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Good evening, COGS E-Newsletter Reader: Community meetings a-plenty this week with topics from Indian culture and history to northern Scottsdale Road development to LBGT issues forum. School performances affect land issues so we have linked the Scottsdale School District AZ Auditor General Report for your review. There are many new land cases at the bottom of this newsletter—any near you?

 Tuesday, May 19th 6 to 8 pm A community forum on issues impacting the LGBT community in Scottsdale will be held at the North Scottsdale United Methodist Church at 11735 N. Scottsdale Road (between Shea and Cactus Rd). At all recent city council meetings during Public Comment the speaker’s request has been for the city to sign a protective ordinance for LGBT residents. A Unity Pledge was approved by the current council but they voted not to approve an ordinance. This will be an important discussion.

Wednesday, May 20th 6 pm Attend the Greater Pinnacle Peak Association-sponsored public meeting at Florence Ely Nelson Desert Park building (formerly La Mirada Park), 8950 E. Pinnacle Peak Road,.  The park is located immediately east of the La Mirada Shopping Center.This meeting is an opportunity for you and your neighbors to learn and ask questions about proposals that will shape the character and future of north Scottsdale and the completion of the the city’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve.  Is there an alternative to these proposals? Greater Pinnacle Peak Association, State Land Department, and City of Scottsdale officials will make presentations. A professional will facilitate the audience and  presenter dialogue. The meeting is being organized by the Greater Pinnacle Peak Association – Friends of the Scenic Drive as a community service. Admission if free, seating is limited, and  advance registration is encouraged  Register now at their website or for more information email  or visit  or call (480) 361-6498.

Thursday, May 21st 7 pm  Learn about the history of the O’Odham and Pipaash cultures on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community when the Community Council of Scottsdale hosts Valerie Lewis. Our fellow advocacy group will be meeting in the Granite Reef Senior Center auditorium room at 7 to 8:30 pm. The speaker is the Cultural Outreach Coordinator. The senior center is at the NW corner of McDowell Road and Granite Reef Road—enter from the east.

Scottsdale School District’s report card from the State of Arizona Auditor General:  COGS focus is on land issues but the content of the SUSD report from the Auditor General definitely has impact on current property values, voters’ support for schools, and subsequently who wants to stay and support the community.  We have a COGS Board Member who has served in the State of Arizona Department of Education as a top administrator for Special Education programs.  We share those expert summary comments with our readers here.

RECENT LAND CASES—Are any near you?   

Near Osborn Road and Miller Road. The applicant is requesting approval to repaint an existing 62 unit apartment building located at 3620 N. Miller Road.

CASE#21-DR-2015, e-case 44915

 Near 75th Street and 6th Avenue. The applicant is requesting approval for the site plan, landscape plan and building elevations for a second floor addition located at 4325 N. 75th St.

CASE#53-DR-2001#2  e-case 44917 and 44916  to modify the property development standards to allow for a second floor addition CASE#6-ZN-2015,

 SE Corner of Cave Creek Road and Bartlett Lake Road.  The applicant is requesting approval to update the existing Master Environmental Design Concept Plan for 353+/- acres, associated with case 17-PP-2014 located south and east of Cave Creek Road and Bartlett Dam Road. e-case 44296    CASE#1-MP-2005#2,

 Near Drinkwater Boulevard and First Avenue. The applicant is requesting approval of a monument dedicated to the citizens of Scottsdale, from any branch of the Armed Forces, who have lost their lives in service of our country located at 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.  CASE#22-DR-2015,  e-case 44925

 Near Scottsdale Road and Princess Boulevard. The applicant is requesting approval of the site plan, elevations and landscape plans for a relocation of existing western theme town located at 7575 E. Princess Drive.  CASE#23-DR-2015,  e case=44935

 Near Cochise Road and 131st Street. The applicant is requesting approval for abandonment of 33 feet of GLO easement along the west and east property lines of a 4.3 +/- acre parcel located at 13102 E. Cochise Road.  CASE#7-AB-2012#2,  e-case=44936

 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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