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09/12/17 Newsletter

September Sizzles and some Hot Topics Continue

Do your recognize the image above as being the architecturally stunning lobby of our own Museum of the West? Not experienced it yet? 3830 N Marshall Way, just south of Main Street.

This Friday, Sept 15th Canvas of Clay will open for a Sneak Peek by museum members as a new permanent exhibit to show more than 65 Hopi pottery masterworks from the country's finest private collection. The ceramics which have never been exhibited before include 18 works by Nampeyo of Hano, the most famous Hopi potter and 22 master potters including her daughters. This collection spans seven centuries  and is considered a national treasure and a source of pride for Arizona and Scottsdale. The public is welcomed on Saturday morning, Sept 16th.

USA Today announced our Western Spirit:Museum of the West as one of the "Top 11 Must See" in the USA. Annual memberships for seniors $60, students $25, individuals $45 and household couples $75.

Details and images here:  
Sunday, Sept 24th Celebration of Rennard Strickland and Western Film History Exhibition
Thursday, Oct. 5th  Home School Day   Call the Museum of the West for details to bring your student(s) 480 686 9539.

Saturday, Sept 30th FREE family and friends Grand Ole Picnic in Eldorado Park with food, live music, old fashioned games, city exhibits and more. 2311 North Miller Rd from 4 to 7 pm.
Friday, Sept 22nd FREE "Lights on After School" event at Soleri Bridge 4420 N. Scottsdale Rd from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Dress up and join Scottsdale's youth development programs to celebrate kid friendly culinary, interactive booths, photography opportunities, entertainment and art.
Saturday,  October 7th Bring you unwanted documents to SHRED IT in the WalMart parking lot 15355 N Northsight Blvd 7 am to 10 am $3 per box and Electronic Recyling Collection 7:30 am to 2 pm city’s yard 9191 E. San Salvador Drive.


TONIGHT Public Open House on a proposed assisted living facility at Sassi Restaurant site on Alma School Rd 10455 E Pinnacle Peak Parkway 6 pm to 7:30 pm

Ryan Companies Inc- is requesting a site plan amendment to build to the maximum allowed 36 feet in height for a facility of 134 assisted living units and 16 memory care units.

Thursday, Sept. 14th 5 to 7 pm in the Cocopah Middle School cafeteria. The public is invited to an open house to review and comment on four proposed 2017 Major General Plan Amendment cases. The city-sponsored open house will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Cocopah Middle School cafeteria, 6615 E. Cholla St.  
Next hearing dates are Wed. Oct 4th 5pm Cocopah MS again with Planning Commissioners, Wed Oct. 25th 5 pm in City Hall Kiva with Planning Commission and finally at city council Monday and Tuesday December 4th and 5th.
The cases include: 

  • 1-GP-2017- Siena Estates, 5814 N. Cattletrack Road, 5811 and 5805 N. Sundown Drive. Request to change ±3.8 acres from Rural Neighborhoods to Suburban Neighborhoods.
  • 2-GP-2017- Solare on McDowell, southeast corner of 66th Street and McDowell Road. Request to change ±12.3 acres from Mixed-Use Neighborhoods to Urban Neighborhoods.
  • 3-GP-2017- 7676 E Pinnacle Peak, northeast corner of Pinnacle Peak and Miller Roads. Request to change ±19.7 acres from Office to Suburban Neighborhoods.
  • 4-GP-2017- Bell Group Self Storage, southeast corner of Shea Boulevard and 116th Street. Request to change ±2.8 acres of a ±4.6 acre site from Rural Neighborhoods to Commercial.
  • These projects are defined as a Major General Plan Amendments per the 2001 Scottsdale General Plan Major Amendment criteria.
  • Arizona requires one City Council hearing be designated each calendar year to consider all Major General Plan Amendment applications.

Monday, Sept. 25th,  5 pm in the Design Center at 74th/Indian School Rd 
Villa Monterey, Scottsdale Terrace and other nearby residents will want to attend this public meeting to discuss the traffic and parking impact solutions for 73rd Street north of Camelback Road where the Waterview project will add a Camelback facing hotel and residential units northward on 73rd street.

The Fashion Square Mall proposed project to include four 150 ft “towers” generated considerable discussion and public comment from owners in Optima Village to the north. It is reported that legal action against the project has or will be filed.  In the August 29th council meeting, Councilman Smith made an alternate motion that the case be continued to a future date when there are more specific agreements with neighbors, a rationale for the 150 feet, and more specifics about what the project is going to encompass. Councilwoman Littlefield seconded the motion, which failed 3/4, with Mayor Lane, Vice Mayor Klapp, and Council members Korte and Milhaven dissenting. Councilwoman Milhaven made a motion to approve that was seconded by Councilmember Korte which carried 5/2, with Council members Littlefield and Smith dissenting.

SW corner N. 128th Street and E. Alameda Rd. for Asteria Highlands 2-ZN-2017. Lots were increased from 13 to 31 on 40 acres and approved on expedited agenda.

1375 N Scottsdale Rd SkySong Hotel  site and landscape plan for the new hotel development on city-owned 1.4 acres was approved

Western end of N. 102 Street  Westworld 15 (aka Lands End) Approved the final plat for a 15 lot residential subdivision on 7.5 acres with reduced front and rear yard setbacks, wall and entry features for single family residential, Environmentally Sensitive Lands zoning.

Granite Reef Townhomes (aka Hudson East) on the former Voltaire French restaurant site -- McDonald Drive/Granite Reef Rd area-- generated considerable concern for a roof top "patio" and that in the future could it become a true 3rd story enclosure. Council approved the plan adding the stipulation that except for a stairwell penthouse above the 2nd story to access a roof top patio and parapet walls or railing, a patio above the 2nd story shall not be enclosed by walls, roof or trellis. It passed 7/0.

$75,000 ArtWalk funding for 3 years.  Beginning in FY 2017/18, funding not to exceed $75,000 per year with the Scottsdale Gallery Association from the portion of the Tourism
Development Fund for the development of the ArtWalk event.

$75,000 Grand Prix race one-time event funding Funding not to exceed $75,000 from the portion of the Tourism Development Fund

$650,000 for AZ Canal Public Art event. The Scottsdale City Council unanimously approved $650,000 in funding to support and expand Canal Convergence. The annual event displays the works of local and international artists in and along the banks of the Arizona Canal. Funding comes from the Tourism Development Fund derived from bed-tax collections. The funding will provide for two temporary art installations on the Canal Banks for this November as well as funding the upcoming event’s transition from four consecutive days to two weekends. The temporary art installations are intended to draw people downtown throughout the season as well as support Scottsdazzle. Ultimately the plan is to expand the popular Canal Convergence to 10 days and move it from February to November to draw additional visitation in the shoulder season to further support Downtown Scottsdale and Scottsdale’s tourism industry. Canal Convergence will be held Friday and Saturday evenings from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on February 23-24, 2018 and March 2-3, 2018 before it transitions to a 10-day event in November 2018.

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Sonnie Kirtley, COGS Chair 



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