Good evening COGS E-News Reader.
Thank you for taking your time to be informed. Let’s begin
with your September calendar of important Scottsdale
government-related events. Then we’ll movon to some Hot
Issues and give you updates
Government-related CALENDAR: Tomorrow , Thurs, Sept 10th 7:30 to 9
am Mayor’s free Breakfast in the Civic Center library
honoring its 60th Anniversary celebration 5:30
to 6:30 pm inside Fashion Square is the Neighborhood/Public
meeting about the proposed additional buildings and height.
The location is in the western end of the Lower Mall in Bebe’s.
Look for signs. 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm 2nd Outpost project
public meeting at Copper Ridge Elementary School. Wednesday,
Sept 16th 9 am in SkySong is the Tourism Task Force meeting.
4 pm Planning Commission holds the hearing on the CVS
request to change zoning standards for 96th/Shea and four other
Commercial Office locations in the city to allow
commercial/retail next to residential neighborhoods.
Sept 17th General Plan Public Input sessions in
SkySong on McDowell Rd/Scottsdale Road.
Session 1 is 11 am to 1 pm. Session 2 is 5 pm to 8 pm.
Staff will be at separate tables representing sections of the GP
Draft. You are encouraged to provide recommendations for changes
to the text or point out elements you support.
7 pm The Community
Council of Scottsdale public meeting features Councilman
Guy Phillips discussing the Nov 3rd Scottsdale Bond Election
request for $ 95,000,000. The location is Granite Reef Senior
Center, Room 8.
Scottsdale Bond Election Nov 3rd: What are the
proposed projects packaged in the six ballot questions.? How
much will it cost? Click on this Information link
Early ballots can be ordered beginning Sept. 14th. Call 602 506
1511 or order on line. Hot Issue:
The Arts District has organized retailers, restaurateurs, gallery
owners and art-related business owners and submitted two petitions
to City Council in the past two weeks. The first petition has more
than 200 business supporters in the 5th Avenue/Stetson, Marshal
Way and Main Street Arts District and the Old Town District. They
are challenging the authority of the Special Events
Committee to approve retail market/temporary tents on
city property under the current Ordinance authority. Additionally
they are requesting specific changes in the updated Special Events
Ordinance being written by city staff by the end of 2015. City
action on maintenance and infrastructure deterioration are
additional area concerns. The audience in the first council
meeting gasped when it was revealed that a tent market held
Thursdays and Sundays on the public trolley Marshall Bridge over
the Arizona Canal pays a mere $159 total for a plus 6-month
use. There is no identified rental fee for the city
property. This was also revealed in August that RockBar on
Craftsman’s Court extends into the full city alley for its Special
Events at no revenue to the city. Hot
Issue: Officials from the Town of Paradise Valley to our
west have been in discussions with Scottsdale officials about
de-annexation of acreage inside the PV city limits over to
Scottsdale so commercial-retail can occur near Indian
Bend Road & Scottsdale Road. You will recall that the Town of PV
allows no “commercial/retail”. A COGS Board member has
requested records of those meetings using the Freedom of
Information Act. Scottsdale staff members have denied such
meetings but a PV official said they have had 6 or 7 meetings.
Next Issue: Why is the General Plan 2035 so important to a
Scottsdale resident? How can it be written to protect your
neighborhood? Whose “vision” of our city should prevail and
dictate the policies and guidelines of Scottsdale in the future?
Do we write it for the next generation or to preserve and support
the current residents? Is it possible to do both?
THE COGS ANNUAL POTLUCK is scheduled for Sunday, October
25th beginning at 5 PM. You are encouraged to come
whether a paid $10 annual dues member or not. It is a
dynamic gathering of adults who care about their city.
Previous years have proven great talents in the kitchen as the
casseroles, salads and desserts are amazing. The location is on a
private home patio near downtown Scottsdale. Feel free to
bring friends. When you RSVP to
firstname.lastname@example.org we will send
you the address.
For the Coalition of Greater
Scottsdale (COGS) Board of Directors,
Sonnie Kirtley, Chair e-mail
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7904 E. Chaparral Rd., Suite 110, PMB 127
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
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