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Good afternoon, COGS E-Newsletter Reader.  What do you know about your city?   Population size ?  Unemployment %? ....  Are we really an aged population and not full of the young Millenniums that the apartments are being built for?  ....Are there any upcoming City Council agenda items you want to comment on? 

City Council Agendas:  Tomorrow-June 23rd beginning at 4 PM (not the usual 5 pm start)  Regular Agenda Fiscal Property Tax Levies and Streetlight District Property Tax Levies for 2015/2016 presentations and updates.  Work Study Session- #1 Fire Station Standards & Deployment Plan  #2 Scottsdale General Plan 2035   #3 Preserve Status Update.

Wednesday, July 1st Consent Agenda (one vote for all items, no public comment) 7 liquor license renewals, 4 conditional use permits and rezoning approvals for Silverleaf Parcel 5.9 A Final Plat (case 10-PP-2014), Astoria at 7930 E Gold Dust Avenue (case 55-ZN-1978#2), Wildcat Hill SE corner of N. Cave Creek Road/E. Bartlett Lake Road (case 17-ZN-2014), and Center for Recovering Families 4325 N 75th St. (case 6-ZN-2015). Additionally will be approval requests for financial agreements: Pinnacle Vista/Cavalliere Flat Culvert Development Agreement $200K transfer from city General Fund Capital Contingency; Pre-construction services for Indian School Park Lake rehab $39,000; On-call Water Resources Engineering Services contract increase per term from $1.5 to $3.0 million maximum amount; and Silverado Golf Course Edge Improvement appropriation transfer $160K; Scottsdale Convention & Visitors’ Bureau Marketing Plan approval; School Resource Officer Agreement with Cave Creek Unified School District and the security at University of Phoenix Intergovernmental Agreement and  reporting the Fiscal Year 2013/14 Operating Budget Adjustments.

Finally on the quick vote Consent Agenda is approving money from the city portion of the bed tax  (1) for fiscal year 2015/2016 authorizing $200K  to be used for events development (2) College Football Game Championship Event not to exceed $250,848  and (3) the Charles Schwab Cup Championship Event not to exceed $75K annually.

The Regular Agenda #28 Diamond Mountain Estates Rezoning (case 1-ZN-2011) has serious neighborhood opposition. If it is not withdrawn by the applicant, this will be interesting Channel 11 viewing. The neighbors on large acreage lots are opposing the request to change the existing 37 acres of single-family residential, Environmentally Sensitive Lands on R1-190 ESL [approximately one dwelling per 5 acres] zoning district to multiples of R-35/ESL on 25.62 acres and R1-43/ESL on 11.38 acres.  The application originally included the eastern 13 acres but after 100% of the adjacent homeowners threatened a Legal Protest, those parcels were withdrawn. This is pristine desert with some steep slopes and large boulders plus the statuesque Diamond Mountain. Clustered housing construction sites would require considerable grading, boulder destruction or removal and bulldozing mature desert vegetation. The location is 11020 East Jomax Road.

Thursday, July 2nd  5 pm  Military Order of the Purple Heart presentation.  No other agenda items are posted.  Council members may “attend” by telephone. They will then take their summer break.

Are you a member of an organization, association or on an HOA Board? Do YOU have an opinion on the future of your city? COGS encourages your Public Comment on the working draft of the General Plan 2035.  Two elements Character & Design and Land Use  are the focus of our volunteer group as these provide policies for development, density, intensity of land use and guidelines for city council and commissioner decisions. COGS recommendations are now available on the COGS website .   The entire working draft chapters as submitted by the 2014 General Plan Task Force are on the city website at    

Were you close on the answers?   Population 2013 was 226,918.    Unemployment 4% as of April 2015

     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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