11/18/16 NOVEMBER 2016
OPPORTUNITY TO AFFECT RURAL NEIGHBORHOODS
FULL ALERT --IF YOU
WANT TO SAVE EQUESTRIAN AND
LOT/ACREAGE IN OUR CITY, read on....
The city staff has contacted all large acreage
property owners in northern Scottsdale to comment on the proposed
Land Use changes to the General Plan 2035 draft. As you would
expect, any development-bent-owner reply will NOT want a change
that challenges a future project to build smaller lots and more
homes on their
large acreage. Unfortunately, property owners with one home on 2.5
acres were not contacted by the city--only those larger 5, 10 and
40 acre parcel owners. We have many owners who highly value
retaining their equestrian and large home lifestyle and support
the Desert Rural Neighborhood new designation.
WHAT IS THE RURAL LAND USE
recommendation by representatives of COGS and the former GP 2035
Task Force in their June 2016 conference?
The current Rural
Land Use matrix would be split into two categories:
Desert Rural Neighborhoods
(1 dwelling unit on 2 or more acres) and
(1 dwelling unit on more than 1 and less than 2 acres).
If the rezoning request is made to decrease
density, the application only requires a majority council vote to
If the rezoning case requests an increase
in density, it requires a Major General Plan Amendment hearing
that occurs once a year.
More public hearings are held and approval requires at
least 5 ‘yes’ votes from council –a super majority.
COGS POSITION: Separating
Rural Land Use into two categories will differentiate the smaller
acreage residential lots from the larger acreage parcels in a
rezoning case. This does not stop an appropriate project but
requires city council to a higher level of proposed project
scrutiny. How does it
impact existing area homeowner’s investment?
Is it compatible with the character of the area?
With approval does the city maintain a balance of
equestrian and luxury home options?
city meetings are only held in northern Scottsdale.
We believe that all residents
want to preserve the equestrian and large lot-luxury homes
character in central and northern Scottsdale.
City-wide residents are
encouraged to comment.
You can review the draft plan and submit feedback at
General Plan 2035. E mail
your opinion to Project Coordination Liaison, Sara Javoronok
and to the City Council at