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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 commission hearings.

 Camelot Homes proposed project at Pima Road/Los Gatos Drive has reached acceptable terms. 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.

Since being 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.  The result:  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. Kids 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

     8924 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Suite G5, PMB 518

     Scottsdale, AZ 85250

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