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02/28/17

Reminder: Nominations for the COGS Board of Directors deadline is Friday, March 10th. Don't be shy-- members may self-nominate. Electronic ballots will be e mailed to current members on March 15th. Results will be announced at the April 2nd Annual COGS Potluck.  .

Downtown Scottsdale Events

  • Thurs. March 2nd "Native Art Walk" 6 to 9 pm
  • March 2 to 5 Billie Hougart book signing "Southwestern Silver Hallmarks" 7100 E. Main St #3
  • Fri-Sat March 3 & 4 noon to 4 pm Modern Impressionist artist Steve Barton will be painting in the DeRubeis Fine Art gallery 7171 E. Main St.
  • Fri-Sat 10 am to 4 pm Tyrone Campbell's historic Navajo weavings and stories in Territorial Indian Arts & Antiques 7100 E. Main Street #3
  • Cactus League baseball schedule http://www.cactusleague.com/giants.php

 

 Review of 2016 COGS  major issues:


Fixed Rail on Scottsdale Road Supported the Downtown to McKellips Road business owners' and merchants' petition to remove the fixed rail option from the Transportation Master Plan. It was removed by Council close majority vote.
Reverting Zoning
Petition submitted--If a property is rezoned and the approved project is not built, the zoning reverts to previous zoning. Council took no action. Yes, "flipping" continues.
Raising the Roof
Challenged text amendment to increase Downtown building heights six additional feet resulting in a 96 ft new building. Council majority approved the additional height.
Drink-don't Dine
Challenged long-time rental of city alley property for dining when the bar had no kitchen. Area merchants complained of disruptive patron behaviors and loud live music. Council granted approval when the bar added a microwave and sink and after review, the rent was increased.
Special or just Event?
Recommendations were made to the proposed Special Events Ordinance in coordination with Downtown merchants and business owners to reduce negative impact on them. A new Special Events Ordinance was approved and the Handbook is in first edition.
Save Rural or Bulldoze?
Supported Rural Neighborhood and Desert Neighborhood designations in the proposed General Plan 2035 to protect our remaining northern Scottsdale Rural areas.The proposed Major Amendment and required super majority vote for council approval--when changing to higher density and smaller rural lots-- was denied by the Council majority.  Instead they voted to support the 16 yr old General Plan that guides today's construction/development decisions. The 1.5 years of citizen Task Force work was also not approved.
Desert Discovery Center location dispute
Preserve Petition was submitted for the City Council to pass a resolution or to submit to the voters a change to the Charter that would require (1) the construction of anything in the Preserve other than trails, minimal facilities required for trail heads used for trail access and the land bridge over Dynamite Blvd and (2) Use of Preserve Tax Funds for anything other than land acquisition, the building of trails, minimal facilities required for trail heads used for trail access and the land bridge over Dynamite Blvd.
Council Action: Held Work Study Session discussion.  No action on the petition.   Council approved a design and concept contract for $1.7 million with Desert Discovery Center LLC.  This group includes the use of Preserve Tax Funds, General Funds, Bed Tax Funds and Bonds as potential funding sources.
Commentary: Preserve Tax Funds currently are not allowed to be used for operational costs.  No Bond Election has not been scheduled to fund all or part of the DDC. On February 2017 Mayor Lane included in his State of the City address that “a public vote on the DDC” would take place.

Preserve or Passage?
Supported area neighbors and McDowell Sonoran Preserve advocates to close 128th Street through the Preserve and to pave 118th Street from Jomax to Dynamite Blvd. Council approved improving 128th St. for future construction traffic and emergency vehicles through the Preserve.

What is this?  Not new public art.  You will find it in the dog park.

Neighborhoods assisted in 2016 near these projects: 

Entrada, One Scottsdale, Waterview, Las Aquas, 3510 N Miller, Skye, Cactus/64th, Wolf Spring Ranch, Basis School, Los Gatos, Alta Osborn, many WiFi towers and their ground structures, and many individual homeowners with the need for information and procedural help.

COGS offers free assistance to help you or your neighborhood through the maze of city procedures to help resolve an issue you have. We host developer and neighborhood conferences to begin constructive dialogue when a project is proposed that will impact your area.

COGS speakers are available to meet with your group or HOA Board. We are a non-profit and absolutely no one is salaried.  Keeping our city unique and special through appropriate land use decisions keeps us eager to help.
 

 

 

 

 

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