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02/18/15

Good evening, COGS E News Reader: One of the commission appointment decisions Tuesday night should have embarrassed the city council......If you love dogs and/or horses then February and early March have the events for you at our city's WestWorld facilities. .....There are multiple public informational open houses that you might need to attend. These explain proposed projects or amendments to current city ordinances. Are there some that you want to comment on? Thank you for taking your time to be informed. Feel free to forward this-our newsletters are free.

HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? Our city council passed over --for the Historic Preservation Commission vacancy--a retired surgeon who is the head of the Civil War Club. During his public interview he described the connection of Scottsdale's first leaders in the Civil War. Additionally he announced the anniversary plans for the End of the Civil War re-enactment to be held April 9th in our Civic Center. Surprisingly, the appointment went to a new resident (just 8 months) with no evidence of the code requirements "shall have demonstrated special interest, knowledge or experience in ...building construction, history, architectural history, real estate, historic preservation law or other historic preservation-related field." The vacancy was a position for a representative from the "profession of historian". Majority vote appointed a 24 year old recent college graduate in finance/economics. She described that her preservation interest is from experiences when a child in her hometown with street fairs, parades and school programs. COGS COMMENT Encouraging younger applicants to apply for commissions is a worthy goal but when a commissioner vacancy requires specific qualifications, our council appointments should select and honor the highly-qualified applicants.

FEBRUARY AND EARLY MARCH EVENTS FOR YOUR CALENDAR AT WESTWORLD: 60th Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show & Shopping Expo ends Sunday 22 Feb then begins the 13th Annual Fiesta Cluster Dog Show & Agility Trial from Thursday Feb 26th though Monday March 2nd. Wear your western attire for the 62nd Parada del Sol Rodeo on Thursday the 26th. The Cactus Reining Horse Classic is Wed. March 4th through Sunday the 8th. During that week is the delightful Arizona Pony of the Americas Cup on March 7th and the Arizona Paint Horse Club Winter Show on the 7th & 8th. Later in March is the Carousel Charity Horse Show, Scottsdale Spring Festival Hunter/Jumper Horse Show, Scottsdale Spring Classic Hunter/Jumper Show and the Arizona Dressage Association Spring Celebration.

PUBLIC INFORMATIONAL OPEN HOUSES: Galleria Parking Garage Addition Monday,Feb 23rd 6 to 7 pm in W Hotel, Studio 4 . Topic: Adding two upper floors to the existing garage. Pedalbus Ordinance Amendments. Tuesday,Feb 24th 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at Design Studio 7506 E. Indian School Rd (1) allows 6 inches wider vehicle (2) front-mounted amber lights would not be required (3) change in insurance requirements (4) permit passengers to consume beer or wine in plastic or paper cups. Send comments to Officer Bolles at ebolles@scottsdaleaz.gov 

PROPOSED PROJECTS ALERTS: East Los Gatos Rd & N. Pima Rd Camelot Homes has applied for a Zoning Map Amendment on 59 plus acres to change from R1-90 ESL (single family residential home on 90,000 sq. ft lot on Environmentally Sensitive Land) to R1-10, Planned Residential Development ESL (89 homes on 10,000 sq. ft. lots, ESL). Additionally they are requesting modified development standards. See details at https://eservices.scottsdaleaz.gov/eServices/Cases/  This is case 4-ZN-2015. Zara Court 8346 & 8354 E Thomas Road seeks approval of a preliminary plat for 6 single-family lots on 1.4 acres. That is case 12-PP-2014.

PUBLIC HEARINGS on proposed projects: Tuesday March 3rd at 5 PM in City Hall Artesia 7245 N Scottsdale Rd. request for Zoning District Map Amendment that would (1) amend the previously approved development plan including site plan and stipulations for the 17 acre portion (2) allow for reallocation in building height and additional density (3) modify the plan to relocate a driveway on the C-1-PCD portion of the site along Scottsdale Road. Case 2-Zn-2005 #2. Send comments to Bcarr@scottsdaleaz.gov .

Wednesday March 4th at 5 pm in City Hall: SkySong 1301 N. Scottsdale Rd is requesting an amendment to the original zoning "including but not limited to increasing allowed building height from 60 ft. to 90 ft., adding building setback and step back requirements for buildings in excess of 60 ft. in height, amending the Permitted Uses and eliminating the Regional Shopping Center and Commercial Office zoning districts from the list of comparable zoning districts for 40 plus acre sites". Send comments to gbloemberg@scottsdaleaz.gov  Diamond Mountain Estates 11020 E. Jomax Rd. is a request to change from single family residential on Environmentally Sensitive Lands (R1-190/ESL) to single family homes/ESL on smaller approx. 35,000 sq. ft. lots (R1-35/ESL) on 30.4 acres plus 43,000 sq. ft. lots (R1-43/ESL) on 8.8 acres and 70,000 sq. ft. lots (R1-70/ESL) on 10..4 acres. The two parcels being divided are approx. 50 gross acres. Send comments JMurillo@scottsdaleaz.gov Hertz Auto 7300 E.McDowell Road request for a Conditional Use Permit for vehicle, leasing, rental and sales with outdoor display and storage in C-3 zoning. Comments to kchafin@scottsdaleaz.gov .

APPLICATIONS WITH NO HEARING DATES: Rockbar, Inc 4245 N. Craftsman Court is currently operating with an expired Conditional Use Permit that had a one-year approval on 14 January 2014 to keep two "service windows" measuring approx. 3 ft by 9 ft open in their northern wall during Live Entertainment. The large wall openings serve drinks to a table-slab with bar stools. Although an expired CUP, Rockbar has received multiple "Special Event" approvals to continue Live Entertainment on February 20,21,26,27 and 28. With case 2-UP-2001#3 they are requesting to amend the stipulations of an existing [sic] CUP pertaining to the external windows. There have been multiple complaints from merchants/business owners and a resident in the area. It will be interesting what decision the city council makes. Comments to dsymer@scottsdaleaz.gov  Arizona Canal North Bank Improvements between Marshall Way & Goldwater Blvd for landscape and pedestrian improvements. Case 7-DR-2014 Comments to DSymer@scottsdaleaz.gov  Crab & Mermaid Restaurant 4218 N Scottsdale Rd. request for approval of site plan, landscape plan and building elevation. Case 19-DR-1989#4 Contact Dsymer@scottsdaleaz.gov  7025 E 1st Avenue request for approval of site and landscape plans and elevation for two buildings. Case 58-DR-2014 Comments to gbloemberg@scottsdaleaz.gov 

The COUNCIL OF SCOTTSDALE is holding a Membership-Only meeting this Thursday evening. It will be in the usual location at 7 pm. They are the oldest continuously active citizen advocacy organization in the city and provide an excellent service of monthly speakers. COGS is a strong supporter of their excellent programs.

For details about The Coalition of Greater Scottsdale (COGS) go to our website at www.cogsaz.net . You can join COGS on our website using PayPal or mail your $10 check to 7904 East Chaparral Road suite 110A, PMB 127, Scottsdale AZ 85250. Thank you for your support. We are all volunteers and dues support our website, room rentals for public forums, printing costs for documents submitted on land use cases and other position papers. COGS speaks for residents, neighborhoods and small merchants and business owners at commission hearings and city council. We are available to research issues of importance to you or to direct you to the appropriate city department and staff member. There is absolutely no charge for our services. We love our city and believe in our mission statement: A Consistent Land Use Policy and Preservation of our Quality of Life.

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     Sonnie Kirtley, Chair e-mail sonniek@cogsaz.net 

     Coalition of Greater Scottsdale

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     Scottsdale, AZ 85250

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