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03/10/16

Current Hot Issue: The Special Events Ordinance update was heard at the Tourism Development Commission on Tuesday morning. Because of public testimony, they voted to send a recommendation to City Council for their 15 March hearing that the current draft needs to undergo additional changes. 

Short Term home sharing rentals are no longer illegal in Scottsdale. The Senate Bill 1350 was passed and guest houses as well as rooms in a Scottsdale home may now be rented by the day, week or month. The internet websites show more than 2,000 offerings by Scottsdale homeowners—especially during the Super Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Spring baseball training and our winter months. The bill summary states: “Preempts local governments for banning short term rentals. Reinserts current statute requiring property owners to obtain TPT licenses even if they are exclusively operating on an online home sharing site (at the request of the League). Adds clarifying language regarding the classification of property used for online lodging transactions, per DOR. Clarifies, per DOR, that the commercial lease tax is not applicable to Host transactions. Makes clarifying changes to definitions at the request of the League and DOR. Makes other technical and conforming changes” Read the full bill at this link 1350LESKO0108.doc.htm

The “Scottsdale Forward” session held this morning at Scottsdale Community College had the Chamber of Commerce audience vote on “light rail in Scottsdale”. Their Yes vote was 75% of the audience response. [The “rapid transit” term is used in the city’s proposed Transportation Master Plan instead of listing specific options as “light rail”.]  In a recent Arizona Republic interview, the COGS Chairman recommended using our free trolleys to connect Fashion Square to the existing light rail stations in Tempe. The city owns the trolleys; their routes are flexible and could meet the needs of the hospital and other workers commuting from the Phoenix metropolitan area; it would not tear up the streets and negatively impact our Downtown merchants and it would be Scottsdale’s unique transit for tourist from SkyHarbor airport.  Is there a reason Scottsdale’s trolley is not being used to connect to light rail right now? Post your comments on the city’s  www.SpeakUpScottsdale.com

NEW PROJECTS in process: (1) NE corner of 64th St/McDowell has submitted the Application for Scottsdale Entrada rezoning  (2) Skye on McDowell at 70th St/McDowell Rd for 57 plus single family homes (3) 70th Street Lofts  3425 N 70th St/7002-4-6 East 6th Ave  (4) 2nd Street Square  3720 N Scottsdale Road new 3 story (5) Cortesian 7749 E Camelback Rd to remodel existing apartment complex (6 ) Fashion Square NW corner Scottsdale Rd/Camelback Rd new building to new 150 ft height (7) Seneca Luxury Townhomes  4002 N Kalarama Ave townhome development on half acre ( 8 ) Hunkapi Farms 11250 E Arabian Park Drive,  Conditional Use Permit for a community building and recreational facility to operate a non-profit equine therapy program on 5 acre site in a single family district of R 1-43 zoning. Hearing is March 22nd 5 pm (9) Bidtracer 7381 & 7385 East 6th Avenue  (10) NE corner of 73rd Street and Greenway-Hayden Loop is the 8.83 acres proposal to include 4,000 sq.ft of retail-commercial and two 4-story residential apartment buildings totally  644 units.Their public open house for your comments is March 17th  in the Quail Room of the Hampton Inn & Suites 16620 N Scottsdale Rd at 6:30 pm  (10) La Bella Breeza at 10915 & 10965 East Shea Blvd to increase the density to Suburban Neighborhood.

EVENTS TO ENJOY:  Museum of the West Artist Spotlight features Steve Atkinson tonight 7 to 8 pm in the Museum Theater. This artist tells stories of people of the West—often humorously—in his paintings.  Saturday the 12th from 11 am to noon American West in Film and TV: Singing Cowboys and Cowgirls.  Wed. March 16th 1 to 2 pm is Marshall Trimble with “Get Your Kicks on Route 66”  For more upcoming events go to info@scottsdalemuseumwest.org.  Add Thursday the ARTWALK in the Arts District from 7 to 9 pm and stroll the galleries and ride the free trolley between Main Street and Marshall Way to 5th Avenue.

This Friday the 11th, visit a new and unique art gallery at 7000 E McDowell Road that was a former 5,000 sq ft auto showroom. “Visions of Garden Life” is the first time that a photographer-cinematographer and as producer-director, Jeff Berghoff, have worked together to show 40 varying size pieces (one 11 ft X 8 ft). Expect eye-popping colors.  click this Channel 10 link for a preview  http://bit.ly/1Sh4lpl

Scottsdale Festival of the Arts 2016 is this Friday-Saturday (10 am to 6 pm) and Sunday (10 am to 5 pm) in Civic Center. One day pass is $10 and 2 day pass $15 and $5 for students. Pets ARE NOT ALLOWED and no food, beverages or coolers are admitted.  Expect food, music and a wide variety of art and wares.

For the Coalition of Greater Scottsdale (COGS) Board of Directors, 
 
     Sonnie Kirtley, Chair e-mail sonniek@cogsaz.net 
     Coalition of Greater Scottsdale
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     Scottsdale, AZ 85250

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