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27 May 2015

To: City of Scottsdale Planning Commissioners

Re: Diamond Mountain Plan Modifications case 1-ZN-2011

The Coalition of Greater Scottsdale (COGS) supports a recommendation of DENIAL to the City Council on this request for Modifications to case 1-ZN-2011.

  1. The community outreach has been completely inadequate and the applicant has done little, if anything, to respond to the concerns of the adjacent residents.
  2. Current entitlements would allow only 8 to 9 lots on the 37 acre parcel.  A nearly 2.5 times increase is too much density to allow protection of the environmental features on the property.
  3. No increase in density should be approved until there is a plan to protect the environmental features on the entire approximate 50 acre parcel.
  4. The applicant should not be allowed to split the property into separate parcels. The property contains significant environmental features, high priority NAOS and environmental constraints. Only by treating the property as a single parcel can its environmental features be properly protected.
  5. The Dynamite Foothills Character Area Plan and Implementation Program recommends that existing allowable densities under current zoning are appropriate. Therefore this requested increase in density is inconsistent with the Character Area Plan.
  6. The Dynamite Foothills Character Area Implementation Program states that construction envelopes should not be placed on slopes over 15%. The conceptual development plan provides a graphic illustrating the proposed cluster areas on locations with 15% to 25% and greater slopes.  Again, this proposal is inconsistent with that Character Area Plan.

COGS continues to be disappointed that city staff is recommending approval of projects that are inconsistent with adopted and community planned Character Area Plans.

Respectfully we request that all commissioners deny this case request.

Sonnie Kirtley, COGS Chairman    

For The Coalition of Greater Scottsdale Board of Directors



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