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Stroll the blooming desert this week..amazing colors!

Where should you go this week to experience wild desert flowers in bloom? According to local reports, the south and southeast sides of Little Granite Mountain are in full bloom.

"This has always been one of the best areas in the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve" states Howard Myers. "The brittle bush and globe mallow are starting to bloom". 

If you are unable to stroll into the desert then Barlett Lake has a great display to experience without hiking.

Hey! Alternative Facts strike inside the Scottsdale Heights case file?

The Greater Pinnacle Peak Asscn-Friends of the Scenic Drive Board of Directors had to send a retraction letter to city council and city staff to get their position of opposition to the Scottsdale Heights proposed project in northern Scottsdale corrected in the Planning Commission and Public Report. The GPPA residents will no doubt be present at the Tuesday, March 21st council meeting to voice their concerns. The project details for roadway abandonment and rezoning from Commercial to Urban Neighborhood on 14 of approx 15 acres located at 7225 E Dove Valley Road are cases GP-2016 and 9-ZN-2016.

Palmerie SW corner of Indian Bend Rd and Scottsdale Rd is also on the council agenda to approve 141 residential units and a maximum of 150 unit hotel plus 226,000 sq ft of commercial space and 80,000 sq ft of office space on 20 approx. acres. Details at

The Community Council of Scottsdale hosted the Desert Discovery Center city-contracted team as the March meeting guest speakers last Thursday. The April 20th Granite Reef Senior Center meeting will host the new City Manager, Jim Thompson.  Please mark your calendar now for that 7 pm to 8:30 pm public discussion.

Public Town Hall Meeting in DC Ranch
Attend the Town Hall meeting with City Council members, Kathy Littlefield and Guy Phillips on Monday, March 27, in the Homestead Community Center of DC Ranch from 6 PM to 8 PM. The Desert Discovery Center and other city issues will be discussed.

Where is it and what will it be in 2020 or later?

Some call it Scottsdale's Secret because it is difficult to locate even standing in Old Town. That, of course, is Civic Center where our performing arts, contemporary museum and city hall are located not to mention fountains, flowers and many public art pieces. For the past 18 months some city staff and outside consultants have been tweaking their update to the Civic Center Master Plan after hearing from the public. Recent plans include changing back to the original street-level western entry from Old Town that old-timers remember when China Lil's existed. Additionally they agreed to relocate their planned public toilets from the center of the new promenade entry walk.  Their plan will be reviewed by the Development Review Board and Planning Commission before proceeding to City Council for final review, which is anticipated to occur in September or October 2017.
more information.

What maintenance is scheduled for Downtown?
The downtown maintenance team is power washing all public parking garages and anticipates this project will be completed this week.  Upcoming projects include:

  • Spring weed applications (through early March)
  • Olive tree spraying for nuisance fruit (April)
  • Summer flower planting (April)
  • Palm tree pruning (May)  follow-up pruning in (July)
  • Bench refinishing in Old Town (July)

What is being built in and near Downtown?
View a map
with information on active and finalized downtown development projects and locations. Get additional information on amenities, services, zoning and traffic restrictions. 
Spring Small Business Training Series
Are you an existing or aspiring small business, looking for some guidance? Consider attending sessions at Economic Developmentís 5-week training series. Sessions start in May with topics ranging from product market fit, marketing and PR, interview prep and recruiting, finance, and community resources and mentoring.  Get more information
Water Rates to riseóDetails at this link. Public comments can be made.

Wednesday, March 22nd
   11 am to noon "Working Ranch Wear: Tools of the Trade"

Friday, March 31st  1 to 2 pm "Ranching on the High Desert: Five Generations-One Family"

Sunday, April 2nd 1 to 2 pm "America's Yellowstone"
Join our members and readers for the Spring COGS Potluck, Sunday April 2nd 4 pm. Dynamic conversations and great food. The private home Downtown location will be shared with your RSVP.    Newly elected members to the Board of Directors will be announced and celebrated.



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