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02/11/20 Newsletter


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TODAY AND UNTIL THE PRESERVE TRAILS DRY OUT…. Please be aware the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve received roughly one inch of rain overnight. City staff are posting “If it rains, please refrain” signs at all of the major Preserve trailheads. Staff asks all Preserve users to be respectful of the trails beneath them. Wet and muddy trails are... See more
Today, Feb 11th  4 PM in the Kiva (city hall)  City Council Work Study—discussion only and no public comments    Agenda: Prioritizing the Bond approved projects and discussion on a merchant-driven petition for a Downtown Parking Ordinance Update to require more developer-paid parking spaces for their projects.

Wednesday, Feb 12th from 5:30 to 8 pm  Public Open House for input on proposed sign ordinance changes that include Freeway 101 -- Freeway Pylon Signs, Freeway Gateway Signs, and Freeway Building Signs  to advertise large complexes such as Nationwide near the northern loop. Detailed information on the (up to 60  ft tall freestanding structures) and other changes are available from the Neighborhood Advisory Board meeting handout  The first of two public meetings will be held this date in the Grayhawk Community Association Offices, 7940 E Thompson Peak Parkway #102 Talon Room. 

Feb 13 through 23 Arabian Horse Show at WestWorld. Scottsdale’s Signature Annual Event dazzles audiences with international competition for riding expertise, Arabian costumed riders, young stallions and seasoned Arabian horses on display, super-fancy “stalls/barns” individually decorated and so much more. Info and Tickets at  Note: WestWorld is in final competition for the largest Arabian Worldwide competition event---stay tuned! 

Thursday, Feb 13th Thursday Art Walk  “Gemstone Genius” from the bench of Peter Schmid for Atelier Zobel, will be the guest at French Designer Jeweler 7148 E Main from 6 to 9 pm. Daytime presentations are Valentine’s Day the 14th and Saturday the 15th from 10 am to 5 pm.
Friday, Feb. 14  at 10 am Seniors’ Valentine's Day Luncheon $5 if resident and $7 nonresident #22628
Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85257 For more information and to register,go online at and search course #22628.
Also Feb 14th  Classical Love Songs concert at The Marshall Gallery from 7pm to 9 pm $25 RSVP 480 970 3111. Pedal harp, violin and pianist and vocals for an evening to inspire love and peace. 7106 E. Main Street/Arts District.

Saturday, Feb 15th  from 6:30 to 9:30 pm meet gold and silver leaf paintings master Patrick Guyton in DeRubeis Fine Art of Metal at 7171 E Main Street in Arts District
  Also Saturday, Feb 15th to Feb 22nd are Free Swim Lesson Assessments
Is your child ready for swim lessons, but you aren't sure which class they belong in?  Attend a free Swim Lesson Assessment to determine your child's current skill level! Our pools offer assessments every 30 minutes. Participants will receive a skills checklist and recommended level to assist with lesson registration.
For more information, visit and search 'Swim Lessons.'
Cactus Aquatic & Fitness Center
1-5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15
7202 E. Cactus Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85260 | 480-312-7665
Eldorado Aquatic & Fitness Center
8 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Feb. 22
2301 N. Miller Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85257 | 480-312-2484
McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic & Fitness Center
8 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Feb. 22
15525 N. Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ 85260 | 480-312-6677
Feb 16-23  Arizona Musicfest in northern Scottsdale held in four local churches.

Become a Lifeguard and Swim Instructor

 Tuesday, Feb 18th begins training for 15 yrs to adult to become a lifeguard/swim instructor. The class in February is offered for half the regular price! Get a jump on a job for this summer, by registering for the StarGuard/Starfish class that begins Tuesday/Thursday evenings and Saturdays, for just three weeks! Once you are certified, you're eligible to apply for a lifeguard/swim instructor position with the city of Scottsdale and other agencies who utilize lifeguards. For more information, visit and search 'Become a Lifeguard.'
Thursday, Feb 20th from 5:30 to 8 pm The second Freeway Signage ordinance change public open house will be held at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road, Room 1—the auditorium room.    Proceed down the hallway to Room 8 at 6:30 pm and attend the Community Council of Scottsdale (citizen group) and meet guest speaker, City Manager, Jim Thompson. This group has excellent city-issue discussions. It is your chance for more comments and input.
Monday, Feb 24th  online Registration for the Scottsdale Parks and Recreation Spring classes begins. Visit to view all upcoming classes. You can also view a copy of the entire Scottsdale Life Magazine for more details!
Wednesday, Feb 26th  8 am to 9:30 am  attend the Behind the Scenes of Experience Scottsdale (our city’s tourism marketing team) presentation in SkySong McDowell Rd and Scottsdale Road. Register at Due to space limitations, RSVPs are required.This is a rare opportunity for you to see the advertising they run in target markets across the country to drive visitors to Scottsdale. This is vital to our economy, as these visitors generate nearly a quarter of the city’s privilege tax collections. During this session, you’ll also learn how Experience Scottsdale is funded, about all the ways they promote this destination, and how they are generating nearly $250 million in economic impact for the community each year.
Noon on Wednesday 26th…..Winfield Scott (our city founder) Birthday party. Join locals and tourists in front of the Scottsdale Historical Museum/Little Red Schoolhouse in Civic Center near the Main/Brown western entry. Enjoy a free lunch of traditional fried chicken, potato salad and cake!

Feb. 29th-March 20th Sun Circuit Quarter Horse Show at WestWorld. Another incredible audience experience including barrel racing, youth to adult riders, and exciting major competition. Details at


50th year Scottsdale Arts Festival March 13-15, 2020
MULTIPLE dates in March-- Free Landscape Workshop Series begins. Info at, search “workshops” or call 480 312 5650
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts full year’s schedule at
Museum of the West events schedule


  • A proposed outside wall mural 40 X 8ft at 7034 E Osborn has generated a request from Councilwoman Milhaven to request city staff develop mural guidelines/ordinance.

  • The short term rentals rezoning request on McKnight Ave just east of Civic Center that was denied by Planning Commissioners was approved by city council 6-1 with Councilwoman Korte the lone NO vote.

  • Whataburger Restaurant 7134 E Thomas filed to construct a new building and drive through

  • Scottsdale Entrada at 6520 E McDowell Rd (case 47-DR-2019) will be on a Development Review Board agenda this month

  • Southbridge II PAC challenge received sufficient valid signatures according to the county office and will be on the Nov. 2020 ballot to support or reject the city council’s approval of the project. The SpringCreek Development has filed a challenge in court related to the signature validations and practices of one of the Notary Publics who certified the signature of the petition gatherers. No decision has been announced by the developer on the status of the planned project that includes 5th Avenue, 6th Avenue and Stetson Drive to Scottsdale Road. The Stetson Drive portion is across the street from the existing Southbridge I that backs to the Arizona Canal.

  • Landscape Ordinance update  removed the existing ban on commercial property use of artificial turf and was approved. New requests are now allowed but need approval of the Development Review Board. (Many commercial sites use it now in narrow areas.)

What has the COGS—Coalition of Greater Scottsdale- been doing recently?

  • Attended city council, Planning Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, Development Review Board hearings and spoke to the issues of short-term rentals, downtown parking ordinance needed update, supported artificial turf in commercial areas, supported the neighborhood opposition to the proposed subdivision called The Enclave/Camelot, and the challenged the up-zoning in the NE desert for Fiesta Ranch.

  • Immediately reviewed all land cases, new projects and development applications by the COGS team. Alerts were sent to existing subdivision and businesses that might be impacted. Requests for changes in already approved stipulations or amended development standards are included in any tracking alerts.

  • Conferenced with applicants and their zoning attorneys on three proposed downtown projects

  • Conferenced with city staff on options available to address solutions/assistance for affordable housing in Scottsdale to provide residency for our public employees, hospital and service people as well as young families struggling with the high housing rental and ownership costs. COGS is supporting options and legal methods to require a percentage of new residential complexes to be designated for Affordable Housing units (defined by the federal government related to income).

  • Attended city-hosted and developer hosted Open Houses to share community input on proposed development or citywide ordinance amendments proposed by the city staff.

  • Served on the successful Bond Committee and are continuing to monitor the decisions related to the projects, upcoming prioritized timetables and continued community concerns

  • Provided researched assistance to the Historic Villa Monterey complexes’ representatives related to the proposed HP Guidelines currently under review by the HP Commissioners.

  • Volunteered for subcommittees of the SCOTT group as they work toward consensus-approved issues based on research and shared fact-finding through community input surveys etc.

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WestWorld of Scottsdale named "Facility of the Year." The League of Agricultural & Equine Centers presented WestWorld of Scottsdale with the 2020 Facility of the Year Award at its annual symposium. WestWorld encompasses more than 300,000 square feet of exhibition space that offers unlimited possibilities for event producers and planners. The facility hosts horse shows, auto auctions, various expos, concerts and more. They are currently in final competition with finalist world cities for an international equestrian competition…stay tuned!

McDowell Road Revitalization Continues!  Goettl Air Conditioning, an 80-year-old Phoenix-based company, has purchased approximately six acres of land at 8701 E. McDowell Rd. The property, which is situated at the southwest corner of McDowell Road and the 101 freeway, will be the site of a 60,000-square-foot commercial building scheduled to be completed in late 2020. The company plans to build a new facility on the site that will serve as its headquarters and house the new "Goettl University". The new hightech trade school will be the first of its kind in the industry.
Purchasing - Goods and Services (Non-Construction) - Bids, Request for Proposals, Request for Qualifications, Request for Quotation
20RP023 - Request for Proposal - LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM / The City of Scottsdale seeks to contract with a qualified vendor to provide a cloud based, enterprise Learning Management System (LMS) that will accommodate 3,000 users. The LMS will support the City’s vision to deliver vigorous training and support programs for staff and enable the organization to take a strategic approach to building the skills needed for successful operations. Due Date: /20/2020 2:00 PM, local time
Contact: John Snow, 480-312-5716
20RP024 - Request for Proposal - OLD TOWN SCOTTSDALE ENTERTAINMENT / The City of Scottsdale invites sealed submittals for a Contractor(s), Entertainment Broker(s), Producer(s), and/or Artists who can respond to requests for musical entertainment, street performance and art demonstrations for various locations within Old Town Scottsdale.  Due Date: 2/20/2020 2:00 PM, local time  Contact: Cheryl Champine, 480-312-5719
New city information kiosk at One Civic Center, 7447 E. Indian School Rd—inside the lobby. Come see for yourself as the City of Scottsdale unveiled the state-of-the-art machine has it all at the tips of your fingers. Want to start a business? There’s a button for that. Searching for a space to lease? Looking for a job? Wait times to get your permits? Want to check out the newest restaurants in Old Town? There are buttons for all of that. (info from our Economic Development Dept)
Before and After  The City of Scottsdale’s planning department has published some before and after pictures. These are examples of recently completed projects that represent revitalization and economic growth in Scottsdale. This report is one of series that is produced periodically to highlight projects throughout the community where significant reinvestment is occurring.
    Check Out These Pics    


 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 bios on our website under
Who We Are and info on other Board Members



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