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Your VOTE might win the city a USA Today award.
Select some May city events to enjoy.
YES, more new land cases to review


VOTE by May 12th, Friday to earn your city an award in the "Arts and Culture" category.

USA Today sponsors a "Community Thrives" grant that will help our highly successful Canal Convergence to expand. Above is an image on the Arizona Canal of the land art. Flying objects activated the air and floating art was in the AZ Canal.  Plans are to have the event in November and again during winter tourist season. Vote under the "Arts and Culture" category. . Click here to see previous
Canal Convergence .

Seniors invited to hands-on craft events Thursday May 11th at Civic Center Library from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Supplies for calligraphy, painting, coloring, beading, textiles and more will be provided for this free program.

Date night – Scottsdale style  takes place Saturday, May 13. Looking for a fun night out with friends or your significant other? This unique event is held from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Scottsdale Stadium on Osborn/Drinkwater Blvd.  It is for those 21 and older and features tours, gourmet food trucks, beer and wine, and a movie to cap off the night.

Support SNAP at the bi-Annual Eats-N-Arts Event this Saturday May 13th from 4-6 PM at Totties Asian Fusion Restaurant in southern Scottsdale 7901 E. Thomas Road. Savor fantastic food and special African Kora Music with 20% of your food costs donated to non-profit Scottsdale Neighborhood Arts Program for artists of ALL ages.
Stamp out hunger May 13. Help restock Scottsdale’s Vista del Camino Food Bank by participating in the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Place nonperishable food items near your mailbox Saturday, May 13, and your letter carrier will pick it up and deliver it.

Sunday, May 14th FREE Mother's Day admission to the Museum of the West as the doors open at 11 am. Docent tours will be 11:15 am, 12:15 am and 1:15 pm.  You don't want to miss the final days (May 31st) of the John Coleman Past/Present/Future images of 4 decades of American Indians in charcoal, graphite, oil and bronze.

“Reading Buddies” helps children improve reading skills. Trained teen volunteers will use IPads, games and crafts to augment reading skills in a fun atmosphere. Register for the free program that starts Tuesday, June 6. Call 480-312-READ (7323) for details.

Celebrate Children’s Book Week with Mother Goose through May 12. This iconic costumed figure will share stories, rhymes and finger plays at various times, dates and locations. Space is limited; be sure to check in with a library staff person before the start of the program.

                                   Scottsdale Parks and Recreation

Plan your Scottsdale summer. Check out the offering with hundreds of different programs and activities this summer. View what's being offered in the online system, or you can view the program guide online.
  Register online (which is the fastest way), via phone (which will have long hold times the day of registration) or by mail. Complete details and instruction can be found on the city website. Family summer swim passes are on sale. Get unlimited visits for public and lap swim from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
If you have any questions, please contact  480-312-7957.

          FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS--City's free Economic Development Programs
Upstairs in the Civic Center Library is the Eureka in "Aha!". Attend any one of the  Mentoring Programs and Small Business Support to tweak your business leadership skills. There is always something going on at the Eureka Loft. Check out the latest programs



Where the Old West Meets the New West Surprisingly many of the students at Desert Mountain High School and some families in northern Scottsdale seldom (if ever) venture south of the Phoenix's Kierland shopping area. So..what is missed ?

Downtown Scottsdale is the ultimate destination for visitors and residents to enjoy art galleries, specialty retail, dining venues that range from casual to upscale, southwestern cultural attractions and an extraordinary nightlife. Check out the Website ( The official Downtown is located south of Camelback Road—east of 68th St- west of Miller Road and north of Osborn Road.)

  • Scottsdale Artwalk.  Visit many of the approximately 70 art galleries in Downtown Scottsdale from 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday evening, all year in the Scottsdale Art District. Dine uniquely then stroll galleries displaying art from around the world as well as local artist's contributions to our city's reputation. Talk with the owner-artists in galleries such as Bob Pejman on Main Street and Cyndy Cartsens at Marshall/Main Street   Website
  • Ride the Free Downtown Scottsdale Trolley 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.  Runs every 10 minutes on a route to experience Fashion Square, 5th Avenue Shops, Arts District/Marshall Way and the Original Old Town. 480-634-6850. Connect with the Free Neighborhood Trolleys  north to McDonald Drive--Granite Reef--SCC and another trolley to the south to McKellips-Miller Rd-Granite Reef Senior Center. The transit station is next to the Museum of the West on Marshall Way one block south of Main Street/Arts District. Modern, air conditioned, comfortable seats plus bike racks so you can peddle all the downhills and trolley ride those uphills!
  • 365 Live. Live and local performers are energizing the street corners of Downtown Scottsdale 365 times throughout the year from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays. In Original Old Town is our singing cowboy, Gary and his horse. Delight the children with a stagecoach or carriage rides for hire. (Located east of Scottsdale Road on Main Street and north and south on Brown) 480-980-6202.
  • Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. Celebrates the art, history, culture and unique stories of the 19 states comprising the American West. Browse saddles, spurs, whips, chaps, clips of old town western movies—and savor the bronze and oil art pieces on the first and second floors. Enjoy the many special programs throughout the weekdays. Check out the  Website  (West of Scottsdale Road, south of Main Street one block on Marshall Way.)
  • WestWorld Want to show house guests that western experience? Checkout out WestWorld facilities where most horse shows are FREE.  Other events include car, boat and recreational “toy” shows plus dog shows, home and garden etc.  Website   (Located east of Loop 101 on Bell Road…south at traffic light/sign).


Find real-time information about construction activity, development requests, building permits, code enforcement notices and crime activity. Visit online map and simply enter an address or intersection and see all activity submitted to the city for the last six months in the area you have designated.


Basis Scottsdale ranked best high school in the country

Four schools in Arizona placed in the top five spots in U.S. News and World Report's much-watched rankings of the nation's high schools. BASIS Scottsdale topped the list, followed by BASIS Tucson North at No. 2 and BASIS Oro Valley at No. 3. The BASIS schools are a group of charter schools in Arizona and Texas, as well as a branch in Washington, D.C.  The  Basis Scottsdale School built a new campus this year on the southern side of  Shea Boulevard.



Scottsdale commercial occupancy trends

The McDowell corridor continues to see growth in retail use with a 7.9 percent vacancy rate for the quarter ending March 31, 2017, down from 8.8 percent the previous quarter and 8.4 percent the same quarter 2016. The average Scottsdale office vacancy rate for the quarter was 13.3 percent compared to the metro Phoenix rate of 15.3 percent. Scottsdale industrial vacancy rate dropped to 8.5 percent compared to the Phoenix metro vacancy rate of 9.1 percent. Read the Scottsdale First Quarter Commercial Occupancy Report online.

 Scottsdale's Golden Rule Breakfast was a huge outdoor success as the community and community leaders affirmed  commitment to treating people the way they would like to be treated, to helping those in need, and to embracing the rich culture of all the people of Arizona and the Southwest. The diverse selection of speakers added greatly to the success. View them at the city website . .  Also available on UTube.                  

Do any of these New Land Cases Affect You?

Near Drinkwater Boulevard and Stetson Drive--north of Indian School Road. 4310 & 4312 N. Brown Ave. The owner of Social Tap Eatery is requesting approval to amend an existing Conditional Use Permit to add a roof top bar. CASE#4-UP-2010#3

Near Scottsdale Road and Third Avenue--north of Indian School Road .(most of the city block north of See's Candy store) The owner  has assembled 12 downtown parcels and is requesting approval of a Zoning District Map Amendment and Infill Incentive District to rezone the Downtown District, and to allow a building height increase from the allowed 66ft to 90 feet. Winfield Hotel with 250 approx rooms and Winfield Residential with approx 26 for-sale units is the plan.  Go to the case link to see images/renderings of the proposed building.CASE#7-ZN-2017 & CASE#1-II-2017  The request includes to abandon 1,620 square feet of an alley abutting 4221 and 4223 N. Scottsdale Road and 4216 N. Winfield Scott Plaza.CASE#3-AB-2017

Near Camelback Road and 73rd Street. 4616 N. 73rd Street--north of Camelback Road... owner of the planned Waterview Residential is requesting approval of the site plan, landscape plan and building elevations for a new 4 and 5 story residential development with 240 multifamily units backing to the AZ Canal  CASE#22-DR-2017 You may recall that the 6 story tall Waterview hotel that bridges over 73rd Street was approved by this city council in 2016. Those grounds are being prepared for construction.

Near Pima Road and Thomas Road. The city is requesting approval of a Municipal Use Master Site Plan for a groundwater treatment facility and expansion of Pima Park at 86th Street and Thomas Road.

*Near Mountain View Road and 111th Street. Stonegate 11126 E Mountain View.The owner is requesting approval of a new Type 3 wireless communication facility (WCF) to be co-located on top of a replacement street light pole. CASE#50-DR-2015#2

Near McDowell Road and 67th Place. The owner is requesting approval for a major General Plan amendment to the city of Scottsdale General Plan 2001 to change the land use designation from Mixed Use to Urban Neighborhoods. CASE#2-GP-2017 and approval of a Zoning District Map Amendment from Highway Commercial (C-3) to Multi-family Residential (R-5) zoning. CASE#8-ZN-2017
Near 73rd Place and Cypress Street. The owner is requesting approval of a Certificate of Appropriateness and approval for Historic Residential Exterior Rehabilitation (HRER) program funding for windows and front door replacement. CASE#20-HP-2017
Near 74th Street and Cypress Street. The owner is requesting approval of a Certificate of Appropriateness and approval for Historic Residential Exterior Rehabilitation (HRER) program funding for windows and front door replacement. CASE#21-HP-2017

Thank you for taking your valuable time to read the COGS E-Newsletter and to be an informed resident. Feel free to forward to your HOA neighbors or friends. Our help and support are totally free--might charge you a smile and thank you though.   


Sonnie Kirtley, COGS Chair 



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