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The Scottsdale Arts District enriches us once again.  Don't miss the Oct 12th  group exhibition opening created by eight female Valley Artists, titled “Perceptive Expressions

Perceptive Expressions highlights the work of Cyndy Carstens, Lori Furcini, Lori Landis, Victoria Monize, Sandra Ortega, Dina Petruzzi, Jackie Rolanardi and Kim Walker. It will debut during the weekly Scottsdale Art Walk, 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 12, at Carstens Fine Art Studio & Gallery in downtown Scottsdale at 7077 E. Main Street. The Oct. 12 gallery opening will offer guests an opportunity to meet the artists while enjoying light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres.

The Carstens Fine Art Studio & Gallery is open daily. The exhibition may be viewed during business hours, Oct. 12-27.


Thursday, 5 Oct. Home School Day at the Museum of the West. 10 am to 2 pm. $5 special entry RSVP email Activities and “Day in the Life of a Rancher” film  11:30 am, 12:30 and 1:30 pm…..Real Estate Fraud session in Mustang Library auditorium 1 to 3 pm. Register Hiking with Kids  pediatrician and McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Steward speaker in Mustang Library 10101 N 90th St from 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Saturday, 7 Oct. Shredding Event Walmart 15355 N Northsight Blvd $4 per banker box or paper bag 7 to 10 am or until trucks fill….How’s My Driving? Charity Golf Tournament teamed with a police officer from POSA. McCormick Ranch Golf Club 7505 E McCormick Pkwy $200 per person includes buffet. for details.
Saturday and Sunday 7th & 8th Oct. RAILFAIR 10 am to 5 pm FREE at McCormick-Stillman RR Park 7301 E Indian Bend Rd . Model train displays, vintage railroad equipment, presentations on AZ railroad history.
Monday, 9 Oct. Mountain Bike Ride 7:45-11 am Brown’s Ranch Trailhead 30301 N Alma School Parkway. An Advanced to intermediate riding skill is recommended to explore the western side of the northern region. Be sure to have knobby tires, helmet, water and snacks.
Tuesday, 10 Oct. Life Re-Imagined  FREE at Granite Reef Senior Center 1700 N Granite Reef/north of McDowell Rd. Ages 50 yrs and older to review values, skills, talents and gain new insights and best practices. Register at


YES, the public may speak tonight (4 Oct) starting at 5 pm at the  General Plan Amendment hearing to be held at Cocopah Middle School 6615 E Cholla St.

Projects requesting amendments to our General Plan 2001 to gain approval: 
Siena Estates 5814, 5811, and 5805 N Cattletrack-north of McDonald Drive and 7676 E Pinnacle Peak formerly PF Chang China Bistro headquarters and Bell Group Self Storage south of Shea Blvd approx 116th Street.  The Solare on McDowell project 6601 E. McDowell Road on 12.3 acres has been withdrawn. It cannot apply for one year although rumors are that financing was the problem.

Bell Group Self Storage project on Shea Blvd. has opposition from some residents in Montana Ranch and Scottsdale Ranch with concerns for 24 hour storage access and the negative impact of other potential uses allowed if the zoning change is approved and property resold. Details here
Entire agenda and details are at this link

NEXT CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEMS OF NOTE for the Tuesday, October 10th meeting:
Grayhawk Plaza
 is on the Consent Agenda -no public discussion and one council vote on all Consent Items. There is no development proposed and no changes in the existing site. It is to separate the tax parcels for real estate billing. Additionally
WestWorld is requesting the transfer of $530,000 to a capital improvement paving project that includes a $200,000 contribution from Barrett -Jackson and $330,000 from the Tourism Development Fund. Also are an asphalt bid of $260,542.87 and authorizing $160,000 for electrical improvements to Lot H and $377,000 from the Tourism Development Fund for the purchase of portable RV pedestals.

NEW and RECENT LAND CASES that might impact you:
12481 E Shea Blvd Hanella Estates  Request to amend the Zoning District Map from single family homes (R1-43 ESL) to Planned Residential Development on 5 approx. acres. Case 18-ZN-2017. Reminder: When PRD is approved that does not mean the lot sizes will be 43,000 sq ft. There are "bonuses" the developer can receive per a 1986 chart and density increased.
10455 E Pinnacle Peak Parkways Ryan Assisted Living Community
request to amend a Zoning District Map stipulations from a previous case for a new site plan and additional building height on 5.9 acres. Case 17-ZN-2017
s not being undertaken for redevelopment purposes.”

The DC Ranch Park and GreatHearts Academy proposed athletic field issue is resolved. (Because of state law,  a public charter school is allowed to bypass zoning regulations and deed restrictions.) Congratulations to both DC Ranch leadership and GreatHearts Academy, the charter school has located other suitable property for its sports complex and the DC Ranch acreage will remain as a future park when funds are available.

Do you have a 15 to 18 year old teenager who needs a job?
The Scottsdale Teen Employment Program has a free Future Forum for residents or students ages 15-18 years old.The Future Forum 2017 spans over three days during the Scottsdale Unified School District fall break — 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10; Wednesday, Oct. 11; and Thursday, Oct. 12. The event will be held at Vista del Camino Community Center, 7700 E. Roosevelt Street in Scottsdale. Each day will cover a different set of topics, all geared to help teens develop a path to their future. Topics presented will include completing job applications, preparing for interviews and successfully gaining employment. Professional resume assistance will be offered as well. Teens can choose any or all of the Forum days they would like to attend.

Is  your talent unique designs?  Perhaps a flag?
The City of Scottsdale has a challenge for you--design a unique flag for our city.  Designs may be submitted to the city’s website  or during business hours at any Scottsdale Public Library through to the 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27 deadline.The city’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission will evaluate the designs and select a number of worthy concepts to move forward to online public input. City Council will determine the selected design that should be a recognizable symbol of the unique features of our city.

Where do you find a Haver home, Peaceful Valley, Southwest Village, Cattletrack and Sherwood Heights?
Answer: At the November 12th, Sunday, Scottsdale Home Tours. Willing homeowners with unique southern and downtown Scottsdale homes will open their doors from 11 am to 4 pm. The $25 ticket is available on the website    There will be no shuttle bus this year so please car pool or ride your bike. The event will benefit the Scottsdale Fire Department charities.

Scottsdale by the Numbers: 
Population 231,200 proud residents with 6,804 volunteers in the city and 600 McDowell Sonoran Preserve Conservancy volunteers inside our Preserve. There are 2,148 full time employees and 531 part-time employees. Ever wondered about the elevation? Lowest point is 1,150 ft at our southern edge with Tempe. The Scottsdale airport is 1,510 ft and the highest point in the Preserve is 4,877ft. We are 31 miles north to south and 11.4 miles at our widest location. YES, our boundaries proceed north of Carefree and Cave Creek towns.    History: In 1951 there were only 2,021 residents.
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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