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Good Morning, Please consider the many Scottsdale area holiday events during the coming weeks that we have listed below.  Hot Topics and details are available on our website . Are any of the new land cases near you?  Have safe holiday travels and please greet everyone on the Scottsdale sidewalks.  Remember to Shop Locally as that sales tax revenue finances our parks, senior facilities, recreation programs, and all those public amenities that continue to keep Scottsdale special.  (Kierland Commons is in Phoenix—on the western side of Scottsdale Road!)

 EVENTS:  Today!! Thursday at 1 pm in the Western Spirit: Museum of the West will be the OK Chorale musical holiday show with songs and stories of the old west. The location is on Marshal Way one block south of Main Street in the Arts District.  Birkett’s Winter Wonderland  at 8414 E Valley Vista Drive (east of Granite Reef Road and north of Chaparral Road) is a private home with animated displays of 250,000 lights. Hours are 6 to 9 pm through December 31st. $5 donations would be appreciated. [to pay the electric bill?] Chris Birkett is known as well for his Halloween displays that began in 1987.  McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park Holiday Lights 7301 E Indian Bend Road FREE  6:30 pm to 9 pm to January 2nd, but closed Dec 24,25 and 31. Desert Botanical Garden 1201 N Galvin Parkway. British artist Bruce Munro’s glowing fiber optics are an addition to the luminaries. $25 adult $12.50 children 3 to 12 years old. To control the crowd, registration is required at or call 480 481 8188. ArabHorse Farm Tours are Dec. 31 to January 3rd in participating northern Scottsdale Arab ranches. Free, but two local equine charities encourage you to purchase raffle tickets and bid in the auctions. Details at   The annual Southern Scottsdale Home Tour is returning Sunday, January 10, 2016. This year's tour, called "Innovation MOD," will feature some of Southern Scottsdale's most iconic Mid Century architecture and innovative Contemporary Modern homes.  The event will be held from 11 AM to 4 PM. Registration begins at 10:30 AM at "77 on the Park" apartments located at 1350 N. 77th Street on the east side of El Dorado Park.  


SCOTTSDALE  HOT TOPICS: Go to our COGS website for current Hot Topics in our city Recent COGS Position Papers delivered orally at hearings are also posted. Stay informed and send your comments to your city council at   We are more frequently being told that “we need to build the Scottsdale wanted by the Millenniums [younger generation] and not the Scottsdale that older, long term residents and merchants have built and want to preserve”.  That new philosophy has resulted in approvals for 90 foot buildings in the Downtown, clustered housing in rural Scottsdale and blading of the desert vegetation and leveling of the desert terrain.  COGS will continue to support appropriate projects and to be an advocate of following resident-written and approved Character Area Plans, The General Plan 2001, Downtown Overlay Architecture and Design Guidelines and to respect volunteer Task Force recommendations. We regularly attend the Development Review Board, Planning Commission, Tourism Advisory Task Force, Transportation Commission and city council meetings to keep you informed.  Contact us for our free services to research a neighborhood issue, collect information, and/or to meet with your HOA Board or neighborhood leaders

COGS Political Committee. All city council election activities are conducted by the volunteers of the COGS Political Committee. If you are interested in helping with the candidate process (questionnaire, interviews, selection), sign designs, sign installing and maintenance, speaking to groups, etc. , please go to their website at Applications will be taken until December 31st. Chris Schaffner is the chairman or the PC e mail address You will be invited to a January orientation meeting.

New Land Cases—are any near you?

Near 128th Street and Shea Boulevard. The applicant is requesting approval of an abandonment along 127th St. to allow a new charter school, located at 12730 E. Cochise Drive.CASE#11-AB-2015

 Near Frank Lloyd Wright and Desert Cove Avenue. The applicant is requesting approval for a Conditional Use Permit for a new auto repair shop with two (2) five (5) bay buildings, with Highway Commercial, Planned Community Development (C-3 PCD) zoning, located at 11416 E. Desert Cove Ave. CASE#14-UP-2015

 Near Scottsdale Road and Legacy Boulevard. The applicant is requesting approval of the site plan, landscape plan, and building elevations for a new phased development consisting of four-three story office buildings, two parking garages, and five future locations of five commercial pads, located at 20001 N. Scottsdale Road. CASE#61-DR-2015

 Near McDowell Road and Pima Road. The applicant is requesting approval of the site plan, landscape plan, and building elevations for a new 139,000 square-foot storage facility on a 2.7-acre site, with General Commercial (C-4) zoning, located at 1650 N. Pima Road. CASE#62-DR-2015

 Near Scottsdale Road and Lincoln Drive. The applicant is requesting approval of the site plan, landscape plan, and building elevations for site and building facade improvements for a new restaurant and other retail space on a 2.5-acre site with Central Business (C-2) zoning, located at 6316 N. Scottsdale Road. CASE#63-DR-2015

 Near Shea Boulevard and 65th Place. The applicant is requesting approval of the site plan, landscape plan, and building elevations for a new place of worship, with approximately 16,000 square feet of building area on a 1.88-acre site, with Single-family Residential (R1-35) zoning, located at 6529 E. Shea Blvd. CASE#64-DR-2015

 Near Drinkwater Boulevard and 2nd Street. The applicant is requesting approval for a Zoning District Map Amendment from Central Business Downtown Overlay (C-2 DO) to Downtown/Downtown Civic Center Type 2 Downtown Overlay (D/DCC DO) zoning, with Amended Development Standards on an approximate 0.15-acre site, located at 7363 E. Scottsdale Civic Center CASE#22-ZN-2015

Others: Hampton Inn remodel 10101 N.Scottsdale Rd; Calfa residence 7101 E Kali Circle pertaining to wall height; Oyague residence 8557 E Nightingale Star Drive pertaining to side yard setbacks; 7526 E Camelback Rd exterior modifications; 7301 E Minnezona abandonment of 176 sq ft of public right-of-way on 73rd St and 86 sq ft at intersection; 11416 E Desert Cove to allow new auto repair shop

 Thought for the Day as you wrap presents: Life isn’t tied with a bow but it is still a gift.

For the COGS Board of Directors,

Sonnie Kirtley,Chair

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