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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.


The Planning 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 Pima/Dynamite area?  We have received some inquiries regarding two large rezoning cases in northern Scottsdale.  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 Cactus Road 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 Plan.  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 ?  Residents and 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 480-312-7734 or


The Tourism Development Commission reported that 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 vendors.


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 

     Coalition of Greater Scottsdale

     8924 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Suite G5, PMB 518

     Scottsdale, AZ 85250

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