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WHAT IF? saved, planned and several years ago were able to invest in your dream home with equestrian facilities on 5 acres in northern Scottsdale.  Your children grow up learning responsibility by raising and caring for a horse.  Your family lifestyle is safe because the Rural Neighborhood Land Use zoning is protected by the Desert Foothills Character Area Plan and Foothills Overlay that Scottsdale residents drafted and council approved many years ago.  Also, the citywide General Plan 2001 does not allow commercial in a Rural Neighborhood such as this.  Then comes HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?

This coming Tuesday, December 1 at 5 pm the Scottsdale City Council members will decide to approve or deny a request to rezone from Rural Neighborhood to Commercial on the NW corner of the Dynamite and Pima Road intersection. The proposed project is for a gas station, retail and possible restaurant. This project called The Outpost has been submitted several times and was always met with strong area residents' opposition. Even the Scottsdale Planning Department recommends denial.
Please go to our COGS website for the COGS' arguments in support of the residents. If you agree, please quickly send your comments of support to Thank You!

Interestingly, the developer has posted a Monkey Survey showing images of a western-appearing set of buildings and asks if the reader would support a northern Scottsdale location. It totally fails to disclose the fact that it is a specific case before city council and if approved, it would be invading and potentially devaluing an existing residential, rural neighborhood. Additionally, the Mayor's office has received a couple of e mails that deny signing and sending a Form Letter of support for the gas station and retail. Is this e mail address hacking?

TWO HOT ISSUES HAVE BEEN EXTINGUISHED.  The five hour Transportation Commission hearing Thursday evening resulted in a "win" for the Villa Monterey communities and the Downtown merchants and property owners.The commissioners voted to support the Transportation Department recommendation to city council to NOT widen Chaparral Road from 78th Street to Miller Road and to NOT narrow Scottsdale Road south of Camelback Road.  Marilynn Atkinson of Atkinson's Trading Post in Old Town reminded the commissioners that years ago Scottsdale Road was a narrow two lane road and to improve traffic flow, it was widened to the current two lanes southward, one left turn lane and two lanes northward. Frederika Ranucci alerted the commissioners that a petition opposing the narrowing has the signature of one merchant or owner from each of the 174 businesses in the Scottsdale Road negatively impacted area. Thank you to the other residents who spoke--community input was very important.

Saturday Only, November 21st 
Arts & Crafts Fair 9 am to 3 pm in the Granite Reef Senior Center 1700 N. Granite Reef Road; Eldorado Fishing Expo 8 am to 11 am FREE  2311 N Miller Road; Shred It  8 am to 10 am in the Northsight Walmart parking lot $3 per box

Sunday Only, November 22nd 
Scottsdale Philharmonic Concert 4 pm Scottsdale Bible Church 7601 E Shea Blvd.Follow the signs to the correct building. They will also have three spring concerts.
Saturday AND Sunday
ArtFest of Scottsdale 2015 10 am to 5 pm FREE in downtown Civic Center; Finale Hunter/Jumper competition 8 am to 5 pm FREE in WestWorld on north Pima Road/Loop 101; Good Guys Hot Rod Show 8 am to 4 pm and 8 am to 3 pm in WestWorld
Tuesday, November 24th 
"Gobble til you Wobble" 1 pm Via Linda Senior Center Thanksgiving dinner $7 for residents and $11 nonresidents  10440 E. Via Linda Drive.

NOTE: The city will not pick up recycling on Thanksgiving Day.  If Thursday is your typical collection days, it will take place one day later--Friday.  Friday homes will be serviced on Saturday, November 28th.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Why are Bond Election signs still on intersections?  Isn't there a 10 day removal deadline then a fine?

from the Coalition of Greater Scottsdale (COGS) Board of Directors


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