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Good morning, COGS E-Newsletter Reader.  Today’s news is wide ranging and includes update on the city manager finalists, HOA Board and members free city classes, new state campaign finance law reporting date change, internet link to checkout crime in your neighborhood or elsewhere in the USA, General Plan 2035 draft public meetings this week and next… and a large list of new zoning and other land cases for your review.  Thank you for reading.

When will our city have a permanent City Manager? As you will recall, our outstanding City Manager, Fritz Behring, had a serious medical problem and an interim city manager was appointed by city council in June 2015.  Eventually, the council worked out a contract release agreement and Round One to find a city manager ended in no decision on the three finalists.  Now we are in Round Two.  Although it was COGS understanding that originally council had directed the search-consultant “no current city employee would be considered”, Round One had Scottsdale Treasurer, Jeff Nichols and he is again in Round Two.  Ronald L. Olson, former city manager in Corpus Christi, Texas, and John Kross, the current city manager in Queen Creek, Arizona, have withdrawn from the process. We wonder if they perceived that an insider on the list a second time would greatly reduce their selection chances—so why spend the interview time and the Texas travel expense.

The remaining 3 finalists will be interviewed by City Council members, tour the city and meet the city’s executive team Nov. 9 and 10.  At 5 pm you can be in the Kiva (city hall) on Thursday, Nov. 10 or watch on Channel 11, when each candidate will make a brief presentation and answer questions from the council. The public may not ask questions but you can contact any council member and suggest your questions.  If the city council can agree by more than a weak majority vote, it may extend a job offer.

The finalists who will be interviewed are:

Konrad Hildebrandt, Assistant City Manager, City of Odessa, Texas links
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Konrad Hildebrandt has been assistant city manager for the city of Odessa since March 2014. He oversees administrative services including budget and finance, purchasing and procurement, risk management and employee health & wellness. He previously spent 10 years as city manager of the city of Cedar Hills, Utah and has 27 years of experience in local government with four different cities. Mr. Hildebrandt has a bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s degree in public administration from Brigham Young University.

Gary M. Luebbers, previous City Manager, City of Sunnyvale, California links
                to external site

Gary M. Luebbers was city manager for the city of Sunnyvale from 2008 to 2013 where he oversaw the city’s 1000 employees, $300 million budget and its daily operations. He previously spent eight years as city manager for the city of West Jordan, Utah, and has more than 20 years of experience as a city manager in three cities. Mr. Luebbers has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Culver-Stockton College and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California.

Jeffery M. Nichols, City Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer, City of Scottsdale, Arizona

Jeff Nichols was appointed Scottsdale city treasurer in October 2013, where he oversees the accounting, budget, business services, finance and risk management departments. His previous positions include vice president and chief financial officer of the Scottsdale Cultural Council, accounting director for city of Scottsdale, and deputy director/controller for the Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department. Mr. Nichols has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting from Central Michigan University, and he is a certified public accountant.

FREE city classes for HOA residents and their HOA Board members: The Neighborhood College program provides residents, neighborhood groups and homeowners’ associations with the information, resources and tools needed to become effective neighborhood leaders. These classes are opened to all residents and are conducted by professional, volunteer instructors.  For more information or to register, visit Neighborhood College or call Joy Racine directly at (480) 312-2342.

 Fair Housing Monday, November 7, 1:00 – 3:00pm - City Hall Kiva, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Do you understand the terms reasonable modification and reasonable accommodation? Any HOA board of directors should. This class will provide you with a clear understanding of the association’s requirements in the Federal Fair Housing Act and other federal laws. Additionally they will cover the importance of reviewing governing documents for possible amendments needed to insure that the association is in compliance with state and federal laws.  Please note: This session will be broadcast on Channel 11.

Project Management Tuesday, November 29, 1:00-3:00pm – Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N. 90th St. Learn practical techniques for managing tasks and people, planning and decision making, communicating the plan to all stakeholders and other key skills for successfully seeing a project through from start to finish.

Sad News  Jill Schweitzer, advocate for HOA member ownership rights and website editor of died of asthma complications recently.   Friends are invited to attend a remembrance at 6 pm in the Granite Reef Senior Center on Monday, November 7th.

YET ANOTHER GENERAL PLAN 2035 PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE.   (For details please review the 5 November COGS  single-topic message sent to you entitled “FULL ALERT…”)  The city staff needs confirmation that there is strong public support to protect Rural Neighborhoods in Scottsdale. This includes not just equestrian acreage but luxury homes on large lots and neighborhoods adjacent to existing 2 acre and larger parcels that are “ripe” for a higher density proposed project. If you cannot attend the two public meetings you can e mail your opinion.  The Rural Neighborhood and Rural Desert Neighborhoods changes are on the chart page 65 Chptr One

COGS urges support for separating Rural Neighborhoods into Rural Desert Neighborhood and Rural Neighborhood based on the acreage.  To rezone from lower density to higher would require a Major General Plan Amendment that can be heard once a year, requires greater council scrutiny and more public hearings and to gain approval requires the minimum of a 2/3 super-majority council vote. This does not stop an appropriate proposed project that conforms to the character of an area and benefits existing home values and the city’s balance of housing options.  To rezone from higher density to lower density is a Minor Amendment and can be approved by majority council vote. E mail your opinion to Project Coordination Liaison, Sara Javoronok

The General Plan PUBLIC MEETINGS: Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Horizon Park Community Center, 15444 N. 100th St. Presentation:11:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m.) Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Copper Ridge School Cafeteria, 10101 E. Thompson Peak Pkwy (Presentations at 6 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.).


NOW YOU CANNOT read the final post-election financial report for a candidate until mid-January 2017. Thanks to the AZ legislature that information is now delayed by SB 1516. Instead, the next report after the Pre-Election Report for November will be a quarterly report due on January 15, 2017.  Obviously all contributors are not disclosed until after you voted.

New Scottsdale Land Case Requests (case details link is at end of each)

Southern Scottsdale. Near Almeria Road and 69th Street. The applicant is requesting approval of a Certification of Appropriateness and Historic Residential Exterior Rehabilitation (HRER) funding for a carport enclosure and a garage addition.  CASE#18-HP-2016

Near Osborn Road and 71st Street. The applicant is requesting approval of a site plan, landscape plan and building elevations for renovations and addition of the existing two-story office building. CASE#52-DR-2016

 Near Scottsdale Road and Oak Street. The applicant is requesting approval of a site plan, landscape plan and building elevations for a new Salad and Go Restaurant. CASE#53-DR-2016

Near 77th Place and Northland Drive. The applicant is requesting approval of a conversion of a carport to an enclosed garage with Historic Property (R-4 HP) zoning on the northeast side of an existing single-family residence. CASE#20-HP-2016

 Near Indian School Road and 64th Street. The applicant is requesting approval of an exterior paint change for an existing apartment building. CASE#54-DR-201

Near Indian School Road and 68th Street. The applicant is requesting the abandonment of the approximately 20-foot wide, triangle-shaped roadway easement for the property located at 6816 E. Indian School Road. CASE#11-AB-2016

 Central Scottsdale: Near Scottsdale Road and Gold Dust Avenue. The applicant is requesting an amendment to a Conditional Use Permit for a Circle K Gas Station redevelopment and expansion.CASE#10-UP-2016

Near Raintree Drive and Hayden Road. The applicant is requesting a Zoning District Map Amendment from Industrial Park (I-1) to Highway Commercial (C-3) zoning.CASE#24-ZN-2016

Northern Scottsdale: Near Scottsdale Road and Chauncey Lane. The applicant is requesting approval of a Zoning District Map Amendment from Planned Community (P-C) District to Planned Community (P-C) District with comparable Planned Regional Center (PRC) District, including Development Plan and amended PRC development standards; specifically, eliminate maximum floor area ratio for office and residential, increase allowed building height from 60 feet (exclusive of rooftop appurtenances) to 75 feet (inclusive of rooftop appurtenances), amend minimum building setbacks from property line (20 feet on E. Chauncey Lane, 25 Feet on N. 73rd Place), and reduce minimum property size from 25 acres (gross) to 12 acres (gross); and add Planned Shared Development (PSD) District overlay, including Development Agreement for a mixed use project on a 12-acre site.  CASE#19-ZN-2002#4  

Near Scottsdale Road and Chauncey Lane. The applicant is requesting approval of a Minor Subdivision to divide one parcel into two parcels for a mixed-use development.CASE#14-MD-2016

Near White Feather Lane and Southwind Lane. The applicant is requesting approval of a site plan, landscape plan and building elevations for a new build with 32 resort villas, totaling 64 keys and an amenity building.CASE#48-DR-2007#2

 Near Jomax Road and 118th Street. The applicant is requesting a Zoning District Map Amendment from R1-190 ESL and R1-130 ESL to a combination of R1-190 ESL, R1-130 ESL, R1-70 ESL and R1-43 ESL to allow the construction of a 52-lot single-family residential subdivision on approximately 80 acres. CASE#25-ZN-2016

A COGS member reported talking to a surveyor on Dynamite Blvd west of the church and west of Pima Road.  He was plotting 30 homes on a currently Rural zoned 10 acre parcel.  Do any of our readers have more information?

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