devoid of actions.

The sellers have said themselves that this Ranch is magical!  The International Sotheby’s has described this Ranch as pristine and magical! Let’s not let its magic be destroyed by bulldozers, and replaced by this sea of home roofs. Please make this happen, and support – NO CHANGE IN ZONING! Write a letter today! 

Thank you!  Karin Reid Offield   Former Owner/Builder 

Here is my letter.  KO Letter to Yavapai

For contact  with submissions, questions, corrections, please email me: elrojogranderanchinsedona@gmail.com