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05/31/19 Newsletter

We applaud the Historic Town & Country subdivision and Trammell Crow Residential on their teamwork that improved the proposed Alexan Scottsdale.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!  Historic Town & Country subdivision spokesperson, Ryan Smith and Coronado Neighborhood Schools Alliance leader Nancy Cantor both praised developer Trammell Crow Residential for working closely with the neighborhoods during their proposed Alexan Scottsdale project. The city council approved the project 7-0 on May 21st. It will be a two and four stories apartment complex with 282 units of one, two and three bedrooms. The rentals are described as “affordable”.  Because of constructive dialogue, 17 power lines will be buried; setbacks from property lines were increased on Scottsdale Road; one building height was reduced to reduce neighborhood impact; architecture will be mid-century modern (Ralph Haver, architect tribute); an 8 foot perimeter wall will buffer neighborhoods.  BUT, the greatest gift is the free public space for Police Officers of Scottsdale Association (POSA) that will serve as their office and meeting place as well as a Beat Office for District 1 Scottsdale police officers. 

Mr. Ryan was quoted in the Scottsdale Independent newspaper as saying “Community voices are louder when they are educated on the development they are voicing ideas towards and they bring forward realistic suggestions that have value for both the community and the developer… The moral of this story is that when residents and developers are willing to work together, great things can happen."
         Northern Scottsdale
Impact Church will not build north of Costco on Hayden Road. Readers will recall that a large parcel at 15301 N. Hayden Road was approved in 2014 for a new location for the Impact Church. Adjacent to it (and part of the original parcels) was also approved a high-rise residential complex called Core Apartments, that is now completed. Their new request is to re-establish the commercial zoning and develop it with restaurant/retail and office uses.  The first open house was this evening, May 30th from 6 to 7:30 pm at their church 15650 N 83rd Way. Your comments can be added to the public record at The preliminary application case number is 906-PA-2018.

10683 and 10687 North 116th Street You can attend the Thursday, June 6th developer’s open house regarding their request to change a sign stipulation from 8 feet to 11 ft 5 1/4 inches on the Black Rock Coffee restaurant. The location of the open house is LaQuinta Inn & Suites 8888 E Shea Blvd from 6 to 8 pm. Contact Angie Grendahl at 602 313 8635 if you have questions.

What is happening on the Master Plan for Indian Bend Wash? These are plans for our Greenbelt from Thomas Road to McKellips Road. It includes two parks-- Vista del Camino and Eldorado. There are currently playgrounds, trails, bicycle routes, fishing lakes, sports field, skate park, aquatic center and a golf course.
Public open houses are completed.
An updated Master Plan will go through public hearings this Fall 2019.
Citizen commissioners and board members of Parks & Recreation  Commission and the Planning Commission will review the updated Master Plan and finally the City Council will approve/reject/continue the plan.
To stay informed, go to and search “Master Plan”. If you attended and signed in at the public open houses, you will automatically receive notice of any future meetings.
Scottsdale employee team wins Valley Bike Month Team Challenge. In just a month, Scottsdale’s 15-member cycling team "AZ Single Speed" logged 589 trips, rode 2,462 miles and burned 120,767 calories. Their efforts not only earned them slimmer waists but also a first-place victory in the 2019 Valley Bike Month Team Challenge (medium-sized team category). Led by Senior Management Analyst Monica Staats, the team included employees from Transportation, Facilities, Citizen Services, Human Services, Public Works and Fire Departments. They had 100 percent participation and are estimated to have saved 115 gallons of gas and 2,264 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions. CONGRATULATIONS!

You can provide suggestions to make Scottsdale even more bike friendly. With 174 miles of bike lanes and 129 miles of paved shared use paths, Scottsdale is one of only 39 communities nationwide rated Gold level or higher by the League of American Bicyclists for its bicycle friendliness. We want the higher platinum rating! The Transportation Department is hosting a pair of meetings so you can share your thoughts on how we can achieve this community goal. The first meeting was held  Thursday, May 30 but you can still make the second from 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, at Mustang Library on 90th Street south of Shea Blvd. Get more information at this link bicycling in Scottsdale.
 Our McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park won the national title for Favorite Park.  More than 3500 online votes and 2,400 instagram posts from Scottsdale residents edged out Amerson River Park in Macon Georgia in the final vote as 35 finalist parks competed for the 2019 ELGL Knope Award. The description is for the nation's best park or open space. Don't miss a real family-friendly experience in the 30 acre location at SE corner of Indian Bend Road and Scottsdale Road. Ride the Paradise & Pacific Railroad or the 1950 vintage Allan Herschell carousel. Children (and adults) are amazed at the massive model railroad FREE museum house near the center of the park.

Downtown Rodeo Museum …FOUND IT YET? Scottsdale has a new Rodeo Museum! Enjoy never-before-seen artifacts of Scottsdale’s rodeo history including original Parada del Sol Rodeo posters that boast artwork by the likes of Master Artist Kenneth M. Freeman (once called the Rembrandt of Rodeo), bull ropes, and saddles from world famous rodeo champions such as Jake Barns. It is located in the Ortega Livery at Brown Ave and 2nd Street—across from the Mission restaurant.
Have library fines? You can wash them away. Scottsdale libraries are waiving 50 cents in fines for every bottled water donation, up to $24.99. The bottled water will be distributed to Vista del Camino's hydration station to assist vulnerable citizens during the summer
Fight the bite … from mosquitoes. Help eliminate and prevent mosquitoes from breeding by following these simple tips.

Summer is bee season. Learn how to protect yourself. If you are attacked, run as far and as fast as possible; get shelter in a building or car; cover your eyes and face; don't swat at bees; and don't jump into a pool. Call a bee removal company if you find a hive on private property. Call 480-312-5000 if it's on city-owned property.
Learn how a Polish Catholic swimmer survived Auschwitz to live the American dream. Author Katrina Shawver shares highlights of her award-winning biography, "Henry – A Polish Swimmer's True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America." The free program runs from 6p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at the Civic Center Library.

. Click here to review all those summer programs near you.  Scottsdale Parks and Recreation offers a variety of sports, classes and fitness instruction for everyone.

Saturday, June 8th from 7 am to noon is the annual Mighty Mud Mania at Chaparral Park located on Hayden Road just north of Chaparral Road. This free event is an age-assigned set of muddy obstacle courses. Yes--you get hosed off when completing the course but BRING A CHANGE OF CLOTHES. Register at and search "Mighty Mud Mania" for details.

From 4 pm to 9:30 pm events for the whole family will include live professional games and meet the gamers, play Battle Royale Laser Tag, and build forts . The fireworks will color the sky and delight the entire family.

Do you have one of those doorbells with an "eye" or a video security camera? If a crime occurs, police can refer to the secure CamerEyes Program database and contact camera owners nearby to see if anything may have been recorded that could aid in the investigation. The database is voluntary and contains only basic contact information. Fill out a quick online questionnaire at and search "CamerEyes" for more details.

Upcoming restrictions:
The southbound curb lane on Goldwater Boulevard will be closed immediately south of Highland Avenue 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 17 - 19 for construction.
New restrictions:
The westbound curb lane on Shea Boulevard will be closed immediately east of 142nd Street 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 30 - June 3 for utility work.
The southbound curb lane on Scottsdale Road will be closed at Thunderbird Road 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 4 - 18 (except Sundays) for boring. During those same times and dates the eastbound curb lane on Thunderbird Road will be closed at Scottsdale Road, and the westbound curb lane on Thunderbird Road will be close from 73rd Street to Scottsdale Road.
Shea Boulevard will be reduced to one lane in each direction from 96th Street to 136th Street weekdays June 1 - 25 for road work. 
Curb lanes in both directions on Shea Boulevard will be closed at 77th Place 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays June 4 - 28 for utility work. During those same times and dates the eastbound median and left turn lanes on Shea Boulevard will be closed. 
Traffic in either direction on Sutton Drive will be shifted to the center of the road immediately west of Miller Road 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 3 - 14 (except Sundays) for utility work.
The southbound curb lane on 74th Street will be closed at Shea Boulevard 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 3 - 14 (except Sundays) for utility work.


As response to the members' vote of approval, COGS is moving forward on the transition to a non-profit 501(c) 4 from our current 501 (c) 3 organizational structure.  This will permit COGS and our members to be actively involved in city elections  without a  Political Committee.  Although our website posts positions on individual land case and city government decisions and issues, we need more flexibility in reporting to you and in taking action.

The Board of Directors are currently drafting 2019 position papers on Hot Issue topics. Positions will be posted in June on (1) UP-ZONING  Many current city council decisions  approve  zoning changes that result in increased density and/or height.  There is often a negative impact on the quality of life on existing neighborhoods and businesses in Scottsdale. (2) NOISE ORDINANCE  The current decibel standard is not providing excessive noise protection for residential and nearby businesses. Compared to other cities, it is too lenient and results in no code enforcement action that brings relief. Pervasive noise generating businesses continue to receive approval for Conditional Use Permits as well as liquor license renewals--not a single one has  been denied. (3) RURAL AREA PROTECTION Large lot acreage homes, equestrian areas and rural areas of our city as an optional lifestyle are being rezoned to smaller lots and clustered (close together) homes. Existing rural homeowners are being impacted with the loss of privacy, loss of open space and views and loss of a predictable future of rural living.

2019 Coalition of Greater Scottsdale (COGS) officers are:

  • Executive Director    Sonnie Kirtley (Caballo Ranchos)

  • Vice President          Stan Morganstern (Rural area)

  • Treasurer                  Jim Davis (Estancia)

  • Secretary                  Copper Phillips (Rural area)

  • Other Board of Directors:  Marilynn Atkinson (Sherwood), Chris Schaffner (Los Sombros II), Howard Myers (Carriage Trails), Nick Thomas (moving), Susan Kauffman (Troon North)

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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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