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LETTER TO EDITOR, DAILY INDEPENDENT, 3 APRIL, 2021

To: Melissa Rosequest, Daily Independent

Date: 3 April, 2021

Coalition of Greater Scottsdale

8924 E. Pinnacle Peak Road

Suite G-5  PMB 518

Scottsdale, AZ  85255

www.COGSaz.net

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Re: April 1st Desert Rural article

 We have been impressed by your news coverage and writing techniques since you arrived at the newspaper. However, this one-sided reporting on the Desert Rural land category proposed in the General Plan 2035 has been out of character---as well as journalism standards.

There is A SET OF FACTS that brief research on your part could have shared with your readers.

FACT: the Desert Rural land category does not change zoning

FACT: any large acreage landowner may request zoning change through city council

FACT: no property owner is ENTITLED to up-zoning to higher density

FACT: The city sent out 1300 plus Virtual Open House requests to large lot landowners of record in potential Land Use – Desert Rural Neighborhoods that are currently zoned as R1-130 or R1-190. From March 5th to March 16th city staff had only 30 respond or 1.53%. The reporting journalist should have questioned, “Do we then conclude that the other hundreds of landowners (98.5%) not responding are unconcerned about adding the Desert Rural category?”

FACT: The city’s aggregate summary (public and large-acreage property owners) SUPPORTED the creation of Desert Rural Neighborhoods. (see below from the city’s website)

City of Scottsdale Aggregate GP Summary on the website:

“Land Use – Desert Rural Neighborhoods: There has been community discussion, and City Council interest, to include the addition of a new “Desert Rural” Neighborhoods General Plan land use designation for those properties that are currently zoned as R1-130 or R1-190. This proposal would affect both the acreage makeup of land use designations citywide, and potentially the major amendment criteria. Polling questions regarding this proposal included:

• Do you support the creation of a new Desert Rural Land Use designation?
     >Yes – 88 (56%)
     >No – 68 (44%)

• Do you support the land use amendment matrix associated with the creation of a new Desert Rural Land Use Category?
     >Yes – 83 (53%)

      >No – 73 (47%)


"In aggregate, more attendees supported both the proposal for the creation of a new “Desert Rural” Neighborhoods General Plan land use designation as well as its inclusion within the General Plan land use amendment matrix showing a change from Desert Rural to all other land use categories, excluding Natural Open Space, as a major General Plan amendment process. Participants supportive of the proposal generally agreed that the increased scrutiny by City Council on future development projects on existing large-lot parcels was necessitated as it would: protect the natural desert; preserve large-lot and equestrian character; and, appeal to affluent residents and tourists. Participants opposed to this proposal generally agreed that it would: negatively affect property values; affect property owners who
invested in this area of the city for retirement or legacy purposes; potentially be a Proposition 207 “taking”; and, stunt growth, housing needs, and needed infrastructure improvements in northern Scottsdale, while forcing future density on the central and southern areas of Scottsdale."

FACT: Daily Independent has provided interviews/quotes from the opposition WHEN WILL YOU PROVIDE BALANCED JOURNALISM AND PUBLISH INTERVIEWS FROM THE LARGER PUBLIC WHO SUPPORT THE RURAL DESERT land category?

Please contact for interviews either or both of our northern property owners on the COGS Board of Directors,
Howard Myers howard.myers@cox.net 480 473 0109 or Copper
Phillips
JCopperPhillips1174@outlook.com 602 509 1174


Respectfully, Sonnie Kirtley, COGS Executive Director

COGS - The Coalition of Greater Scottsdale
8924 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd, Suite G5, PMB 518
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

 

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