COGS Readers:This is probably the most important COGS E-Newsletter
you have received in our 8years as an organization. You are being
encouraged to be involved in ourcity’sguidelines for the future.
Please take the time to read all of thisnewsletter.Thank you!The
COGS Board ofDirectors.
IMPORTANT IS YOUR CITY TO YOU?
What qualities helped you to choose Scottsdale as your home
and not Gilbert, Carefree, Cave Creek, Town of Paradise Valley
or other residential option?
Are you proud to show your city to visitors?
Are there areas and qualities of the city that you consider
valuable assets to be protected? …areas that need
revitalization and/or improved maintenance attention?
…areas that need better planning to contribute to a
positive tourist experience?
Are you concerned or supportive of city government decisions
that have changed the physical appearance from a small town to
an urban center?
Decisions made by the city council and council-appointed
commissioners are changing the look and feel of our city causing
us to ask the above questions.
So, what guidelines are they supposed to follow to support
the residents’ VISION for Scottsdale?
It is called the
THE GENERAL PLAN Is a written document that provides guidance for
future development in the city, ordinances, regulations,
initiatives and city capital projects to ensure that the
residents’ vision is achieved.
. But HOW it is interpreted by city officials and staff
can be supportive or detrimental to that vision and the future
appearance and reputation
The importance of the
final language in the proposed General Plan 2035, cannot be
understated—it must be clear and not subject to “creative
NOW is the Scottsdale
Public Input Period to hear your recommendations and to make final changes on the
DRAFT General Plan 2035 before it goes to the City Council for
approval to place it on the November 2016 ballot. It must be
approved by 5 of the 7 council members. In the meantime, the
current 2001 General Plan is active and the city decisions
represent those 14 year old guidelines.
By state statute, all Arizona voters are asked to approve
an updated version of their city’s General Plan every 10 years.
Please mark your calendar and attend a Public Session of the DRAFT
General Plan 2035 this coming
Thursday, September 17th, 11 am to 1 pm
or 5 pm to 7
Attend one or both
identical sessions in Sky Song at the SE corner of McDowell Road
and Scottsdale Road in the Synergy Room.
Why go? Look at the
COGS’s original question
“How important is your city to you?
It is your city and your opinions are extremely valuable to
direct its future.
You can prepare yourself with some “homework”.
There are 8 chapters beginning with an Executive Summary.
That is a lot of reading!
COGS encourages you to focus on Chapter 1: Character &
Design and Land Use Elements as they directly affect the
development, character, density, use intensity and other changes
that impact your quality of life. This is where COGS
recommendations are focused.
Use the following link to review only Chapter 1.
We suggest you write down your specific recommendations and
comments and bring them with you. Each room table will be a
different General Plan chapter awaiting your valuable and
A full review the entire proposed General Plan 2035 is at this
What are COGS’s recommendations to improve the DRAFT General Plan
Protect Rural Neighborhoods and large lot residential and equestrian
Protect Open Space (pristine desert and mountains) and Developed Open
Space (golf courses, public parks)
Establish the importance of Resorts and Tourism as economic drivers
that provide our residents with high-quality amenities and promote
us as a Tourist Destination.
Protect residential neighborhoods from requested change in zoning
that does not clearly meet the goals and policies and strategies
embodied within an adopted Character Area Plan or that changes an
existing Character Area Plan or boundary.
It should be a Major General Plan Amendment and require
more than a 4-3 (majority) vote of City Council to be approved.
For Scottsdale an amendment to the General Plan should be defined as
a Major Amendment (requires 5 of 7 council members’ approval) if
it meets any one of the “trigger” criteria.
The trigger criteria in the Draft
General Plan 2035 are:
Major change in land use as shown in the table shown on page 76 of
the 2035 General Plan
A land use change involving 10 or more acres
A change in a Character Area that does not meet the criteria of
that Character Area.
A change that generates a pre-mature increase in water or
A change to this Major Amendment criteria or a change to any of
the General Plan land use designations
A change to the boundaries or creation of a new “growth area”.
A change in boundary or creation of a new land use overlay.
Exceptions to the above criteria are listed here. A land use
change involving 10 or more acres
The following is a Link to city website and current procedures, as
stated in the 2001 General Plan: http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/Assets/Public+Website/generalplan/MajorAmendmentCriteria.pdf
It is your city and its
future is in your hands.
If you cannot attend, you can
register your comments on the city website.
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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