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Good evening, COGS E-News Reader.   If you are a current member, did you complete the COGS Political Committee electronic candidate survey? Do our readers know where the Scottsdale candidate public forums are held? Also multiple city events for your calendar are listed below. Please note the alerts on Land Use Cases located toward the end of this newsletter.  There are three public hearings that might affect your neighborhood.

Current COGS members have received a Monkey Survey from the COGS Political Committee requesting members to provide their Scottsdale city council candidate input. The collection is totally anonymous. When the last co-hosted COGS and Community Council of Scottsdale public forum is completed on Wednesday, October 5th, the COGS PC will determine endorsement(s).  Their options are for mayoral position—none or one.  For city council three positions—none, one, two, or three.  Membership input is an important contribution to their decision along with the candidate questionnaires ( website), candidate interview and careful listening at multiple public forums. The response deadline is 20 September. If you believe that you are a currently paid ($10) member and did not receive the survey, please contact .

 VOTING? Can’t decide who to vote for in the Scottsdale city council election? Attend the two remaining public forums co-hosted by The Community Council of Scottsdale and COGS:

Mayor Candidates only     THIS Thursday, September 15th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the Granite Reef Senior Center, north of McDowell Road at 1700 N. Granite Reef Road. Ask your questions. Compare the candidate responses.  Ride the free city trolley to save on gas.

All six council candidates.  Wednesday, October 5th from 6 pm to 8 pm in the Calvin Charles gallery at 4201 N. Marshall Way—north of Indian School Road in the Arts District and south of 5th Avenue. Again, audience questions will be answered by the candidates.

Voting Timelines: Oct. 10 last day to register…Oct.12th Early ballots are mailed….Oct 12th to November 4th Early voting available at city hall.   Details Search “Elections”


Wednesday, 14 Sept.  5:30 pm Channel 8. Councilwomen Littlefield and Milhaven square off on the topic of the Desert Discovery Center.

Friday, Sept. 16th  Museum of the West members will meet the artist, John Coleman, and preview his highly regarded contemporary works in charcoal, graphite, oil and bronze. Reception is 6 pm to 8 pm.  RSVP by Sunday, Sept. 11th.  The public exhibit begins Saturday, Sept. 17th through May 31st.  Details

Monday, Sept 19th 5 pm in the Kiva/city hall.  Council discussion of establishing a public vote on the Desert Discovery Center. History: In May 2016 COGS Board Member, Howard Myers, placed a Citizen Petition before council “ to pass a resolution or to submit to the voters a change in the [City] Charter that would require either of the following to occur ONLY WITH APPROVAL BY PUBLIC VOTE (1) construction of anything in the Preserve, other than trails, minimal facilities required for trail heads used for trail access and the land bridge over Dynamite Blvd. (2) use of Preserve Tax Funds for anything other than land acquisition, the building of trails, minimal facilities required for trail heads used for trail access, and the land bridge over Dynamite. Blvd.”

Candidate Mayor Jim Lane has partially supported the Citizens’ Petition. He has been campaigning to change the City Charter to require a public vote BUT it has a threshold of a council approved project exceeding $5 million before the public vote is triggered. COGS readers have asked, would it then be possible to interpret single buildings or phases of a much larger project as being below $5 million and therefore no public vote required?

Wednesday, Oct. 5th  All Scottsdale city council candidates will answer your questions from 6 to 8 pm in the Calvin Charles gallery 4201 N. Marshall Way—north of Indian School Road.

Wednesday, Oct 5th The Hunkapi Farms issue (appeal of decision of the Zoning Administrator) is now slated to be heard at the next 6 pm Board of Adjustment hearing in the Kiva/city hall. Full case available at  Search “Board of Adjustment agenda”.

Thursday, Oct. 6th  FREE  Mayor and City Council Economic Development Breakfast 7:15 to 9 am in the Scottsdale AirPark 8600 E Anderson Drive. Speaker is Anthony Wagner of IO Data Centers. Please register at  Search “mayor council breakfast” Saturday, Oct 8th  Electronic Recycle drop off

Saturday-Sunday Oct. 8-9  FREE  Stillman-McCormick Railroad Park Railfair. From 10 am to 5 pm Experience model train displays, Jake n Jane Wild West Show, face painting, train rides and more. Details at

Monday, Oct. 10th Arizona Fall League minor league baseball begins at Scottsdale Stadium 7408 E Osborn Rd. Adults $8  Seniors and children $6. Groups of 20 plus $4 each.

Oct 12 through 28th  City hosted workshops on Landscape Makeover, Irrigation Troubleshooting, Smart Controllers, Xeriscape Garden Tour (28th), Plant selection and more. Details and register at  Search “workshops”.  Or call 480 312 5690

Saturday, Oct 22 Date Night   FREE  at the Scottsdale Stadium 6 pm to 10 pm. Costume contest, food trucks, music, stadium tour, movie on the field. Adults only 21 years old plus.

Saturday, October 29th from 12 to 7 pm Citywide Neighborhood Celebrations. Neighborhood Block Party planning should start now. Form your committees for games, food and fun. Schedule the city’s Party Truck. Details at   Search “block party

Pruning and trimming for fall?  Check out when the city’s bulk pickup is scheduled in your neighborhood.

PUBLIC HEARING cases to be heard on

Wed. Sept 14th 5 pm in the Kiva/city hall:

·         4441 N Buckboard Trail Oasis Café  request for a Conditional Use Permit for a bar. Case 7-UP-2016    City contact is Dan Symer 480 312 4218

Wed. Sept 28th 5 pm Kiva/city hall:

·          Northeast corner of 64th St/McDowell Rd.  Scottsdale Entrada request for zoning map amendment on 23 acres of commercial (C-4) and 0.06 acres Open Space to Planned Unit Development (PUD) zoning including approval of a development plan with amended development standards. Case 5 ZN-2016     Contact is Ed Bull 602 234 9913


·         2040 and 2042 N Scottsdale Rd. South Scottsdale Multifamily request to change from commercial zoning (C-3) to Planned Unit Development (PUD) on 3.3 acres.  Case 6-ZN-2016


New Land Use Cases….  Click on available blue links to see details of the project.

SOUTHERN SCOTTSDALE land use requests:

Near Scottsdale Road and Rose Lane. 6160 N. Scottsdale Rd. The applicant is requesting non-major General Plan Amendment to the City of Scottsdale General Plan 2001 to change the land use designation from Resort/Townhouse Residential (R-4R) to Neighborhood Commercial (C-1) on a 2.6 acre site. CASE#9-GP-2016 and is requesting approval for a Zoning District Map Amendment from Resort/Townhouse Residential (R4R) to Neighborhood Commercial (C-1) on a 2.6 acre site. CASE#22-ZN-2016

 Near Scottsdale Road and Angus Drive. Alta Osborn  3234 N. Scottsdale Rd The owner is requesting approval of a site plan, landscape plan and building elevations for a new 277 unit multi-family residential development with approximately 426,000 square feet of building area on 4.2 acre site. CASE#42-DR-2016

6714 E Holly St. request to convert a carport to two-car enclosed garage                    .


Near Indian School Road and 5th Avenue. The owner is requesting for a Zoning District Map Amendment from Central Business, Downtown Overlay (C-2 DO) zoning to Downtown/Downtown Multiple Use—Type 2 Downtown Overlay (D/DMU-2 DO) zoning with amended development standards on a 2,063 square foot site for a new 4- story mixed use building. CASE#23-ZN-2016   

Southeast corner of 69th St and Main Street. Owner requests re-zoning from Central Business (C-2/DO and P-2/CO) to Downtown Multiuse (D/DMU/DO) on 1.26 acres and 0.67 acres. Main Street Development  Case 21-ZN-2016


Near McDonald Dive/Granite Reef Road. 8340 & 8350 E. McDonald Drive -- Hudson East request to change the land from commercial to Mixed Use Neighborhood on 1.26 acres. Case 8-GP-2016.

Near Hayden/McCormick Parkway Paseo De las Flores 7300 N Via Paseo Del Sur request to change the land use from Planned Community(PC)  comparable Single Family Residential (R1-7) to Neighborhood Commercial (C-1) zoning on 2.64 acres. Case 2-GP-2016 and 4-ZN-2016.

Near Raintree and Pima Rd 14826 N Pima Rd Panera Scottsdale request for site and landscape plan approval and building elevations for new restaurant with drive through—replacing the IHOP on 2.9 acres. Case 38-DR-2016.

   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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