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11/06/19 Newsletter

Super support for both the city and the Scottsdale School District Bond election


FACT: A valid Legal protest was filed by adjacent property owners in opposition to a request by Sunday Goods to rezone their area to allow commercial case 5-ZN-2019 and 2-UP-2019 for the conditional use permit (CUP). The location is south of the Galleria and east of Scottsdale Road at 4255 N Winfield Scott Plaza. The CUP is to operate a medical marijuana dispensary. The Legal Protest requires more council scrutiny of the request and at least a 5 to 2 council vote for approval.

FACT: Any approval of this zoning request to a district other than D (Downtown) is a departure from previous zoning requests in Old Town. (per city staff report)

FACT: AZ state law Title36, Chapter 28.1 states permits issued before 9.30.2016 require the distance of 500 ft from Protected Areas (residential district, elementary, secondary school or pre-school, place of worship, day care, public park). After 9.30.2016 the distance extends to 1500 ft.
FACT: CodaKid computer school for students ages 5 to 15 yrs. old conducts educational classes 87 ft distance.

FACT: A pre-school exists with an 8 year lease 250 ft distance from the proposed project. 
FACT: Solari Plaza is 892 ft. Although obviously a public gathering place and scheduled with Signature Scottsdale events, city staff does not interpret it as a “park.”

FACT: The dispensary is required to have 8 public parking spaces. They physically have 3. The city staff has allowed them to purchase in the In Lieu/phantom parking space program. This lack of physical parking has the potential for dispensary customers to use existing office-business client spaces creating negative impact.

FACT: The existing property owners are residents with the exception of one—and his partner lives here.

FACT: The existing businessmen recognize that medicinal marijuana is legal in Arizona. Sunday Goods has a dispensary 420 South Price, Tempe, AZ that is under 5 miles from Scottsdale downtown and they deliver.

No Evidence: The public relations and law firms representing Sunday Goods claim that the long-time business owners only oppose the re-zoning because they have developers waiting to build high rises.

No Evidence: Sunday Goods representatives claim they will “relocate” the Pre-School. At the Planning Commission hearing, the attorney for that property owner said they have received absolutely no notice of their tenant’s intention to break the 8 yr. lease and move out.

No Evidence: Sunday Goods representatives claim they have the Christian Science Reading Room property in escrow. It is rumored at $2 million purchase and due to close in February 2020 if this re-zoning is council approved.

COGS Comment: Why should business owners who have a long investment history in our city be subjected to re-zoning of their properties for a commercial business? Hopefully you will send your opinions to in support of our Old Town business owners.  Thank you.


CONGRATULATIONS to all who supported our city's and Scottsdale School District needs. Results were posted at 8 p.m with 47,798 ballots cast for the Scottsdale bond election. The unofficial (waiting official certification) results are: 
City Bond Question 1 seeks voter authorization to sell up to $112,600,000 general obligation bonds for parks, recreation, and senior services. 32,891 voted with 69.34% FOR and 30.66% opposed
City Bond Question 2: seeks voter authorization to sell up to $112,300,000 general obligation bonds for community spaces and infrastructure.    32,001 voted with 67.55% FOR and 32.45% opposed
City Bond Question 3 seeks voter authorization to sell up to $94,100,000 general obligation bonds for public safety and technology. 33,881 voted with 72.83% FOR and 27.17% opposed.
The Scottsdale Unified School District M&O override renewal was also approved by 61% of voters, with 25,780 ballots cast.
NOTE: The projects approved by voters are not all built at the same time. Interest on bonds only occur from the date the project funding begins. For some city projects it will be immediately and others several years. No new secondary taxes on properties are expected as currently approved bonds are being paid off.


Friday, 8 November is Canal Convergence

Convergence Explores ‘The Story of Water’

Canal Convergence returns Nov. 8–17 with 10 days of wonder at the Scottsdale Waterfront during this free annual confluence of water + art + light; all with a focus on sharing the story of how water, through diverse perspectives, has greatly impacted Arizona’s history. On Nov. 8 and 9, Canal Convergence will host the world’s first beer festival featuring only craft beers brewed with recycled water. Earlier this year, Scottsdale Water became the first water agency in Arizona permitted to treat recycled water for potable (drinking) use. The One Water Brewing Showcase at Canal Convergence will spotlight 10 beers crafted by 10 Valley breweries, each made from recycled water delivered directly from Scottsdale’s Advanced Water Treatment Plant. The showcase is part of Canal Convergence’s sustainability efforts to promote resource conservation and pursue the goal of becoming a zero-waste event. llations in Old Town Scottsdale. View the map for locations and learn more about the art here.

Saturday, Nov 9th Celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the opening of Appaloosa Library with special programs and western-themed activities for the whole family.

10:30 - 11 a.m., Cowgirl Jan
1:30 - 2:30 p.m., Architect Doug Sydnor's Talk and Tour
3 - 4 p.m., From Curry's Corner to Rawhide to Silver Stone

Monday, November 11th Veterans' Day Hike

“Veterans Day hike” in the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy on Veteran’s Day a week from Monday, beginning at 7:45 AM  It is also a wonderful way to celebrate OUR PRESERVE.

Thursday, November 14th from 6 to 8 pm

For the past year, the City of Scottsdale has been developing a Master Plan for a portion of the Indian Bend Wash from Thomas Road to McKellips Road which includes a wide variety of amenities such as playgrounds, trails, bicycle routes, fishing lakes, sports fields, and a golf course, skate park and aquatic center.The proposed master plan was developed through a series of community workshops and stakeholder meetings. The Master Plan will serve as a guideline for future park improvements and once complete, will be broken down into individual projects and most likely funded and built over several years. In the Eldorado Community Center, 2311 N. Miller Rd., Scottsdale. Stop by between 6-8 p.m. to view the Master Plan Concept and let the city know what you think before it moves through the public hearing process. The next step in the master planning process is a Development Review Board Hearing which will be at 1 p.m. on Thurs., December 5 at City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale. For more information, visit the project website at, search “Indian Bend Master Plan”.
Saturday, Nov 16th 1 to 4 pm Celebrate Indian School Park's 40th Anniversary!

Rediscover Indian School Park and Tennis Center by attending a 40th Anniversary celebration at Indian School Park. The event will feature a live band, story time at the playground, information booths and food vendors. 4289 N. Hayden Road/Indian School Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Saturday Nov 23rd ...Ahoy, Matey! Don't miss Planksgiving

Planksgiving, a fun pirate event for 5-12 year old youth will be held at Horizon Community Center, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23. Search for Horizon's lost treasure, craft, some Buccaneer garb, play games with the freebooters, and eat a hearty lunch on the crow's nest. If ye old seadogs aren't having a good time, you'll be asked to walk the plank!
11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23
Horizon Community Center, 15444 N. 100th St., Scottsdale, AZ 85260  To sign up, visit and search 'Horizon Park' or call 480-312-265
Senior Storytelling
Stories create communities, societies and nations. Share in celebrating each other's stories and gain a deeper understanding of yourself and others at Horizon Community Center, 15444 N. 100th St., 10 a.m.-noon, the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. You can take advantage of getting to know others in the community. Visit and search 'Horizon Park'. or call 480-312-2650 for more information.
Horizon Community Center
15444 N. 100th St., Scottsdale, AZ 8526

 Now through January 5th

Squidsoup returns to SMoCA with site-specific artwork
An interactive art piece by Squidsoup called Murmuration will be suspended between the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and the Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts at Scottsdale Civic Center in celebration of the 20th anniversary of SMoCA. Murmuration will use a networked data system to connect hundreds of lights and audio sources, creating a responsive data swarm. During the daytime, this installation will offer a harmonious auditory experience, but when the sun goes down, a dynamic audiovisual experience will swirl around the museum like its namesake — a term for a flock of starlings whirling in unison through the sky. Squidsoup will also be featuring Standing Wave at Canal Convergence, which will remain up through Jan. 5, 2020.
   Scottsdale Contemporary Month back for its second year
Running through Nov. 25, this unique collection of immersive art experiences, innovative programming and exciting special events turns the city into a veritable hotbed of art, design and architecture. There is still time to make sure your event or activity is on our must-see/must-do list on

Reminder: Reporting bike and scooter issues
The fastest and most effective way to report devices that are parked improperly is through the city’s Scottsdale EZ website. Type “bike” or “scooter” into the search box and follow the prompts to make a report. The application will forward your report to staff or to the private bike/scooter-sharing companies. You can also report bikes/scooters by calling 480-312-RIDE 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. 
Mountain View Park Will Be Closed in November
Mountain View Park is getting a new playground! The playground will be closed starting Tuesday, Nov. 12, and the new, renovated playground will be open mid-December. For project updates, please visit and search 'Mountain View Park' or call 480-312-7275.

Cactus Aquatic & Fitness Center
Closed Through Dec. 1

In order to complete work on the bathrooms and locker rooms, Cactus Aquatic & Fitness Center will be closed from Oct. 28-Dec. 1. During this time, the city extended hours at the McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center (5.6 miles away), opened Chaparral Pool (7.8 miles away) for lap swim in the morning, and Eldorado Aquatic Center (9.3 miles away) also has lap swim hours available. Visit the Aquatics web page for location and hours of operation.
Your understanding during this time is appreciated, and the city apologizes for any inconvenience the completion of maintenance causes.
Chaparral Aquatic Center
5401 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85250 | 480-312-2361
Eldorado Aquatic Center
2301 N. Miller Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85257 | 480-312-2484
McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center
15525 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy., Scottsdale, AZ 85260 | 480-312-6677

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Sonnie Kirtley, COGS Newsletter Editor (and Chair Emeritus)



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