HOT ISSUES THIS WEEK
WHERE to spend the $28 million from the sale of the city’s “Loloma curve” land that is part of the Museum Square Project? (1) provide parking relief for the nearby Arts District and businesses by constructing a 2 to 3 story parking garage on the city-owned surface lot south of Panera Bread? (2) add a majority of the $28 million to the Giants Stadium project? (3) spend some on the Indian Bend Wash Master Plan to benefit southern Scottsdale parks and recreation? City Manager, Jim Thompson, will be presenting the options to the city council where the decision will be made.
At Oak Street and Hayden Road a developer has plans to add more apartments. Area homeowners will pressure that its site plan requires entry and exits only onto Hayden and not narrow, residential Oak Street. Again, as soon as a case number is available COGS will send you the link to review the project
Toothless “Noise Ordinance” continues to plague area residents and businesses. When a bar sets up outside music on their upper deck with speakers (contrary to specific ban); when bar music permeates the windows of the adjacent businesses and neither customer nor phone conversations can be heard; when a bar builds a “temporary performance stage” without a building permit and holds hard rock outdoor concerts that impacts residents up to two miles…. WHERE IS THE ENFORCEMENT?
More AirB& B and other company’s overnight, weekend and short-term rentals are invading our quiet, residential neighborhoods. WHY aren’t they considered commercial and not allowed in residential/single family areas? Your State of Arizona “leaders” have passed laws to allow this invasion. To add fuel, these companies are filing lawsuits so they don’t have to pay rental taxes. See this link https://www.wired.com/story/inside-airbnbs-guerrilla-war-against-local-governments/
New Scottsdale group forms: In response to growing concerns about pesticides in our soil, water, air and food, a small group of Scottsdale citizens has organized a petition drive to ask the Scottsdale City Council to curtail the use of pesticides on municipal properties (for example, parks and athletic fields) by adopting a "least hazardous first" pest management strategy. “Pesticides” include, for example, herbicides, insecticides and rodenticides. The petition and other information are available at scottsdalebelieve.com and instructions how to become an involved volunteer.
Kelsey Young-Pasquel has resigned from the Planning Commission. An Ethics Complaint was filed against her last week because of her public comments that the Papago Plaza project neighborhood concerns were “fake”. She also stated that people who don’t live in the area should not have an opinion on the project. She recently married a member of the Papago Project developer’s team and has moved to Phoenix so is no longer qualified to serve on a city commission.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR AND COME HUNGRY
The COGS spring potluck is Saturday, April 13th starting 4:30 pm and held on a near-downtown private patio. Join our COGS members, COGS E Newsletter readers, volunteers from the Scottsdale Coalition, Community Council of Scottsdale, Southern Scottsdale Project, Coronado Neighborhood Schools Alliance, No DDC, Scottsdale Believe, SNAP and other citizen advocacy groups as we share dynamic conversations on city issues and possible solutions actionable by our multiple organizations. Easels and tables will be available for you to distribute information about your group. Let’s release the Power of Positive. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send you the address to share with your members and the guests you invite. No electioneering, please.
DEVELOPER OPEN HOUSES TO ATTEND:
Monday, 25 March 6pm Granite Reef Senior Center 1700 N Granite Reef Rd
Tuesday, 26 March 6 pm Scottsdale Quarter Management Office 15059 N Scottsdale Rd, suite 205
If approved, this would take effect CITYWIDE. Digital/electronic messaging displays would be allowed on a “tower or column”, minimum size of 36 sq. ft. , can change message every 8 seconds, can’t be flashing or moving lights, must be off 11pm to sunrise if within 500 ft of a residential district. Case Numbers 1-TA-2019 123-PA-2019 15257 N Scottsdale Road.
Land Cases that might affect YOU….
Alert--change in the Scottsdale Peak project, SE corner Miller and Williams Drive. Already approved by Design Review Board, the developer proposes to change to the originally submitted and previously approved 35K sq.ft building. It will be 2 story with open courtyard/shared entry. All previously approved materials will continue to be used with a “slightly more contemporary twist to the design”. Use will remain office. Case 855 PA 2018 on 7.6 acres. Zoning is C-1. Contact DV7,LLC 480 338 3503 with questions or comments.
Fiesta Ranch on south side of E.Rio Verde Drive and east of 136th Street. ..The loss of more Rural land from one home per several acres to one home per acre or less…Request by owner for a Zoning District Map Amendment from Single-family Residential, Environmentally Sensitive Lands (R1-70 ESL) and Single-family Residential, Environmentally Sensitive Lands (R1-190 ESL) to Planned Community district, Environmentally Sensitive Lands (PCD ESL) zoning with comparable zoning of Single Family Residential (R1-43 and R1-18) and Open Space (OS) districts on a +/- 273 -acre site. Case Numbers 6-ZN-2019 576-PA-2018
Country Inn Hotel 7312 E Thomas Road. Request by owner for approval of a site plan, landscape plan, and building elevations for a new hotel on the +/-36,788-square foot site, zoned Planned Unit Development (PUD Case Numbers 9-DR-201 84-PA-2017
Scottsdale Stadium renovations move forward. The city of Scottsdale, San Francisco Giants and the Scottsdale Charros, partners in the city’s spring training venue, advanced a plan that will modernize the facility to improve the baseball experience and increase the stadium’s usability for non-baseball events and activities. The City Council approved the construction contract required to begin building improvements at the city-owned facility at its March 19 regular meeting.
MORE NEWS ABOUT YOUR CITY’S REPORT CARD
Scottsdale earns high marks from residents in citizen survey. People who live in Scottsdale enjoy a high quality of life and consider the community an excellent place to live, according to responses in the National Citizen Survey conducted in November and December 2018. Respondents gave the city high marks as a place to live, with 97 percent rating Scottsdale "excellent" or "good" in that category. Other areas earning high marks include overall quality of life (96 percent) and neighborhood safety (98 percent), while 96 percent of residents would recommend living in Scottsdale to someone. Read more.
CITY EVENTS TO ENJOY
Attend free Scottsdale Philharmonic concert Sunday.Hear a professional symphony orchestra concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at Scottsdale Bible Church, 7601 E. Shea Blvd. Pieces to be performed include: Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5 (Reformation); Saint-Saens: Dance MaCabre; and Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol. The group receives support through the city's Community Event Funding Program.
Participate in Eldorado Park's annual Wedge Skate Jam, March 30. The fun rolls from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at the skate park. Entry fees are free, but participants must fill out a waiver to compete. Competitors younger than 18 must have a legal guardian with them to register.
Celebrate cycling! April is Valley Bike Month. Spring and bike helmets are in the air as we head toward April, also known as Valley Bike Month among folks partial to peddling. Scottsdale is joining the month-long cycling celebration with a variety of events.
Throttle the thrill … at Arizona Bike Week, April 3-7. Attend the biggest motorcycle event in the Southwest at WestWorld. Highlights include hundreds of world-class vendors, stunt shows, live music, demos, exhibitions, contests, flat track racing, auctions and bike shows. Each night ends with a concert featuring big names in the rock world.
Sunday A'Fair minifestivals continue on Scottsdale Civic Center. Sunday A'Fair features free outdoor concerts by the Valley's top musicians, an arts-and-crafts market and fun activities for children and families. The concerts run from noon-4 p.m. most Sundays through April 7.
Enjoy Scottsdale ArtWalk - an American original. From 7-9 p.m. every Thursday, Old Town galleries open their doors to collector and casual patrons alike to enjoy featured artists, a cultural environment and refreshments.
Browse the city calendar< for more events.
Thank you so much for taking your valuable time to be an informed Scottsdale resident. Contact us at anytime if you need research on a city issue, land project, or have a questions about some activities in your area. We are all volunteers. COGS is entering its 13th year of helping individuals, neighborhoods and HOAs.
The COGS Board of Directors: Chris Schaffner, Copper Phillips, Jim Davis, Howard Myers, Marilynn Atkinson, Nick Thomas, Stan Morganstern and Sonnie Kirtley
Thank you for taking your valuable time to read the COGS E-Newsletter and to be an informed resident. Our help and support are totally free--might charge you a smile and thank you though.
Sonnie Kirtley, COGS Chair