The future of a proposed yoga center and glamping ground is in the balance after a vote by the Cochise County Planning & Zoning Commission resulted in a tie.
That means the application will now be placed on the commission’s May agenda to be heard again.
The plans by Julie Campos include three glamping tents, earth domes to accommodate up to two people each, a restroom/shower facility, a yoga center, art studio, chicken coop, greenhouse, and single-family home. The site is located on E. Javelina Trail, west of Paloma Trail, Hereford.
The proposal drew strong opposition from 18 neighbors who say although they support the business idea, it is the wrong location.
Jack Mutchler, speaking on behalf of the residents, said, “Many of us chose to locate here because of the tranquility and remote location. This will ruin the character of the neighborhood.”
One of the biggest concerns, for both the neighbors and Development Services staff, is the condition of Javelina and Paloma Trails, which are not county-maintained roads. During monsoon season residents and first responders have difficulties accessing the area due to flooding and slick driving conditions.
“It becomes impassable for hours at a time,” Mutchler said.
He also cited issues with the applicant’s plans to provide meditation and yoga services to military and emergency personnel with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
“We support the military and law enforcement,” he said. “These are needed services, but they are not appropriate in our neighborhood.”
The application also had strong support from people who know Campos and support her vision. They argued what Campos is planning will bring much needed economic development to the region and will provide a valuable service to those with PTSD.
Campos also told the commission she is willing to close her business during monsoon season, will plant vegetation to hide any structures, and will limit the number of yoga classes. She also added that if the road was such a concern, something should be done by the neighborhood to improve it.
“We need creative economic growth,” she said.
Development Services staff recommended the application be denied based on the strong opposition, concerns about accessibility during heavy rain, and because it does not fully comply with the Southern San Pedro Valley Area Plan.
At the April 11 meeting four commissioners voted in favor of the project, and four voted against. Commissioner Pat Edie was absent.
The next Planning & Zoning Commission meeting will be May 9 at 4 p.m. at the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room.