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Seeking Community Input—Is there a Drug Abuse, Alcoholic Recovery, Teen Group Home, Senior Care Home in your neighborhood?     The City of Scottsdale is preparing an update to the zoning ordinance to address various care homes, including homes for treatment of substance abuse, and group homes in residential zoning districts. A fourth open house meeting to gather resident input will be 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 29, at Mountain View Park Community Center, 8625 E. Mountain View Road. Find more information on the city’s website.  Case 2-TA-2017

Do you or a family member need Job Search help?   FREE service--
There is always something going on at the Eureka Loft with the Economic Development Team. Drop In for Job Search Help 1 to 3 pm in Civic Center Library-Eureka Loft.  Tuesdays June 20th and 27th
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City information is just a phone call away by dialing 480-312-3111. The city’s information line connects you with live operators who have much of the event, traffic and meeting information that you want, or they’ll forward your call to the correct department for further assistance. The line is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and for special events as publicized.

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                         Sprucing up our Living Room
Watch for Downtown maintenance and enhancements during this summer
New electrical outlets are being installed in the street planters along Marshall Way north of Indian School Road and Third Avenue and Craftsman Court to increase the ability for wrapped tree lighting. ArtWalk decals were recently removed along Main Street, parts of 5th Avenue and Marshall Way. This project requires several steps for full removal due to heat and other factors. In lieu of new sidewalk decals, the city will install Arts District banners on street light poles along the ArtWalk route in late July. The banners will be more visible for pedestrians and vehicles. Palm trees are being trimmed.  Concrete power-washing at the intersection “bulb-outs” and crosswalks in the 5th Avenue area are included in the cleanup. New sod is scheduled to be installed in the Stetson Plaza area by the Marshall Way Bridge.

                                           Events in June: 
 Backyard Games Day...The first annual family-friendly Backyard Games Day will be this Saturday, June 17th at WestWorld 16601 N. Pima Rd. Celebrate Father’s Day weekend with popular lawn and board games including cornhole beanbag toss, giant Jenga, Pole-ish Horseshoes, frisbee, ball pong, giant dominoes, giant Connect 4, a washer-toss game, giant checkers and Rollers disc-rolling activity, A 5 yr old and under zone will have inflatables and a maze for the young. Older children and adults can wall climb, challenge the maze course, joust and football toss. There will also be more than 60 vintage and handmade vendors from Front Porch Pickins. Non-profit pet rescue, anti-bullying and foster children organizations will also be at the event. 10 am to 8 pm. Cost: $8 online  $10 at the door FREE for kids under 12. $4-8 presale all inclusive game bracelets for children up to 12 yrs old, $5-10 at the door. $5/car parking fee.
Global Waters Dances will perform on the Soleri Bridge at 7 p.m. June 24, Saturday Global Waters Dance serves a global community of choreographers and dancers that inspire action and international collaboration for water issues through the universal language of dance. The dancers will begin in a circle around two tall metallic cylinders, whose shadow length depicts the summer and winter solstice. They will move in a weaving circular pathway onto the bridge. The main portion of the dance will happen on the bridge, over the Arizona Canal. 

On Sunday, June 18 all Dads receive FREE museum admission and complimentary issues of Western Art Collector magazine and Native American Art magazine (while supplies last). Visitors can also enjoy a free, docent-led tour of our exhibitions, offered at 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. And don't forget, the museum store has a wide selection of western items dad will love!

Exhibitions currently on view include (located west of Scottsdale Rd and south of Main Street)

  • Grand Canyon Grandeur (June 6, 2017 through December 31, 2017)

On loan from The A.P. Hays Collection This exhibition includes 100 striking and historically important portrayals of one of the world’s most revered natural wonders. Oil paintings, watercolors and prints dating from the 1850s to the 1950s capture the ecological, sociological and visual diversity of the Grand Canyon, while showcasing a range of artistic styles such as naturalism, impressionism and abstraction. Themes presented include the artist and the viewer, Native Americans at the Grand Canyon, the Colorado River, the American presence at the canyon, exploration, the Colorado Plateau, and the canyon rim. Thomas Moran, Eanger Irving Couse, Gustave Baumann and Gunnar Widforss are among the celebrated artists included in this exhibition. (Located in the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust Fine Arts Gallery)
            • Of Spirit and Flame: John Coleman Bronzes from the Collection of Frankie and Howard Alper (Opened June 6, 2017; Ongoing) This selection of more than 20 bronze sculptures by award-winning sculptor and painter John Coleman celebrates one of the nation’s most important artists of the American West, as well as the arts patronage of collectors Frankie and Howard Alper. Coleman’s stories about Native American culture are conveyed
Ongoing Events:
Scottsdale ArtWalk Stroll 7 - 9 p.m. every Thursday, west of Scottsdale Road on Main Street and northward on Marshall Way. This 40-year Scottsdale tradition offers a wide variety of artistic styles from Western traditional to cutting-edge contemporary, from Southwest landscapes and Native American subjects to Russian Impressionism and more. Enjoy your Scottsdale Galleries and quality jewelry artisans.
Old Town Farmers Market open from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturdays through June 24, at the Old Town Corral parking garage. The market features local growers, specialty food producers and a wide variety of organic and pesticide-free produce.

Downtown self-guided biking tour highlights Camelback and McDowell mountains 
The city recently launched the first of several planned self-guided bicycle tours. Called the Mountain Vista Route, it consists of a 2.3 mile loop that begins and ends at Main Street and Brown Avenue. The route includes signage, two stops where mountain views are framed and interpretive panels that tell a story about the mountains being viewed. The route was a collaborative effort between several city departments, including transportation, tourism & events, economic development and the police bicycle unit. Members of the cycling community also provided ideas for interpretive signage and ways to encourage  biking in Downtown. 
Artist and Scottsdale resident John Randall Nelson completed design and fabrication of the two Mountain Vista frames and the interpretive panels. The smaller frame that views the McDowell Mountains was installed along the south bank of the Arizona Canal. The Camelback Mountain frame and text panel was installed at 68th Street and the Arizona Canal. Green bike route signs are installed throughout the route. Two other self-guided bike routes are under development.


  • 21% of Arizona Corporate Headquarters are located in Scottsdale.
  • No. 6 Safest City in the U.S. - Law Street Media
  • Best City to Raise Children according to
  • Basis Scottsdale--No 1 Charter School in Nation and in Arizona - U.S. News & World Report

                                  City News of Interest:

Scottsdale’s Cure Corridor: From education and research, to clinical trials and patient care delivery, Scottsdale is home to an amazing array of business assets in the bio-life sciences sector, particularly on and around the Cure Corridor. Here is current news on our Scottsdale Cure Corridor: (Phoenix has a Cure Corridor near its new ASU Medical School in downtown Phoenix.)

  • Mayo Medical School, in partnership with ASU, receives state licensure for Arizona branch campus
  • Orion Health Announced the expansion of its operations and facilities hiring 800 new jobs with an average wage of $88k/year.
  • Gobiquity, a ground breaking healthcare technology company which introduced the first pediatric mobile vision screening app, relocated/expanded to Scottsdale
  • Download the latest Scottsdale Cure Corridor brochure

Following a $12 million renovation and rebranding, the Scottsdale Inn will reopen this fall as Hotel Adeline under the management of New Orleans-based HRI Lodging, LLC. The 4.5-acre property will have 213 guestrooms, a 1,800-square-foot ballroom, and a deluxe boardroom accommodating up to 12. The hotel's restaurant will have a Mediterranean-American focus, and all food and beverage is being curated by Ryan Jocque, the creative force behind Original ChopShop. The space plans to offer more communal spaces in its lobby and other areas of the hotel, in the same vein as The Moxy Tempe or The Found:Re in downtown Phoenix. The focal point of Hotel Adeline will be its 3,000-square-foot zero edge pool. (, June 1)

Fashion Square will construct 4 towers north of the current mall (Days Inn site). Each is reportedly a different architectural style with council approval to the height of 150 ft. The use is identified as office, hotel and residential.
SCOTTSDALE ABOLISHES SALES TAX ON FINE ART thanks to the lobbying by our own Scottsdale gallery owners who testified and kept the pressure on the officials to get the law changed at state then city levels.
Recently the Scottsdale City Council approved a measure that abolishes sales tax on certain transactions – including the sales of fine art. The move comes a year after the Arizona legislature passed House Bill 2536, an amendment exempting sales tax on fine art pieces purchased in-state to be shipped or delivered outside of Arizona. Following the state’s approval, the City of Scottsdale was tasked with deciding whether to conform to the state’s amendment, create its own language, or not change its code. The state’s amendment has received support from local gallery and auction house owners. Scottsdale’s combined tax rate adds up to 7.95 percent – 5.6 percent for the state, 0.7 percent for the county, and 1.65 percent for the city. Art distributors contend the rate has deterred customers from visiting Scottsdale to purchase artwork. Art distributors say rather than traveling to Scottsdale, buyers avoid sales tax by purchasing artwork online from their home states. The Scottsdale City Council voted 7-0 to abolish the sales tax on fine art. (, June 1)

The REBATE Program to install energy and water efficient devices in your home has ended.  Funds have been depleted. COGS will alert you if the program is available in 2018.


Who rides the Downtown Trolley according to the city staff survey? 92% of the riders are sightseers. The highest destination is Fashion Square logging more than one-quarter the riders surveyed. Visitors stated that they ride the downtown loop to see what the area has to offer. Although riders of the Phoenix-Metro transit system declined by 8.4% our neighborhood trolley ridership increased by 1.3% and our Downtown trolleys by 15.5% between 2015 and 2016. The average in 30 metropolitan areas declined 4.2%.  If you haven’t yet---hop on to an air-conditioned and comfortable ride. Fortunately, our young people are learning to use public transportation and to mount their bikes on the front racks for those side trips to the city parks or school. Maybe less pressure on Mom and Dad to buy a car for them at age 16 yrs? [BTW Transportation Sales Tax funds 50% of our transit costs.]

Comparing surveys conducted by a 2016 paid consultant hired by a Tourism Task Force to our city’s Transportation Dept. staff survey:
Consultant: 155 trolley riders in 8 different time periods.    City Staff: 793 riders in 40 different time periods.  COGS Position:  We go with the findings of the city’s own Transportation Dept. as a better survey model and those are the numbers shown in this newsletter.

Where do our FREE trolleys go? Click this link and perhaps you can hop on near your home and leave your car inside that cool garage or sun-protected carport.

Hospitality Trolley to the resorts was discontinued. It cost $18.10 per rider and their ridership was insufficient to warrant the expense. The City Council agreed with the Transportation Dept.

New Land Cases—Are any near your home or business?

Near Sahuaro Drive and Windrose Drive.12768 N Windrose The owner is requesting approval to amend the Development Standards and Stipulations of Case 60-ZN-1983#2 to allow for a second-story addition to the existing home on Lot 10 of Escondido Manor, with Single-family Residential Planned Residential Development (R1-7 PRD) zoning. CASE#60-ZN-1983#3
 Near Pinnacle Peak Road and Miller Road. The owner is requesting approval of a preliminary plat, landscape plan and building elevations for a 186-unit residential development. CASE#9-PP-2017
 7676 E Pinnacle Peak (NE corner w/ Miller Rd)  request to rezone from Office to Suburban Neighborhoods with plan for R 1-10 single family residential subdivision on 17.26 acres.
NE corner Pima Rd/Cave Creek Rd. Desert Mountain Parcel 19 seeking approval to build 9,000 sq ft golf clubhouse to support 18 hole golf course on 91 acres.
82nd St/Dynamite Saguaro Canyon  request to rezone from Rural to greater density by Pulte Group and build 19 one story homes behind a gated off 82nd Street. Case 10-GP-2016 and 27-ZN-2016
Villages at Troon 10101 E. Dynamite Blvd  request to rezone from Commercial & Developed Open Space to Urban Neighborhood 3.8 acres and Natural Open Space 2.1 acres and from Central Business ESL and Open Space ESL to Conservative Open Space ESL on 5.9 acres of 6.2 acre site.
116th & Shea new mini-storage facility Case 357-PA-2017
                     Southern Scottsdale
Near Highland Avenue and Goldwater Boulevard. The owner is requesting approval of the site plan, landscape plan and building elevations for a new retail/commercial development.
NE corner Indian School Rd/Hayden Rd 4104 N. Hayden Rd request to build a new Circle K and gas station
6442, 6430, 6502 E Camelback Road Luxian Villas on Camelback requesting approval of elevations, site plan and landscape plan for new 14 unit condominium development on 3.07 acres. Case 25-DR-2017
NE corner 70th St/Continental Drive Request to rezone to Residential -5/Suburban Neighborhood for Taylor Morrison to build 65 owned single family homes where the former mobile park was located. The developer open house was held June 1st to meet with the public. Contact Susan E. Demmitt with questions.


Desert Discovery Center   A Notice of Claim was delivered by the No DDC group as a precursor that they will sue the City to force a public vote on any future public fund expenditures on the Desert Discovery Center without voter approval of the entire project and its proposed location within the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve. They have an anonymous donor with $25,000 to be available to the citizens’ group legal fund if they collect matching funds by July 31, 2017. 
NEXT COGS E-NEWSLETTER ISSUES: Reports on the city council subcommittees on Capital Improvement Projects, Budget, Economic Development and more.  Annual report summaries from various city departments and how they are planning for the city future. CSL consultant action recommendations for the city planners.  Not boring—trust us

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Sonnie Kirtley, COGS Chair 



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