Congratulations to the Diamond Mountain area neighbors!
Tonight was a victory to save your rural area. (see details
below). Third time? When is an “energy station” really a gas
station? Have you eaten Mesquite pancakes? Thank you for
taking the time to read our brief evening COGS E-Newsletter.
work by a well-organized northern Scottsdale group of
The threat to
their rural area was thwarted with their factual and passionate
opposition speeches at the Planning Commission hearing this
evening. During the past month, COGS met with the area homeowners,
viewed the site from various perimeter homes and worked closely
with them. The team clapped after the commissioners voted 4 to 1
to send a “denial recommendation to city council”on the
housing project. The Diamond Mountain Estates proposal for the
northern side of Jomax Road with entry streets at 110th and 112th
requested a zoning change from one dwelling per 5 acres to
multiple smaller acreage per dwelling. This Sonoran Desert
50 acres has high-priority NAOS (nature area open space)
environmental features including large boulders, natural washes
and a tall rocky mountain. The project first requested 30 lots on
50 acres clustered but still carving into slopes and removing
boulders and mature vegetation. The applicant/owner received two
continuances at prior hearings with the directive from the
commission to “meet with the neighbors and work out a compromise”.
No public/neighborhood meeting was scheduled by the developer.
With the threat of a Legal Protest by the eastern boundary
neighbors, the applicant withdrew that side of the project site
from the hearing and continued with the western side lesser
acreage. Although the project (1) was entitled to 8 to 9 lots on
37 acres the request was for
2.5 times greater density (2)
These requested densities are inconsistent with the community
written and approved Dynamite Foothills Character Plan that
recommends that existing
allowable densities under current zoning are appropriate
(3) Their graphic
illustrating the proposed cluster areas were on locations that had
15% to 25% slopes—unbuildable
and inconsistent with the 15% maximum slope allowed.
(4) To protect the unique environmental Diamond Mountain features,
all 50 acres should be one project/plan. Despite all
those existing “guidelines” the planning staff recommended
Fortunately the Planning Commissioners disagreed and supported the
rural character and the investment of existing area homeowners.
Next Hearing is City Council in June.
Every homeowner on the
perimeter of this project attended this hearing—and that is a long
drive to city hall...Thank you!
again on Pima and Dynamite—Case 390-PA-2015 rezone request from
Rural Neighborhood to Neighborhood Commercial.
The owner of a +/- 10 acre property on
the NW corner of Pima and Dynamite is back with his third attempt
to gain approval for a
gas station and
retail on that parcel.
attempts were overwhelmingly opposed by residents of the area.
The closest commercial facilities to the site (Scottsdale and Lone
Mountain Road and 1 ½ mile east of Pima on Dynamite) have very
high vacancy rates, and recently several commercially zoned
parcels in far north Scottsdale have been down-zoned to
residential,--all indicative of the lack of need or demand for
additional commercial space in the area.The site is currently
zoned R1-190 (approximately 5-acre lots) and is
across the street from what is planned
to be a major access area to Scottsdale’s Preserve.
Attend the public meeting Monday, June
1st at 6 pm in the Dream
Center Scottsdale First Assembly 28700 N. Pima Road—just north of
the 10 acres for more details.
Note--Ever tasted mesquite pancakes?
Join the lineup of hungry eaters at the
Salt River-Pima Community annual
Mesquite Pancake Breakfast held on
Saturday, June 13th @ 7 am
It is in the Two Waters Building located north of McDowell Road on
the intersection of Longmore and Osborn Road. Our COGS
members report that tasting mesquite pancakes will never make you
happy with the plain ole ones again.
For the Coalition of Greater
Scottsdale (COGS) Board of Directors,
Sonnie Kirtley, Chair e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Coalition of Greater Scottsdale
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Scottsdale, AZ 85250
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