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NO NO DON'T LIGHT THAT FIRECRACKER OR SKY BOMB!  It is illegal in Scottsdale to send any fireworks into the air and ESPECIALLY within 1/4 mile of the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The city has a family friendly celebration Saturday, July 2nd in the air-conditioned north hall of  WestWorld from 3 to 9:30 pm.  It features extreme trampoline shows by Flippenout, super kid's play zone, petting zoo, pony rides, Dirty Money Cattle Company Bull Riding Competition, Mutton Busting, Star Wars "The Fourth Awakens" interactive stations, community stage featuring live entertainment, delicious food, traditional fireworks show and much more! General Admission  $12 in advance; VIP $35 in advance; Kids VIP $20 in advance; Children 5 & under are free; Military & First Responders are free with valid ID. Scottsdale General Admission tickets $6 with proof of residency online only. Ride wristbands $20 (first child), $10 for each additional child. $5 ride wristband for children 5 and under. Tickets at  or call 1.866.977.6849. 

Then celebrate again Sunday night with The Talking Stick Fields outdoor stadium movie followed by fireworks beginning 6 pm Sunday, July 3rd at 7555 N Pima Road--just west of the 101/via de Ventura. $10 per car.

No outdoor movie but perhaps hockey sticks? Will the old drive-in theater on the SE corner of McKellips Road and Hayden Road become the site for the to-be-announced Coyote new arena?  A COGS member states that their mobile home park lease on reservation land has been reduced to a 3 year renewal and the rumors are flying. The Salt River-Pima Community has become aggressive builders of entertainment complexes--the Salt River Ballparks, The Odysea aquarium, The Butterfly Museum, Top Golf, Talking Stick Golf Course and now....perhaps.....Coyote ice arena.  These all benefit Scottsdale merchants, restaurants and hotels located west of  Pima Road and the 101 freeway from the Native American Nation.

WHERE DOES THAT BED-TAX MONEY GO? At the next council meetings, July 5-6th, approval is expected for  $75,000 for off Road Expo at WestWorld in March 2017 (They have a 17 yr. history in Pomona CA...this is the first year in Scottsdale). Expect 350 exhibitors and 60,000 attendance.  So..where did last year's money go?  In 2015/16 the Tourism Development Commission awarded 15 events with Community Event Funding of $194,000; Matching Event Advertising Funding Program $98,175 for 4 events; Event Venue Fee Funding Program for 3 events $9,088.52.  The report continues that on April 11th the balance in the Tourism Development Fund was $10.8 million. All commission meetings are open to the public and agendas are available on line at

LIBRARY GRANTS AWARDED.  Congratulations to our library system for receiving $23,560 and $154,650 from ASU for Library Science and Technology programs.  One program is for 3 to 5 years olds---you would recognize them because they are the short people who help you with your cell phone and computer problems.

General Plan Update progress: The city’s Long Range Planning Department hosted a small group with COGS and some members of the former General Plan Task Force 2035. The discussion focused on strengthening protections for Rural Neighborhoods. If the group consensus is included in the Final GP Draft, some future rezoning request to change from Rural Neighborhoods to a higher density or more intense land use would require a Major General Plan Amendment, greater public scrutiny, and a 2/3 affirmative vote of City Council to approve. City Council members will review the entire proposed GP 2035 draft during a summer work study session (discussion/no vote) with possible 2017 ballot preparations. The entire draft is online at  case 6-GP-2016

CITY COUNCIL  will be on summer break from Thursday, July 7th to August 21st so there are two council meetings this coming week. If interested in the new Fire station 603 land decision at the last council meeting--the council voted to  proceed to acquire the land in opposition to the owner's unwillingness to sell.  The planned Memory Care complex under contract for the same land has canceled their Purchase Contract.  This land includes the Scottsdale Tennis Club on the south side of Indian Bend Rd. and east of Hayden Road.
AGENDA ITEMS: July 5th, Tuesday.  Consent Agenda (one vote unless a council member pulls an item for discussion/no public comment): Multiple grants, awarded contracts, signed agreements with Scottsdale Railroad and Mechanical Society, Scottsdale Live Streamers, Sun n Sand Railroad Club, Scottsdale Model Railroad Historical Society, Scottsdale Aquatic Club, and Solar Service Agreement, and two WestWorld events American Trucker and Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championship.#19 is an acquisition agreement to receive 5.43 acres for $4,000,000 to be added to our Preserve.  Regular Agenda: #21 State Trust Land-North Scottsdale rezoning case 19-ZN-2014 (details at and #22 The Transportation Master Plan with the contentious elimination of "fixed rail" or "light rail" text  but to read "multi-modal".

Our readers will recall that more than 200 downtown merchants and property owners signed a petition to exclude the fixed rail option that included maps of routes into the downtown area. They cited the potential destruction of the unique tourist area, disruption with the years of construction, and encouraged a more flexible transit system and increased frequency. The Tourism Development Commission recently weighed in with a vote to support fixed rail options. Councilwoman Korte has been a strong supporter of including "all options".  Councilman Phillips showed a futuristic hover craft video at a work study session and encouraged to be open to "future innovations" and not a 1920s fixed system. Uber and Lyft as new  on-demand private options were also addressed.  This should be an interesting public meeting.  Watch on Channel 11 beginning at 5 pm or come to the Kiva.

Wednesday, July 6th Council meeting:  Nine liquor license renewals, Tourism and Events Funding Report  and the city auditor 2016/2017 report.  The monthly financial report is available at this link.                                                      

COGS E-Newsletter getting too long?..Just too much to share with you!  Here are recent land use requests in the city:

  • Northern Scottsdale:
  •  Near 94th St/Union Hills Drive.9451 E. Union Hills Drive request new 8ft tall integral colored, solid block perimeter wall on the northern ends of lots 4,5,6,7, and 8--in Legacy Cove subdivision  CASE#14-PP-2013#2
  • Near Pima Road and Cave Creek Road. The owner is requesting a Zoning District Map Amendment to rezone the site from: the Open Space, Environmentally Sensitive Lands, Hillside District (O-S/ESL/HD), Single-family Residential District, Environmentally Sensitive Lands, Hillside District (R1-35/ESL/HD), Industrial Park, Environmentally Sensitive Lands, Hillside District  (I-1/ESL/HD), Central Business, Environmentally Sensitive Lands, Hillside District, and the Commercial Office, Environmentally Sensitive Lands, Hillside District (C-2/ESL/HD), to the Open Space, Environmentally Sensitive Lands (O-S/ESL) and the Townhouse Residential, Environmentally Sensitive Lands (R-4/ESL) zoning district designations, on approximately 91.1 acres, located at the northeast corner of the N. Pima Road and the N. Cave Creek Road intersection.CASE#17-ZN-2016.
  • 37080 N Cave Creek Rd. The applicant is requesting approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a golf course on an approximate 91.1-acre site, located on the northeast corner of N. Pima Road and N. Cave Creek Road  CASE#6-UP-2016
  • Near Butherus Drive and 83rd Place. The owner is requesting approval of the site plan, landscape plan, and building elevations to renovate and upgrade the exterior of an existing commercial building on an approximately 1.20-acre site with General Commercial (C-4) zoning, located at 14950 N. 83rd Pl.  CASE#27-DR-2016
  • Near Happy Valley Road and Windy Walk Drive. The owner is requesting approval of a remodel and addition to the existing Troon Golf and Country club house. The request includes the remodel and demolition of a portion of the existing facility (grille, golf shop, and lockers), to reconstruct, and provide additional square footage, for a new fitness area with Single-family Environmentally Sensitive Lands Hillside District (R1-43 ESL (HD)) zoning, located at 25000 N. Windy Walk Drive.CASE#28-DR-

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     Sonnie Kirtley, Chair e-mail 
     Coalition of Greater Scottsdale
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     Scottsdale, AZ 85250

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