Good evening, COGS E-Newsletter Reader.
Citizen advocacy groups such as COGS are supportive of projects
that BENEFIT the area neighborhoods and the city. Our
volunteer hours are rewarded when providing information and
guidance results in an agreement between the homeowners and the
developer. This past month has had two such positive outcomes.
Now...on to other land issues as Dynamite/Pima Road, 96th & Shea
Blvd and the Jomax & 110th St/Diamond Mountain proposed
projects have strong neighborhood opposition. Downtown is
not immune from land issues. The Arts District needs updated
infrastructure as does the Original Old Town area. Our city
is aging. The city council will probably seek a November
2015 Bond Election to address some priority projects. Subsequent
newsletters will provide the reader with facts so that YOU can
determine the level of your support.
There was standing
room only at the public meeting tonight because “It’s Back!!!”
Yes, the third attempt for public
support for an energy/ gas station, restaurant and retail on 10
acres on the NW corner of Pima and Dynamite has happened. Earlier
attempts were overwhelmingly opposed by area residents. Why
now? There are very high vacancy rates in the closest commercial
locations (Scottsdale Rd/Lone Mountain Rd and east of Pima Rd on
Dynamite). Add to that information that recently several
Commercially-zoned parcels in northern Scottsdale have been
down-zoned to Residential.
This is indicative that need
or demand for additional commercial space doesn’t exist.
The project acreage is currently zoned R1-190 which is
approximately 5 acre lots and is located across the street from a
planned major access to Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
The presenter emphasized the value to the
community to park your horse trailer or tie up your horse after a
ride and to stop for a morning coffee or lunch. Cheaper gasoline
at the Texaco station while buying your swimming pool needs at the
General Store was another plus. The rendering of the complex
showed deep setbacks from the roads and access from both Dynamite
Road and Pima Road. No commitment was heard when the
part-owner was asked if the restaurant was going to have outside
music on the patio. There will be more public open houses and
Homes proposed project at Pima Road/Los Gatos Drive has reached
Another contentious development proposal has been resolved to the
benefit of adjacent homeowners with the assistance of COGS.
The location is 59 acres on the east side of Pima Road at Los
Gatos Drive, between Thompson Peak Parkway and Pinnacle Peak Road,
adjacent to a Rural
Neighborhood with homes on
nearly acre-sized lots. The
original proposal was a rezoning to
smaller 10,000 sq. ft. lots to accommodate 100 homes.
contacted and asked for assistance in early February, COGS met
with the neighbors to the north and east of the parcel on several
occasions and counseled them on city policies and processes and
what the applicable codes and ordinances, including the very
important Environmentally Sensitive Land Ordinance, (ESLO)
would and would not allow.
An enforceable agreement between one of the adjacent homeowners
and the developer. Now there
will be 50 homes (1/2 the original proposal) and a density
of just under one residence per acre which is compatible with the
properties to the east.
That agreement also specified tract Natural Area Open Space (NAOS)
along the east and northern boundary to buffer the neighbors whose
lots abut those property lines, minimum front and side yard
setbacks, and no mass grading
– construction envelopes will
be required, thereby
preserving large stands of mature native vegetation.
Included in the development request is a non-major General Plan
Amendment to amend the development classification for this site
from Suburban Residential to Rural Residential.
Congratulations homeowners--another win for vigilant and engaged
neighbors with assistance from COGS.
Mighty Mud Mania is
this Saturday, June 6th.
love this age-divided event in Chaparral Park (north of Chaparral
and east of Hayden Road). Come early morning to register for the
sloppy and challenging muddy course. Volunteers are always
needed so come in your adult grubs to help hose off kids!
Thursday June 4th is
the FREE “Innovative Green Built Scottsdale Projects
as part of the city-hosted
Green Building Lecture Series
from 7 pm to 8:30 pm in the Granite Reef Senior Center on the NW
corner of McDowell Road and Granite Reef Road.
Who’s building green in downtown Scottsdale
and the southern part of the city? Find out at Scottsdale’s
upcoming June green building lecture on innovative green projects.
Hear about a mixed-use adaptive reuse and multi-family infill
projects in walkable mixed-use neighborhoods. Christina Noble,
Contour Architecture and Ed Gorman, Modus Development will discuss
the challenges and successes with innovative residential and
commercial projects that exemplify principles of resource
conservation, energy independence and healthy living.
For the Coalition of Greater
Scottsdale (COGS) Board of Directors,
Sonnie Kirtley, Chair
Coalition of Greater Scottsdale
7904 E. Chaparral Rd., Suite 110, PMB 127
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
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