Good afternoon, COGS E-Newsletter Reader.
April is a busy month for city government decisions. To add a LGBT
ordinance or not? To change Metro bus 50 and to add a Camelback
trolley route to SCC or not? To approve the SkySong request
to increase the new building height from 60 feet to 90 feet or
not? But, for COGS members it was a time of
celebration at the annual meeting Sunday for a successful 2014
COGS Member Update:
At the annual meeting and Patio Potluck Sunday we had solid
evidence that members like to eat southwestern casseroles, a
wide-variety of salads and diet-busting desserts. Make-your-own
ice cream sundae with additives to compete with the apple pie,
homemade brownies and other desserts proved additional member
skills. Four new members were added to the Board of
Directors—Joanne ”Copper” Phillips, Stanley Morganstern, “Cookie”
Morganstern, and Howard Myers. Copper was a former city council
candidate, AZ State Dept. of Special Education administrator, and
is an ardent horsewoman. Stanley is a highly-respected attorney
and “Cookie” is an experienced 26 year Ohio city councilwoman and
former Vice Mayor (attachments) . Howard Myers is a retired
systems engineer, President of the Desert Property Owners
Association, Chaired the 2012 Keep Scottsdale Special political
committee and is an expert photographer. Marilynn Atkinson, Sandra
Schenkat and Linda Whitehead were re-elected. The board now has
ten members. . ....to join COGS is
$10/year....check out the website at
Transit Changes Proposed:
Do you ride the Camelback Road route 50 bus? What if it terminated
at Fashion Square. A new-route Scottsdale Trolley would begin at
Fashion Square and continue on Camelback Road eastward to Granite
Reef Road then northward to Chaparral Road then eastward to
Scottsdale Community College. It would service the W & Best
Western/SunDial Hotels, Camelback Shadows, Camelback Towers, Le
Cordon Bleu Culinary School, Navajo Grade School, Scottsdale
Estates, Caballo Ranchos, some of Chateau de Vie and other
adjacent residential neighborhoods. Details are available at this
Send your comments to
before Tuesday evening when they will make a decision.
Other transit council agenda items:
(1) to discontinue the Day Tripper because of expense and low
ridership (2) to Fund the Downtown Trolley with $300,000 in hotel
bed taxes previously used to fund the Day Tripper and $150,000
Transportation Department operating funds (primarily
transportation-dedicated city sales tax and Federal Grant funds)
and (3) to fund the new Camelback Trolley with $385,000 in
Transportation Department operating funds (primarily
transportation-dedicated city sales tax and Federal Grant funds).
The Scottsdale City Council agreed at a recent Work Study Session
not to add a non-discrimination ordinance. The Chair of
Legislative District 23 Democrats stated:
"We're planning to attend both meetings and to work within the
established City processes to try and advance a non-discrimination
ordinance. We feel that urging the City Council to allow
public input on this topic is the next logical step. My Rapid
Response e-mail of April 10th doesn't call for picketing, but does
call for recipients to be in attendance at both meetings or to
contact the Council members directly." - Brion Neeley, Chair, LD23
David N Smith is sending the following reply to all e-mails
received on the topic. (quote)
“As I admitted when Council met to discuss this issue, I have
reservations about the city adopting an LGBT ordinance.
Generally, I do not favor creating laws and regulations
which defy objective measurement.
I do not want to empower city staff with the authority to
decide whether a complex business decision involved the intangible
behavior of discrimination, then further decide the violator
should be subject to civil prosecution. I accept the fact
that well-intentioned people may have quite different views on the
same question. I
respect your views and appreciate you sharing. Thank you for
taking the time to write. David “
(end of quote)
Museum of the West oral presentations:
Not been there yet? The speaker series provides a fuller dimension
to celebrating our Western Spirit. The west is embodied in
every displayed pistol, handcuff, spur, saddle, old west movie,
women rodeo competitor artifacts and the top-quality artwork.
Family affordability is the inexpensive entry fee and the bargain.$25
full year membership that allows you to enter repeatedly.
The location is Marshall Way south of Main Street—north of the
Loloma Art Center and former Loloma Transit Station at 1st Street.
Thursday, April 16 | 6:30 p.m.
Creating a Cultural Cachet: How
Scottsdale Evolved from Farm Town to the Southwest's Epicenter of
Arts and Culture
Presented by Joan Fudala
April 23 | 6:30 p.m.
Present in the Past: The Pottery Art of
Maria Martinez, Margaret Tafoya and Tony Da
Thursday, April 30 | 6:30 p.m.
Architectural Tour of Western Spirit Museum
Christiana Moss, AIA
City Council Consent and Regular Items on Tuesday, April 14th
(Channel 11 TV)
The Reserve at Pinnacle Peak Patio (Capella)
Termination of the Development Agreement on the Capella project
that was never built on the 27 acres at the NE and NW corners of
North 102 Street and East Jomax Road. McDowell Road pedestrian
and streetscape improvements right-of-way easements
acquisition from Scottsdale Rd to Miller Rd. SkySong Ground
http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/Asset57899.aspx SE corner of
McDowell Rd/Scottsdale Rd. to approve a zoning district map
amendment for the 40 acre site that would change site development
standards, increase the allowed height from 60 ft. to 90 ft.
(exclusive of rooftop appurtenances), change building setbacks
from curbs and stepback of vertical floor requirements, amend the
Permitted Uses and eliminate the C-S, C-O zoning districts from
the list of P-C comparable zoning districts. Dulatahu v. City
of Scottsdale etal negligence lawsuit settlement out of court
for $25,000 payment. Bahai Live/Work Lofts and Townhomes, LLC
http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/Asset57900.aspx is an
agreement that in exchange for $868,836.60 to be used by the City
for the construction of special public improvements, the developer
will receive bonuses in gross floor area and building height. Op
the link to read a chart that shows some of those funds go to
WestWorld area city projects.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: 7 PM This Thursday—The Community Council of
Scottsdale monthly speaker meeting is April 16th, 2015.
The guest speaker will be Nathan Pryor, the Government
the Maricopa Association of Governments.(MAG)
Mr. Pryor will give an overview of the regional role and
responsibilities of MAG. This includes the organizational
leadership, responsibilities in accordance with federal and state
directives, programmatic activities, and highlights of how the
regional transportation network is planned and the role of
citizens in the planning process. They always welcome new faces.
Please note, the meeting starts promptly at 7:00 PM.
8415 E Pepper
is requesting approval for a front yard setback on a corner lot
4302 N Scottsdale Rd.
requests approval of site plan, landscape plan and building
elevations for renovations of an existing restaurant
26601 N. 122 St
near Rio Verde Drive ..requests approval to abandon several
right-of-ways to allow golf course expansion
AND approval for a preliminary plat to combine approximately
650+/- acres to create a two-parcel subdivision plat. The proposed
two-parcel subdivision could potentially contain golf course and
7809 and 7803 E. McDowell Rd requests approval for a fuel
center caseid=44851 7517
E. Greenway Rd
requests approval of a new 13,712 square foot hangar building on a
The applicant wants to appeal the Zoning Administrator's decision
regarding special event signage for Green Bee Produce, a mobile
Cactus Road and 124th Street. requests approval for
modifications to the East Cactus Road & North 124th Street
Intersection, and to install a multi-use path from North 128th
Street to North 124th Street in the East Cactus Road alignment.
9890 N.90th St
requests approval of a site plan, landscape plans and building
elevations for a new 3,000 square foot restaurant
10424 E Jomax Rd--Near Jomax Road and Pinnacle Peak Parkway.
requests approval for a Master Design Concept and 50 lot
Preliminary Plat for the Reserve at Pinnacle Peak Patio
26032 N. 88th Way-near Desert Highlands Drive/89th St.
requests approval of a variance pertaining to wall height within
the required front yard setback.caseid=44823
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Scottsdale (COGS) Board of Directors,
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8924 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Suite G5, PMB 518
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
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