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Thanks for taking your time to be an informed resident.
Roosevelt Lake will be a “search and rescue” training zone in
June—might want to go to another lake. The Planning Commission and
City Council both met this week and the summary is below.The City
Council is directing staff to plan for a 2015 Bond Election to get
those high-priority infrastructure projects before the voters in
November. The Jomax Road area homeowners get an A plus for
their organized, clear and concise presentations during the
hearing Wednesday evening. What is the Return-on-Investment report
card for Arizona?
Planning summer boating or camping at Roosevelt Lake?
A Temporary Military Operations Area will be activated over
Roosevelt Lake in the Tonto National Forest in eastern Arizona for
combat search and rescue training from
June 1 through June 13.
For more information, please
Planning Commission decisions
Approved 7-0 Gas Station Text Amendment
that changes the word “lot” to the word “parcel”. This will allow
more than one lot to be used to meet the minimum land area
requirement of 22,500 sq.ft.
Approved 7-0 Airport Zoning Repeal Text
Amendment. This repeals
Appendix A-Airport Zoning. Details in case 4-TA-2015. After many
public comments on the Diamond Mountain Estates request to amend
the zoning district at 11020 E. Jomax Road, the commissioners
voted 7-0 to Continue the hearing
with the encouragement for the owner to be responsive to the
neighbors’ concerns and proposals. Chairman Ed Grant
completes six years/2 terms on the Planning Commission.
Commissioner Edwards was elected to the Chairmanship and
Commissioner Kush to Vice Chairman. Erin Perrault of the
Long Range Planning Department presented information on the
General Plan 2035 draft background, public participation, process,
Vision, and Community Values and Aspirations. The COGS
Readers can review the current GP draft at this link
More on the proposed Diamond Mountain Estates.
This Jomax Road/110th Street location is
incredibly beautiful, sloped vacant native desert land with large
boulders. The neighbors understand that development will occur on
it some day. That day is “soon” but a second continuance by
the Planning Commissioners sent the developer back to the
conference table with the area homeowners. The land owner
originally requested to change the current rural zoning from
R1-190/ESL for the 50 plus gross acres to multiple zonings
of smaller acreage. [30.4 acres to R1-35/ESL, 8.8 acres to
R1-43/ESL and 10.4 acres to R1-70]. The owner’s
presentation indicated 29 lots. The R1-190/ESL could be 11 lots
according to testimony. The homeowners on the eastern side are
100% opposed and the majority on the northern side are opposed.
Twenty homeowners met with the owner’s
representative on April 2nd and again on the 20th. The homeowners
were willing to accept a 150 foot buffer between the proposed
project and their bordering property. They would agree to 2 lots
on the east and 20 lots on the west plus additional lot size
details. The owner’s response on April 20th was (a ) no
buffer (b )prefer 29 lots ( c ) would not delete Lot 6 (d ) could
eliminate Lot 7 as unbuildable (e ) may change building envelopes.
Commissioner statements narrowed on the seemingly unwillingness of
the developer to negotiate with the homeowners. Then the
homeowners strongly requested denial of the project stating no
further discussions with the owner/attorney would be fruitful.
Commissioner Kush is an experienced contractor/builder in this
area and he took issue with the obvious need to grade and fill to
create building pads and that means high walls. He asked if a
retaining wall analysis had been completed. The reply was a
9 ft. X 120 ft. in length wall was a potential to create a house
site. When asked if the owner would build or they would sell
to others, there was not a direct answer. The commissioners voted
7-0 to continue the hearing to May 27th with the encouragement to
“resolve with the neighbors”.
City Council Study Session—Bond Election.
Tuesday 4/21 the City Council met in a work study session (no
votes). They reached a consensus on the following: (1)
Direct staff to prepare for a November 2015 Bond Election (2)
Focus on 21 priority projects that total $98,660,000.
Councilman David Smith stated that our city assets have
depreciated $103 million and last year we invested only $18
million. Investments were in streets and other infrastructure
projects that are aging. Councilman Guy Phillips gained support to
include a statement in the Voter’s Information Booklet that “not
all voter approved items may be funded”. This was explained
that all intentions would be to fund and construct but that
unknowns in the fiscal future could result in unpredictable costs
or other negative financial environment. Councilwoman Milhaven
recommended these six ballot groupings: Police, Fire, Road
Improvements (includes bike lanes, paving, transportation), Parks,
Flood Control and Technology and Upgrades.
Council requests to be on the next Regular meeting agenda:
Councilman Phillips requested an FAA presentation on the increased
airplane noise over the city. (COGS note: go to NextGen website
as a resource). Councilman Smith requested for staff to present
claiming options for the city’s 1.5 acres of land we are suppose
to have on the SkySong site.
This is the complex at the SE corner of Scottsdale Road and
McDowell Road where the council recently approved a 90 ft.--108
ft. with rooftop appurtenances-- building. COGS supports that the
city is entitled to useful land. Why not at the corner
for a pedestrian-friendly pocket park?
City Treasurer’s Report:
Police overtime was up 32% for the cost of approximately $800,000.
It had been estimated at $500 K so there was a 40% increase in
actual cost. The police used 89,000 overtime hours. They request
planning for 120,000 hours in 2015-16. The Fire Department
has a reduced staff (injury leave was mentioned) and they need to
Transit Changes Council supported
Camelback Road free trolley to be added:
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
The Downtown Trolley route
will change in October plus a briefer wait at trolley stops.
The Day Tripper/formerly the
Hospitality Trolley will be
terminated up Scottsdale Road to hotel stops as expensive and poor
ridership. It only ran during tourist season.
AZ report card:
Phoenix Business Journal
article on AZ taxpayer return-on-investment for dollars
paid to the state in comparison to other states:
Infrastructure - 24th
Education - 39th
Health Service - 16th
Public Safety - 40th
Economy - 45th
Pollution - 30th
earlier studies, Arizona ranked seventh among states as
dependent on federal government spending and ranked
20th lowest in
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