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09/15/19 Newsletter

So Many Events and Terrific City Programs in September

About this issue: So much is happening in Scottsdale with September to December events, new land case requests and proposed developments plus an increase in terrific programs for all ages (yes! toddler to seniors) that are available for you and your family throughout the city. Our goal is to provide you with the information and the links for you to research the details on what impacts you through city decisions and about available free and low-cost programs and services that will enrich your life in Scottsdale.

EVENTS for your calendar
THURSDAY EVENINGS--  Enjoy Scottsdale ArtWalk - an American original. Stroll at your own pace, wander into galleries through a festive area, and enjoy dramatic statues, bubbling fountains, tree-covered courtyards, famed restaurants and live music. ArtWalk galleries and businesses are open 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, year-round in the Old Town ARTS DISTRICT located west of Scottsdale Road on Main Street and north on Marshall Way.
Saturday, Oct. 19th 8 pm Monica Heuser’s Tribute: Remember Patsy Cline
Celebrate the music of Patsy Cline with Monica Heuser and over 25 of Cline's hit songs, accompanied by a live country band. Monica Heuser has 30 years' worth of extensive credits in professional theatre and is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association (since 2001). Heuser has been sanctioned by the estate of Patsy Cline for the title role in the national tour of A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline and Always, Patsy Cline for two decades. Learn More.
Saturday, Sept 21st 4 to 7 pm Looking for a little splash? Don't miss the Old-Fashioned Picnic event at Cactus Park located at 7202 E. Cactus Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85260. There will be a 75-foot hill water slide, water tag arena, free play area, sprinkler oasis, city booths and food for sale. This is a free event.
For more information visit and search 'Grand Ole Fashioned Picnic'.
Saturday, Sept 21st MUSEUM DAY !! Free admission to local museums is part of Smithsonian magazine's Museum Day.  Both the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West offer free admission. Tickets, provide free admission for two people, are available to download at Smithsonian Museum Day. A "Get A Ticket" button will appear on the Smithsonian website and you will be asked to enter your name, email address and confirm the museum you wish to attend before downloading your ticket. You must bring your printed ticket with you.
Scottsdazzle events announced          
Friday, Nov 9th thru Saturday Dec 21st The City of Scottsdale announced the return of Scottsdazzle, the city’s annual holiday celebration with events happening throughout the Old Town area. The events will be free and family friendly. This year’s Canal Convergence follows the theme of “The Story of Water,” and many of the large-scale, light-based installations will reference that theme. A majority of the installations will have interactive components, and some will explore ideas of sustainability in support of Canal Convergence’s goal of becoming a zero-waste event. Admission is free. Visit for information and updates to the lineup and schedule The city encourages locals to enjoy their downtown in the daytime and to stay for evening lit displays. Read the Whole Story >>
New Case and Project Updates

New Cases


20707 N. Pima Road map it
Near Pima Road and Thompson Peak Pkwy. Request by applicant for a Conditional Use Permit for live entertainment at Benedetto’s in a +/- 3,818 square foot space.

Case Project Updates

Development applications in the review process that have recently submitted revised documents.


4343 N. Scottsdale Road map it
Near Scottsdale Road and Camelback Road (Old Town). Request approval of a new freestanding street entry structure.


6080 E. Thomas Road map it
Near Thomas Road and 64th St. Request approval of a site plan, landscape plan, and building elevations for a new minimal residential healthcare facility.


SEC of E. Rio Verde Drive and N. 136th St. map it
Near E. Rio Verde Drive and N. 136th St. Request approval for a Zoning District Map Amendment for a luxury single-family residential master planned community.


AUTO REPAIR SERVICE An open house is being held regarding a potential conditional use permit application to allow for a new 5,400 square foot auto repair/care facility. 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23  office of SimonCRE  6900 E. 2nd St.  Scottsdale, AZ 85251. If you don’t attend you can send comments to Mr. Peter Krahenbuhl   480-887-0644  
VOTE:  An updated website and web address make finding city election information easy--and the site itself is easy to find too – just visit Scottsdale.Vote. That web address points to the city's official election information page, which has been rebuilt with a cleaner, simpler format that is also responsive for cell phones and tablets. Visit Scottsdale.Vote. to find questions and answers, 58 project lists and official ballot language for Scottsdale’s Nov. 5 Special Election, which features three city bond questions.
Learn about non-major General Plan amendment request to add state statute requirements. The public is invited to learn about and provide feedback on Case 5-GP-2019 (PDF), a request for a non-major amendment to the city’s General Plan 2001. Attend one of two open houses: 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Copper Ridge School, 10101 N. Thompson Peak Parkway; or from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the city’s Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Road. In addition, the Planning Commission will discuss, but not act on the item at its Wednesday, Sept. 25, meeting. It begins at 5 p.m. in City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Since the 2001 General Plan adoption, there have been two state statute changes regarding the requirements municipalities must have as part of their adopted General Plan: An Energy Element and a Neighborhood Preservation and Revitalization Element. Staff also is recommending other content updates to bring the Scottsdale General Plan up to existing community conditions. 
COGS Editorial Note: The city is required to bring an updated General Plan to Scottsdale voters every ten years. Obviously they are out-of-compliance using this 18 year old document. The AZ State Attorney General states there is “no enforcement” other than the city should be “working on an update”. The ancient 2001 land planning guidelines that are used to direct/approve development projects are resulting in more residents’ complaints.  What happened? For more than a year 25 council-appointed volunteers spent hundreds of hours (and city staff hours) drafting a 2012 GP update.  It was shelved by ???.  We are informed that another Task Force will be appointed and the voters may see a “GP 2035” at the 2021 ballot box. This has to be very disappointing for the original Task Force members
Next Citywide Cleaning Event    Mark your calendar for the next citywide litter pick-up event on Saturday, October 26, 2019 which is National Make A Difference Day.  More information coming soon.
View road construction projects and traffic restrictions anytime! Visit and search "traffic restrictions" or View current restrictions on city streets in the Scottsdale map center. Get the latest information on traffic conditions and accidents by following us on
Pima Freeway construction impacts travel. The Arizona Department of Transportation continues widening the Loop 101 from Interstate 17 in Phoenix to Pima Road in Scottsdale. Learn more about the project and upcoming restrictions, and subscribe to updates at ADOT’s project webpage
CENSUS 2020 jobs available. Paid weekly. Go to $19.50/hr plus mileage allowance. Or call 800 877 8389

.Register and get more information. Participants will learn about emerging trends in STEM – science, technology, engineering and math. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, at the Tuesday, Sept. 17Register for this year’s summit which runs all day Hear what state’s pros have to say at STEM and Innovation Summit. 
Enter Mayor’s Constitution Day Contest by Tuesday. Commemorate the signing of the constitution by submitting art/video or an essay. Prizes will be awarded in both categories for three age groups. Deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 17.  
Purchasing - Goods and Services (Non-Construction) - Bids, Request for Proposals, Request for Qualifications, Request for Quotation
20PA002 - Pricing Agreement - AIRPORT ELECTRICAL REPAIR SERVICES / The City of Scottsdale is requesting quotes from airfield electrical service companies to perform on-call electrical repair services. The services shall include the equipment listed in the specifications as part of the airport's ongoing preventative maintenance program.
Due Date: 10/11/2019, 11:00 am, local time Contact: Teena Giannini, 480-312-5703

The United States Tennis Association Names the Scottsdale Ranch Park Tennis Center a 2019 Outstanding Facility The association established the award to stimulate high standards in tennis facilities and to recognize efforts to make a positive statement about the vitality of the game. Facilities are judged on the overall layout and adaptation to the site, quality of each court area and surface, accessories and amenities, evidence of good and green maintenance, USTA programs, junior tennis programming and contributions to the game.

Scottsdale Ranch Park & Tennis Center
10400 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
SUSTAINABILITY GREEN BUILDING LECTURE SERIES Another year of outstanding lectures to learn the latest and most efficient techniques that improve your habitat and lifestyle. Open the links below for details. Don't miss a single lecture...bring a friend. 
Green Building Lecture Series (PDF).
Additional info at Scottsdale Green Building Program
Contact Alisa McMahon at <>  

1. City is accepting donations for holiday giving programs. Sign up now to help those in need for the holiday Adopt-a-Family and/or Adopt-a-Senior programs. Recipients must meet eligibility requirements: Adopt-a-Family; Adopt-a-Senior.

2. Learn basic emergency skills through Scottsdale’s CERT program. The Scottsdale Community Emergency Response program trains participants in basic disaster prevention and response skills such as disaster preparedness, fire suppression, disaster medical operations, search and rescue, team organization and disaster psychology. The six-week class runs weekly from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays, starting Oct. 10. (no class on Oct. 31). The class fills quickly so register soon.

3. Get schooled at September Neighborhood College classes. Register for the September classes: “Community Association Finances 101,” Thursday, Sept. 19; and “Investor-Owned Properties and Potential Problems,” Wednesday, Sept. 25. Both programs are free and run from 1-3 p.m. at Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St. If you weren’t able to attend previous classes, you can watch them here.
4. Stay & Play at Rio Montaña Park (ages 1-5 / 90 mins / 6-week series) This series will provide opportunities for your child to explore, create and investigate in an intentional play-based environment. Each session will also feature local resource professionals who address a variety of early childhood topics. Stay & Play at Rio Montaña Park
10:30 a.m., Thursdays from now to Oct. 17 Rio Montaña Park, 11180 N. 132nd St., Scottsdale, AZ 85259

5. Girls Who Code  4 p.m., Fridays from Sept. 20 - Nov. 22
 (ages 12-18 / 60 mins / 10-week series) Girls in grades six through 12 are invited to join the library's first Girls Who Code Club. Learn computer science skills, gain confidence, and make new friends in this 10-week course. Registrants are expected to attend all ten weeks. Space is limited, so please register to reserve your spot in the club. Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251

6. My Journey Through Eldercare
Tim Delaney offers support and resources for people who are caring for elderly relatives as they near the end of life. Tim offers his personal perspective through the lens of his own journey through eldercare and shares what he's learned along the way as he cared for his own parents.
I Wish I'd Met Me 5 Years Ago: My Journey Through Eldercare
5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18 (Part 1)
5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25 (Part 2)
Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251
7. Investment and Saving Topics for Everyone This Fall!
Join on Saturdays in September and October to learn about emergency funds, insurance, and many saving and investing topics for every stage of life. Topics in September include: Investing Basics; Ready or Not: Preparing for the Unexpected; Stocks: The Nuts and Bolts; and Focused on Fixed Income.
Investing Basics
11 a.m., Saturdays
Stocks: The Nuts and Bolts
11 a.m., Saturday from Sept. 21
Focused on Fixed Income
11 a.m., Saturday from Sept. 28
All programs are 11 a.m. Saturdays, in the Loft at Civic Center Library
Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Watch Master Gardener Carol Stuttard demonstrate how to prepare your low desert garden for fall planting.  
Scottsdale took an audacious step in 1985; it began requiring fire sprinklers in residential homes. More than three decades after that controversial decision, Scottsdale remains a leader in the fire suppression field and residents continue to reap the benefits of a system that saves lives and property. BTW if you are in an older home and remodel greater than a specific percentage, you will be required to add sprinklers.  Check city offices to stay in compliance.

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Sonnie Kirtley, COGS Newsletter Editor (and Chair Emeritus)



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