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04/28/19 Newsletter

Finding out too late about a proposed project?
HOW can the city improve alerting you


The 2019 COGS members have elected unanimously to their Board of Directors for 3- year terms: Marilynn Atkinson (Sherwood Heights), Betty Janik (Windgate), Susan Kaufman (Troon North), Sonnie Kirtley (Caballo Ranchos), and Howard Myers (Carriage Trails). They join Jim Davis (Estancia), Stan Morganstern (Rural Scottsdale) and “Copper” Phillips (Rural Scottsdale), Chris Schaffner (Las Sombras) and Nick Thomas (central Scottsdale). Terms are staggered. Next vacancies are 2020.

The ballot question to convert COGS from a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 to nonprofit 501 (c ) 4 was approved 85.29% to 14.71%. This change will allow greater flexibility for the organization to be active in legislative issues, city candidate elections and as a broader public issue advocate.  We may also hire attorneys when appropriate. Previously we were required to have a separate Political Committee and now the Coalition of Greater Scottsdale volunteers can conduct all those activities under the 501 (c ) 4 status. Although donations of any size may be accepted with this new designation, COGS cannot receive tax-deductible charitable contributions.  


From 1964 we Old Timers bought our ice cream at the Polynesian Dairy Queen on McDowell Road and 68th Street. After 1980 the building was repurposed as Enterprise RV and car rental then was vacant for years.  But thanks to Clayton Properties, last Friday it was dismantled with plans to relocate the main tiki-structure to a renovation site planned near Hayden Road and Osborn. The Development Review Board will review the proposed restaurant and retail design for the new location later this spring.


May calendar Center for the Performing Arts   Details at
May calendar Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art   Details
May calendar Scottsdale Libraries ..Attend incredible toddler to adult
offerings at your local library.          ......................Details at
Tuesdays through Sundays
Museum of the West …enjoy a free docent-led tours  Three docent-led museum tours are regularly offered Tuesday through Sunday at 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. CLICK HERE for more information. Location: Arts District- south on Marshall from Main Street or from Scottsdale Road walk westward one block on 2nd Street.

Sunday, Apr, 28th 1:00 PM April Pools Day
 Free. Eldorado Pool  . Drowning is no joke – get pool safety information. "April Pools Day" features drowning prevention information, a mock rescue, interactive booths, games and More...
7:30 PM McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park's Concert Series 
Free admission. Enjoy a variety of local bands from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Sundays at the park. Bring a blanket, chairs and snacks More..

Saturday, May 4th

7:00 AM May Cops Shred It Day
Cost: $4.00 a box  POSA Outreach Don't be a victim of Identity theft. Participate in the Police Officers of Scottsdale Association (POSA)  shredding More...

7:30 AM Electronics Recycling Collection Day
Free for Scottsdale residents  Scottsdale residents can recycle unwanted electronics. Items accepted include computer, office and entertainment equipment.  More...

5:00 PM Paiute Picnic in the Park
 Free  Games, promotional booths, live entertainment and food for sale will all be part of the May 4 Paiute Picnic in the More...

5:00 PM  "Choo" Movie Night
Movie is free to attend, with $2 train and carousel rides.  The Force will be strong at the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park as we More...

Sunday, May, 5th

7:30 PM McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park's Concert Series 
Free admission. Enjoy a variety of local bands from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Sundays at the park. Bring a blanket, chairs and snacks More...

Sunday, May, 19 th

4:00 PM Scottsdale Philharmonic Concert
Free. Contact: Scottsdale Philharmonic  Hear a professional symphony orchestra concert. Doors open at 3 p.m. The group receives support through the city's Community Event Funding program.  More...

Open Houses—Your Public Comment encouraged

The city of Scottsdale is preparing a text amendment to the Zoning Ordinance (Ordinance No. 455) for the purpose of amending certain sections of Article V. (District Regulations), Article VI. (Supplementary Districts), and other applicable sections of the Zoning Ordinance, to consolidate commercial, industrial and parking district land use regulations into a single matrix. The city will host two open houses for case 6-TA-2017

Wednesday, May 155:30 to 6:30 p.m. One Civic Center Ste. 105, Rooms 1, 2, 3

7447 E. Indian School Road and Thursday, May 165:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Via Linda Senior Center, Room 710440 E. Via Linda

                              RECENT COMMISSION DECISION:
Planning Commission   vote 5 to 1 (Smith dissenting) Commissioner Serena moved and Commissioner Fakih seconded to recommend to city council to review the Public Outreach process as it related to Planning and Zoning. Multiple residents spoke to support improving the notifications to not only neighborhoods and businesses near a proposed project but to include “alerts” to citywide interested residents. Additionally, the speakers encouraged that staff prepare their presentation to include how the proposed project will benefit the city economically and benefit the public (quality of life impact? Impact on home investment?).

Approved 6-0 Case 3-ZN-2017  Deer Valley Townhomes 21818 N. Miller Road Request by applicant for a zoning map amendment, for a +/-1-acre site (212-02-010E), from the Planned Convenience Center (PCoC) district, to the Medium Density Residential (R-3) district, to allow for the development of a 9-unit, townhome community, located on the northwest corner of E. Deer Valley Road and N. Miller Road,

Approved 6-0   Case 16-UP-2018 The Living Room Gainey Ranch at 8977 N. Scottsdale Rd Ste 500 Request by applicant for approval of a Conditional Use Permit for live entertainment in a +/-9670 sq.ft. restaurant with Central Business Planned Community District (C-2 PCD) zoning.

Both approved 6-0 with stipulations 4-ZN-2018 & 2-II-2018 The Goldwater 7000 E. 4th Street. Request by owner for approve of an Infill Incentive District application and Zoning District Map Amendment from Downtown/Residential Hotel-Type 2, Downtown Overlay (D/RH-2, DO) to Downtown/Downtown Multiple Use -Type 2 Planned Block Development Overlay, Downtown Overlay (D/DMU-2, PBD, DO) zoning including a development plan with amended development standards, for a mixed use development with a building height of 70 feet on a +/-1.19-acre site

 5-AB-2018 (The Goldwater Abandonment )Request by owner to abandon ten feet of right of way located on the north half E. 4th St. and a portion of N. 70th Street for the property located at 7000 E. 4th St., currently zoned Downtown/Residential Hotel-Type 2, Downtown Overlay (D/RH-2, DO) zoning

The hearing is in the Kiva (city hall) on Thursday, May 2nd, 1 pm 
Miller and McDowell Townhomes 1501 North Miller Road Request approval of the site plan, landscape plan, and building elevations for a new 3-story-tall residential development, with 16 dwelling units in approximately 31,000 square feet of building area, all on a 1.1-acre site.
Black Rock Coffee 10683 North 116th Street  Request approval of the site plan, landscape plan, and building elevations for a new restaurant with approximately 1,920 square feet of building area, approximately 290 square feet of outdoor patio, and a drive-through service window, all on a 0.38-acre pad site in the Mountainside Plaza shopping center.
911-PA-2018 Honor Health will be submitting their architecture, site design and landscaping plan for the new Neuroscience Institute to be built in the vacant lot to the west of the hospital on Osborn Road. They do not need to request rezoning or additional height or density. If you want details or have questions, contact 480 587 5085 or city staff at

Thank you for taking your valuable time to read the COGS E Newsletter and to be informed on what is happening in YOUR city.  There are several Hot Issues brewing such as (1) who is suiting up to run for city council and mayor in 2020?  (2) is the public ground swell to improve the current Noise Ordinance sufficient to result in city re-write actions that protect existing neighborhoods? (3) Will the Rural and large-lot areas of Scottsdale survive as optional lifestyles or will they continue to disappear? (4) Is the rumor true that ....(stay tuned)...

We are an all volunteer group ready to help you, your neighborhood, and/or your HOA with city research, procedures, and solutions on issues that affect your quality of Scottsdale life.  Our positions, previous newsletters and who we are will be found on our website.

Sonnie Kirtley, COGS Chair 



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