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ALERT #1 : Monday/tomorrow the 5 pm City Council meeting begins with an informational update on the Desert Discovery Center. This link will provide you with the planned slideshow from the contracted DDC, Inc. group and their consulting team.

ALERT #2 Do you live on 2 acres or more? December 1, Thursday, at 4 pm the city council will discuss to include in the proposed 2035 General Plan (city guidelines and policies document) to separate Rural Land Use into two categories—Desert Rural Neighborhood and Rural Neighborhood. A request to increase density and intensity of use on a Desert Rural Neighborhood acreage of 2 or more acres would require greater scrutiny to reach city council approval. It would be a MAJOR amendment—more public hearings, once a year application and the minimum of a 5-2 council vote for approval. This should result in greater protection of existing rural lifestyles for our equestrian and large home/large lot owners. COGS and many of its city-wide members who have emailed us strongly support the new designations.  It is extremely important that supporters send an e mail to city council members before this Thursday. Do it NOW,   The staff report will tell council that extremely few public comments have been received.

Congratulations to the Scottsdale Special Events city staff. This weekend began with the introduction of our new LED holiday tree, music, characters walking on stilts and dances by the Sugar Plum ballerina on the Arizona Canal/Soleri Plaza and Bridge Friday evening.  Saturday and today were more musical and family events throughout the Downtown.  Long hours of careful planning by city staffers Karen Churchard, Cheryl Sumners, Nicole Curtis and Mary Murphy-Bessler are credited with the success of the opening holiday weekend.  Don’t miss the Downtown events throughout the months of December and January.

SHOP LOCALLY and tell your hometown merchants how much you appreciate them!

 Neighborhood Actions    Sonoran Heights residents spoke passionately to the Transportation Commissioners requesting that they NOT support keeping the improvements to Cactus Path in the 2016 Transportation Master Plan. The currently unimproved dirt and walkway from near Anasazi Grade School eastward along the Preserve southern boundary toward 128th Street skirts north of the subdivision. They cited that it should not be a priority city project when others in the city should be higher on the list for community improvements. They presented a no-support petition signed by 60% area residents. The commissioners listened to all the testimony then approved 6-0 for the project to remain in the 2016 TMP.  Residents were greatly disappointed, however they can get Cactus Path as a future agenda item and present their case to the city council. At the same hearing,  The Old Town Merchants’ Association speaker chided the Transportation Department agenda submission on priorities for pedestrian improvements in the Downtown. Chairman, Marilynn Atkinson of Atkinson’s Indian Trading Post told the commissioners that the Old Town owners and businessman were not asked for input on WHAT should be priority improvements for their area.  She encouraged commissioners and city staff to work more closely with the Downtown owners who have invested not only decades but millions of dollars into their businesses.

Projects you might be tracking:  Scottsdale Entrada (64th/McDowell Rd NE corner) 23 acres was rezoned to Planned Unit Development by 7 to zero council vote.  District at the Quarter (15501 N 73rd/Dial Blvd and 15450 Greenway-Hayden Loop) was rezoned to two 4-story buildings with 622 units to 48 ft. height plus more footage for elevator shaft and HVAC roof equipment. Barely approved 4-3 council vote.

The McDowell Sonoran Preserve Commission (MSPC) has recommended approval of three items related to the management of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. These items, which will become part of the resource Management plan for the Preserve, include the Cultural Resource Master Plan, Ecological Resource Plan, and Conceptual Rock Climbing Plan. Approval in December of these items by the City Council will give the City staff the appropriate tools to successfully manage the Preserve.


Thursday, 1 December  ArtWalk 7 to 9 pm   The DeRubeis Fine Art gallery will have the master of metal and the “Father of Conceptual Movement”, Chris DeRubeis,  live in the gallery for you to meet at 7171 E. Main Street. Stroll all of our galleries on Main Street and Marshall Way north of Indian School Road.

Saturday, 3 December   

Saturday, 10 December

 Councilman Guy Phillips will host an All Come party at Chaparral Park’s main ramada to celebrate his second term on city council.

Thank you for supporting our COGS E Newsletter. We are an all-volunteer 501 C (3) organization that celebrated its 10th year serving neighborhoods and small businesses. Our focus is on land use issues that impact your neighborhood and your city.  Contact us at any time if you need research or help in contacting city department.

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