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06/15/15

Good morning, COGS E-Newsletter Reader. Important public meetings occur in the next two weeks. See the list below.  COGS continues as a non-profit citizens’ organization to advocate for land planning decisions that support the residents’ and small business owners’ city vision. What is written in the proposed General Plan 2035 becomes guidelines/policies for city council and commissioner decisions that affect every homeowner, neighborhood, business and our tourism industry in Scottsdale.  At this time, we respectfully recommend tweaks, clarifications, improved definitions and importantly, a revised land category matrix that provides greater neighborhood protection in the use of Minor and Major General Plan Amendments. (Major requires 5 to 2 minimum council vote to approve a proposed project  It also requires greater City  Council discussion and public outreach.)  Thank you for taking your valuable time to be informed.

PLEASE PRINT THE FOLLOWING OR MARK YOUR CALENDAR AND ATTEND IF AT ALL POSSIBLE:

 Thursday 18 June  7 pm to 8:30 pm  The Bond Election will be the topic of Councilwoman Kathy Littlefield at the public meeting of the Community Council of Scottsdale. At the beginning of the meeting, Nancy Cantor of Scottsdale Coalition will provide a brief update on a Scottsdale Unified School District issue. Come to room 8 in the NW corner of the Granite Reef Senior Center. (NWC of McDowell Rd/Granite Reef Rd) . Ride the free trolley if you are near the southern neighborhood route.

 Friday 19 June noon to 2 pm Your city wants feedback on “all things bike”. Join the Transportation Department staff in the Community Design Studio (church-like bldg.)  7506 E. Indian School Road, to talk “all things bike.” Share your ideas to help Scottsdale continue to be a safe, healthy, bike-friendly city. Get information on the city’s bikeways network, Transportation Master Plan, education and enforcement activities and the Tourism Advisory Task Force’s Bike Strategy. They will also gather your ideas on ways to improve cycling in Scottsdale. Attendees can enter a drawing to win several raffle prizes, and everyone will receive a reusable grocery bag. ...Can’t attend on the 19th?  Please consider attending a second bike discussion from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, at the same location.

Tuesday 23 June  4 pm start for the City Council’s General Plan 2035 Work Study Session in the Kiva (city hall), 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. The General Plan is the primary tool for guiding future development and character of the city over the next 20 years. State law requires the city to update its General Plan every 10 years and the first attempt was rejected by the voters. We are of the opinion that there are still some edits needed.  This is the Public Comment period and COGS has submitted specific Recommendations and Rationale for each on our website  www.cogsaz.net . Contact us at board@cogsaz.net if you would like us to send electronic versions to your personal computer. 

Thursday, 25 June Public Comment meeting on the Preserve’s Cultural Resources Master Plan You are invited to provide feedback on the draft Cultural Resources Master Plan for the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Cultural resources include archaeological and historical sites, architecture, artifacts and landscape features. The meeting will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Florence Ely Nelson Desert Park, 8950 E. Pinnacle Peak Road. There will be a brief presentation at 6 p.m., followed by breakout sessions addressing various topics. When completed, the plan will guide decisions related to the interpretation, protection and management of resources. The draft plan will be posted on the city’s website Wednesday, June 24. Those who can’t attend the meeting can provide feedback online.

COGS recommends changes for the General Plan 2035 city draft Although several COGS members were appointed by city council to the GP Task Force and that work ended after nearly two years, we’ve taken a slow and careful look at that proposed product.  During this Public Comment period, we invite you to open the “COGS Rationale” to review the months of our respectfully submitted “tweaks” . COGS will support assurances that the final text represents the Scottsdale residents’ city vision and the preservation and support for our expected quality of life. The attachment shares WHY we deemed changes important.  As always, we invite your comments and recommendations. As citizen advocates for our city, we want to support the finished, ballot-ready product.

     For the Coalition of Greater Scottsdale (COGS) Board of Directors, 

     Sonnie Kirtley, Chair e-mail sonniek@cogsaz.net 

     Coalition of Greater Scottsdale

     7904 E. Chaparral Rd., Suite 110, PMB 127

     Scottsdale, AZ 85250

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