Moving Forward
Council approves amendments to redevelopment area plan

The Sierra Vista City Council approved amendments to the West Sierra Vista Redevelopment Area Plan, which was the final step needed to enable the City to provide matching grant dollars to additional commercial tenants and property owners seeking to improve their sites in the West End.
The original redevelopment area was established in 2017 and encompassed about 23 acres, before being expanded in 2019 by another 29 acres. The newly expanded area adds 162 non-residential parcels, totaling about 111 acres west of N. 5th Street, where there has been significant interest from businesses seeking to apply for matching grant funds under the City’s West Sierra Vista Partnership Program.
The amendments approved on Thursday also increased the annual planned allotment for the grant program from $50,000 to $100,000, subject to the City’s annual budget process. The plan amendments also recommend establishing a $15,000 annual budget for increasing public art in public spaces to add vibrancy to the downtown area and create a stronger sense of place. 
The City will begin accepting applications for properties in the new expansion area immediately and can begin approving them in 30 days once the resolution takes effect.
Both the West End Commission and Planning and Zoning Commission recommended adoption of the plan amendments. The Planning and Zoning Commission found them to be consistent with the City’s General Plan Vista 2030.
Concept plans for the property located on the southeast corner of Fry Boulevard and Fab Avenue property were removed from the plan amendments and will return to the City Council at a future work session as a stand-alone item to discuss the future direction of that site. The plan amendments as approved do still include drainage and right-of-way improvements for that property, which will be part of the budget recommendations for next fiscal year. 

Read more about last night's City Council meeting, to include initial consideration of proposals to use the next round of Community Development Block Grant funds.
City News
SVPD recruits tackle tactical driving training

Sierra Vista Police Department Recruits Brighton Yarbrough and Carolanne Frisby are well on their way to becoming some of Sierra Vista’s finest!

Recently, they joined their fellow Southeast Arizona Law Enforcement Training Academy class members to complete intensive tactical driving training at the Sierra Vista Municipal Airport. We’re proud to share that Recruit Brighton Yarbrough performed best overall on the Challenge Course, which enabled the recruits to put their new skills to the test in a friendly competition. You can see them in action by watching the video below.

Want to be like Brighton and Carolanne? SVPD has openings for Police Officer Recruit and Lateral Officer. Contact our Recruiter Lilly Perry at (520) 439-2370 or email to find out how to start a rewarding career with a department that feels like family! Learn more.
Extraordinary Activities

Get ready for our annual Springtime Bazaar on Saturday, March 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ethel H. Berger Center.

Featuring a variety of local handcrafted items and some well-known commercial products, there is something for everyone at this very popular event!
Uncommon Recreation

Welcome spring by making Bunny Bowls at the City's Art Studio! The featured project for March, these simple bowls are easy to make and are a perfect Easter decoration. Featured projects are $10 per kit and include everything you will need to make your bowl, as well as two visits to the studio (one to build and one to glaze).

Kits are available during regular studio hours. The studio is located in the Oscar Yrun Community Center and is open Wednesday/Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. and Friday/Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please call (520) 458-7922 or email
Social Snapshot
If you stop by the Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center you may see a new face. Animal Control Officer Dana Kennedy is the latest addition to our team!

She brings a lot of animal care experience to the shelter and we're so happy to have her. Welcome to #TeamSierraVista Dana!
City Announcements

The Cove will be open during spring break for Lap Swim, Water Walking, Splash Time, and Open Swim, with a special Spring Break Tsunami Night on Friday, March 18, from 7-10 p.m. Learn more about special Spring Break hours from March 14-19.

The Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center suspended owner turn-ins of cats or dogs until further notice as many recent intakes have pushed the shelter's space to its limits. Adoptions and foster families are needed to free up capacity. Learn more

Upcoming Meetings

There are no City Council meetings scheduled for next week.

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For any special needs or accommodations, please notify Jill Adams 72 hours prior to the meeting date. Reach Ms. Adams at (520) 458-3315 or through the Arizona Relay Service at 7-1-1.
City of Sierra Vista
(520) 458-3315
1011 N. Coronado Drive
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635