Scott JablowI stand on a record of accomplishments for Sedona residents. I have used my time on Council and as Vice Mayor to work for our community, and I hope you have benefitted from some of these changes.

As Mayor, I will be in a position to use my leadership to launch more initiatives that meet our needs and anticipate our future.

Managing Short Term Vacation Rental Impacts

Senate Bill 1350 removed local control to regulate Short Term Vacation Rentals. The recently passed Senate Bill 1168 has made minor adjustments to address neighborhood nuisance issues. We are working with the League of Cities and Towns to regain our local control on this issue. In the interim, Council has:
  • Hired a legislative advocate to concentrate on making Sedona's case with the state Legislature and stop the proliferation of STRs
  • Established a program to track STRs, require emergency contacts and manage a complaint hotline
  • Updated the city's trash and noise ordinances to address complaints regarding poorly managed STR properties

Housing For Residents Of All Incomes

Lack of housing affordability and availability threatens the vibrancy of our community. I am working to encourage workers to return to Sedona as residents and retain them in our community, as well as working with our government and private sector partners in the region. So far, we have:
  • Partnered with Sunset Lofts LLC for a 46-unit workforce apartment complex
  • Launched a down payment/closing cost assistance program for local employees
  • Launched a Rent Local pilot program to incentivize conversion of STRs to long-term local rentals
  • Partnered with Hope House to provide federal dollars for remodel of transitional housing for families with children
  • Purchased lots for future public/private partnerships

Sustainability Actions

The city needs to be a leader in preserving Sedona for future generations. I have taken the following steps for our residents and intend to build on these:
  • Completed one year of the Home Energy Retrofit Program with a second year underway -$54,000 already allocated for 14 households so far
  • Established a Community Food Scrap Composting program which has diverted approximately ton of food waste as of July with 44 households engaged
  • Partnered with Northern Arizona Solar Co-op to offer reduced rates for solar conversion with 38 contracts to date
  • Approved an Emergency Evacuation modeling project for all neighborhoods of Sedona as well as preparation of a Community Resiliency Guide

Prioritizing Residents, Balancing Tourism And Preservation Of Natural Resources

I continue to work to meet the needs of our residents. Recreation opportunities and mobility in our community, while protecting our land and most precious resources, are a top priority. Accomplishments include:
  • Completed multi-use paths and trailhead tie-ins along Sanborn/Thunder Mountain, Dry Creek, Sunset Drive, Soldiers Pass, and a new parking area at Posse Grounds
  • Approved a plan for upgrading Posse Grounds Park to include eight new pickleball courts and revitalized playground equipment
  • Designed a Forest Road extension which is under construction
  • Launched an entire Trailhead shuttle program which has boarded over 115,000 passengers as of the end of June
  • Designed a Los Abrigados to Brewer Road connection which is underway
  • Accelerated the Brewer Road Ranger Station Park buildout with shared use path and house/barn exterior restoration, with the completion of a restroom, lawn, plaza, parking, and gardens scheduled for the next fiscal year
  • Completed Shelby Drive roadway improvements, including drainage and sidewalks
  • Approved an Environmental Impact Study this year to document OHV impacts. The study can be used as the foundation analysis to convince the Forest Service that we need a limited access permit system
  • Eliminated Destination Marketing funds from the Tourism Bureau contract
  • Partnered on a Yavapai county contract using Sedona's federal funds to extend broadband throughout the city, resulting in faster speeds and more coverage. The contract will include the Coconino portion of Sedona
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