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12/19/19 Newsletter

December Hot Issue 

Southbridge II  Case 22-ZN-2019

WHY is there a Referendum gathering signatures on this approved project?


Southbridge 2 is a Master Plan Project that includes retail shops, residential buildings on the AZ Canal, a public market pavilion, 2 hotels, an office building and restaurants in the area south of the AZ Canal and west of Scottsdale Road.  It was approved by city council Dec 4. ( It is not in Historic Old Town Scottsdale but near the Waterfront.)
At libraries, dog parks and near stores, our readers may have been asked to sign a Referendum to place this same project for public vote in the November 2020 election.  A YES vote will confirm the council’s approval and a NO vote will overturn the rezoning for this specific project. Efforts began to collect 12,000 Scottsdale registered voter signatures by the January 3 deadline.


 A “NO” vote majority in the Nov. 2020 General Election will not stop construction on this private property. The owner is entitled to build another plan using the existing zoning and heights of 66 ft at the “Rose Garden” on 5th Ave, 48 ft in the Type 1 zone of 5th Avenue shops and 84 feet along Scottsdale Road/Stetson shops area. To not build this approved plan will delete the public plaza and raised outdoor hotel deck for city and private events and a year around Farmer’s Market. It will also eliminate new public parking on western 5th Avenue in the approved 78 covered parking spaces and 12 street spaces and the 397 evening and weekend parking in the office building garage planned near Scottsdale Road.

Some volunteers collecting Referendum signatures have generated complaints by stating inaccurate information about the Southbridge II project.  According to the area map published in a recent newspaper, only 3 property owners/tenants in the entire area do not support the improvements/redevelopment. Your project questions can be answered at  BTW-Springcreek is the same local family who built Royal Palm, Hermosa Inn and the existing shops and restaurant locations on Southbridge I on the northern side of Stetson Avenue and along the AZ Canal.



On Monday, Dec 16 from 5 pm Arizona Legislature hosted the second of three meetings on short-term rentals. The public spoke to the  Joint Ad Hoc Committee to address impacts of these rentals.  Attempts to repeal the SB 1350 are underway although Governor Ducey states he will veto any repeal bill.


Planning Commission decisions—(1) Commercially zoned properties may have artificial turf/grass visible from the street if approved by the Development Review Board. (2) The Assisted Living Mountain Ranch rezoning was denied and will be sent to city council without recommended approval.
City Council  (1) Approved the General Plan 2035 draft 7-0 vote (2) Received the report on the Indian Bend Wash Master Plan that is in conceptual phase only. (3) Approved the Museum Square complex and hotel with parking stipulations (4) approved Crossroads East amendment to eliminate two hotels in other phases (5) Southbridge II was approved with sale of city land and a Development Agreement (6) Sands North with specific excluded addresses was designated an Historic District
Historic Preservation Commission is reviewing the draft of the Villa Monterey units 1 to 7 Guidelines. Chapters 1 to 3 were completed and next hearing will be in the Kiva (city hall) on Jan 2nd at 6 pm for chapters 4-5-6.



Now Go to   for all the dates and events….music…dazzling light shows…family fun…food…music and the holiday tree at Scottsdale Road just south of Camelback Road along the AZ Canal front.

December at 6:30 PM Holiday Lights  McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park on Indian Bend Rd east off Scottsdale Road.  Train Ride $5 (Special Holiday Lights tickets are required) Charros Carousel Ride $3 ..Holiday Lights Train Ride Fast Pass $15 Photos with Santa $5 Contact: Darryl Grimes, More...
                         7:30 pm
A Celebration of Music Scottsdale Performing Arts/Civic Center  Buy Tickets


Thursday, Dec 19th 5 pm  Assisted Living: The Musical  Sc Performing Arts   (tickets)
                  Also  Friday, Dec 20th  2 pm   and 5 pm  
Saturday, Dec 21st 
Voctave-The Spirit of the Season  Choral group 7 pm Scottsdale Performing Arts Center
 Thursday-Saturday, December 26-28 at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. Sunday, December 29 at  1 & 3 p.m.; Tuesday, December 31 |at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Museum of the West located on Marshall Way south of Main Street.
America in Color
: The Wild West at the dawn of the 20th century… America west of the Mississippi was wild and untamed, featuring formidable landscapes and treacherous rivers. But in the following decades, industry and opportunity transformed the region into an economic and political powerhouse that drove change across the country and the world. Presented for the first time in color, revisit lands made famous by Buffalo Bill, championed by Teddy Roosevelt, and developed by opportunists seeking adventure and fortune. A Smithsonian Channel Film.     Free with museum admission.  Free to members
Saturday, January 4 at  2 p.m.
Maynard Dixon Art & Spirit This feature length documentary profiles the breathtaking art and complex life of artist Maynard Dixon (1875-1946). Narrated by Oscar-winning actress Diane Keaton, it provides a revealing look at Dixon’s life through his paintings and drawings, family photographs by celebrated wife and photographer Dorothea Lange, and interviews with his two sons, his granddaughter, and Dixon scholars and friends.
Sunday, Jan 12th 
Sunday A’Fair  concert  noon to 4 pm in Civic Center  FREE
Friday, Jan 10, 2020    Disney's Newsies  1 pm by Detour Company

Watch for more details on these Scottsdale 2020 City Council Candidates

Tammy Caputi  currently serving on the city's Development Review Board and owner of an Electrical  contracting firm

Tom Durham   Retired partner from Mayer Brown LLP, a law firm. Served as treasurer for the Protect Our Preserve initiative

Betty Janik Worked as a biochemist in pioneer drugs, Co-Chaired the Protect Our Preserve  organization, currently President of COGS
Becca Lining  Scottsdale Realtor and former President of Scottsdale Area Assn of Realtors
Guy Phillips  Self employed air conditioning firm, currently on Scottsdale city council

John Little - Former Scottsdale City Manager

For Scottsdale Mayoral opening

Virginia Korte                  currently on city council
Suzanne Klapp               currently on city  council



COGS-The Coalition of Greater Scottsdale Updates for members

Board of Director 2020 officers                                                                  contact

Vice President               Chris Schaffner                              Las Sendas
Treasurer                       James Davis                                  Estancia
interim Secretary            "Copper" Phillips                            Rural North
Executive Director/City Liaison   Sonnie Kirtley                   Caballo Ranchos
    Read their bios on our website under Who We Are and info on other Board Members



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