Good afternoon COGS
(The Coalition of Greater Scottsdale) E-News Reader. Yes,
your horse could become a victim while you sleep. The numbers are
in for our Signature Events—attendance and monetary impact. The
free Civic Center outdoor concert this Sunday features “Tramps &
Thieves” rock n roll, alternative, folk, and country music from
noon to 1:30 pm followed by “Kenny Love and the Rockerfellas” with
swing and bebop. Grab a blanket or chair and enjoy the cool grass
and the explosion of colorful flowers.
Recent Issues heard
from Merchants and Residents:
(1) Barns and
stables in rural northern Scottsdale are being invaded by person
(s ) who cut mane and tail hairs from horses. It is assume the use
is perceived as medicinal. (2) Scottsdale Road is scheduled for
major crosswalk, ramp, asphalt milling, new surface and utility
adjustments from April 6th to late May. The work is scheduled
during the evening 9 pm to 5 am for some projects and 3 am to 11
am for others. ( 3 ) Dynamite/Pima area rezoning has tweaked area
residents to reach out to COGS. Look below for details.* (4) The
Desert Discovery Center, aka DDC, concept continues to morph
from the original $15-20 million interpretative/educational public
center in the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve to recent work
study session discussions of multiple pavilions including a
restaurant and a $72-75 million city investment.
Commission 6-0 recommendation vote might provide relief for
Craftsman Court merchants.
The live entertainment RockBar events are held with huge wall
windows open. These have negatively impacted retail and service
merchants on Craftsman Court located south of 5th Avenue.
Merchants’ petition signatures, personal letters, speaker’s
testimony and a video with live performance sounds seemed to
resonate with the Planning Commissioners last week. COGS
assisted the merchants and resident to collect appropriate
evidence and then submitted their opposition to an extension of
permission for the “service windows” to be open. The city
council’s permission had expired 16 February 2015 but the
Special Events Committee had authorized more than 24 evenings in
March and now more in April. The Commissioners’ vote included (1)
sound monitoring at 150 feet with the allowed maximum of 68
decibels in volume (2) and no music rehearsal or performances
before 6 PM any day of the week. The City Council on April
28th will make the authoritative decision on case 2-UP-2001#3.
The Diamond Mountain Estates 11020 E. Jomax Road
case was continued following testimony from area residents that
they had not received public hearings for more than two years on
development plans for this rural area that is currently zoned as
R1-190 Environmental Sensitive Land. The most recent developer
couldn’t convince the Planning Commissioners that he was just
working from a previously approved set of site plans and not
making significant changes. From the audience perspective,
his maps showed multiple interior changes on the gross 50 approx.
acres including rezoning to R1-35/ESL on 30.4 acres, R1-43/ESL on
8.8 acres, and R1-70/ESL on 10.4 acres. It is re-scheduled for the
April 22nd Planning Commission hearing agenda and the developer
was directed to meet with the public.
Quick Glance at other land issue cases:
9890 North 90th Street
Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen for a new 3,000 sq. ft. restaurant;
3831 North Brown Avenue Our Lady of Perpetual Help Mission
Church building addition; 7575 E Princess Drive Fairmont
Princess Hotel to amend previously approved development plan and
standards; 1301 N Scottsdale Rd SkySong request to increase
height from 60 ft. to 90 ft. on new building; 68th Street &
Gloria Lane 31655 N 68th Street. request to abandon 33 ft. GLO
along southern boundary of single-family
residential/Environmentally Sensitive Lands (R1-70/ESL) zoning.
These cases will all be heard at city hall 14 April, Tuesday.
Details are available at this link.
*What is happening
in northern Scottsdale—particularly with AZ State Land and the
received some inquiries regarding two large rezoning cases in
The following information
provided by Linda Whitehead,one of the COGS Board of Directors,
should help clear up any confusion about these two cases. In
case 20-ZN-2014 the City of Scottsdale is requesting a
zoning map amendment to rezone approximately 22,300 acres of
McDowell Sonoran Preserve lands from the various existing
primarily residential zoning classifications to the Conservation
Open Space, Environmentally Sensitive Lands zoning designation.
Changing the designation to
Conservation Open will provide another layer of protection for
keeping these preserve lands in
their natural state in perpetuity.
The 22,300 acres span from East
Stagecoach Pass Road as the northern boundary, south to the East
area and include most of the land in the Expanded Recommended
Study Boundary for the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
The lands in the original
Recommended Study Boundary of the Preserve have already been
rezoned to Conservation Open Space.
In case 19-ZN-2014
the Arizona State Land Department is requesting rezoning for
approximately 4,020 acres of state owned land to make the zoning
on those acres consistent with Scottsdale’s approved 2001 General
The lands in question are within
the Expanded Recommended Study Boundary of Scottsdale’s Preserve
but were not reclassified as suitable for conservation under the
Arizona Preserve Initiative.
The purpose of the rezoning case
is to bring zoning entitlements on the subject land into
conformance with the City’s General Plan which will fulfill a
commitment between the ASLD and the City of Scottsdale to
accommodate development on State Trust lands that were not
reclassified as suitable for conservation.
Once the rezoning has been
accomplished, the city can move forward with plans to acquire an
additional 500+ acres of land for
inclusion in Scottsdale’s Preserve.
Those 500+ acres include a parcel
of just under 300 acres at the northeast corner of Pima and
Dynamite and a smaller parcel along the edges of the Rawhide Wash
near the Lone Mountain alignment.
Complete details and information on both these rezoning cases can
be found on the city’s website. For the Preserve lands rezoning
case go to:
For the State Trust Lands rezoning case go to:
Do you own property
in southern Scottsdale?---Osborn Road south to McKellips Road and
you plan some improvements ?
businesses will pay less for building permit fees starting
April 15. The City Council approved a temporary program
designed to jump-start revitalization of existing residential and
commercial properties in the area. The program runs for two years.
So now is the time to get going on that home improvement project
or commercial remodel! Contact Kim Chafin, Senior Planner at
Barrett Jackson’s revenue was $129 million with 320,000 attendees.
The Waste Management Phoenix Open held at Scottsdale’s Tournament
Players’ Club course had 563,000 golf lovers. This is the largest
attendance compared to all Opens in the USA. Saturday alone
had 189,722 and the famous 16th hole (for rowdiness) had 30,000
plus fans. Rachel Sacco of our Scottsdale Visitor and Convention
Bureau reported that $164 million was received into the Scottsdale
bed tax fund. Despite the rain showers, more than 100,000
attended the Fashion Square northern lot (formerly the Days Inn
site) football-related activities, TV broadcast booths and food
Thanks so much for reading through all this! Have a safe weekend
if you are travelling for your holiday.
For the Coalition of Greater
Scottsdale (COGS) Board of Directors,
Sonnie Kirtley, Chair e-mail email@example.com
Coalition of Greater Scottsdale
7904 E. Chaparral Rd., Suite 110, PMB 127
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
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