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08/13/20 Newsletter

WHO will be the 2021 Mayor? Seated in City Council?


Results from the Primary Election and moving on to November ballot:

These are the 2 candidates challenging for the one Mayoral seat:
David Ortega        15,076 votes
Lisa Borowsky      14,850 votes

These 6 candidates will challenge for 3 open City Council seats:

  • Betty Janik        30,753 votes;  COGS endorsed
  • Tammy Caputi   29,687 votes;
  • John Little           25,742 votes;
  • Tom Durham      25,140 votes; COGS endorsed
  • Guy Phillips       16,559 votes  
  • Becca Linning   15,770 votes                                                                                 

--we need you to be COUNTED!!

Go to to complete the very few census questions. NO personal information is given to outside agencies. It takes less than 5 minutes on line to verify that YOU exist and that you live in an AZ address.


The results of the census determine the number of seats for each state in the U.S. House of Representatives (with Arizona growth we should get more) and are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.  

With more Scottsdale population, it increases federal funding for:
Improving vital services for schools
● Upgrading emergency services
● Assisting hospital needs
● Hiring adequate police and fire services



Approved: 5-UP-2020 Building Blocks Preschool SE corner E. Shea Blvd and 120th Street. Request by owner for a Conditional Use Permit for an educational service, elementary and secondary school, to allow for a private preschool located in the Congregational Church of the Valley.
Approved:  2-AB-2020 NW Corner of N. Scottsdale Rd & Dixileta Drive Request by owner to abandon certain 33-foot General Land Office Patent (GLO) easement segments and the east 13-feet of the 33-foot (GLO) easement running along N. 71st Street, all within a +/-17.52-acre site.
Approved: 15-ZN-2019 NW Corner of N. Scottsdale Rd & Dixileta Drive Request by owner for a Zoning District Map Amendment on a +/- 17.52-acre site, located at the northwest corner of N. Scottsdale Road and E. Dixileta Drive. COGS made recommendations that were accepted by the developer and Planning Commissioners that resulted in (1) the HOA will be responsible for the public trail maintenance (2) the site plan will be changed with the eastern border lot walls separations to increase from 10 ft to approx. 15 ft. This will support animal migration and view corridors.

Approved: 3-UP-2020 Ville de Marie private school  8512 E Thomas Road . Request by owner for a Conditional Use Permit for an educational service, elementary and secondary school, to allow for a new private school in an existing +/-33,167-square-foot building with Single-family Residential (R1-7) zoning.


COMING CITY COUNCIL agenda items Monday,  Aug 24th:

Consent Agenda There is no discussion and one vote for all Consent Agenda items occurs unless a council member pulls it to the Regular Agenda for a full hearing.
# 1 Scottsdale Ranch Community Asscn. Conditional Use Permit (44-UP-2000#4) 10585 N. 100th Street Renewal for an existing Type 4, Alternative Concealment Wireless Communication Facility, concealed within two flagpoles.


#3 Sereno Canyon Final Plat and replats. E. Alameda Road and the E. Pinnacle Peak Road alignment along N. 124th Street includes establishing 6 and 18 resort units in Lot 3 and  27 resort units on Lot 1. Case numbers 16-PP-2017 #11, 12, 15 and 16.
#4 NE corner 118th & E. Ranch Gate Rd Final Plat (7-PP-2019) Request: Approve the final plat for a 42-lot residential subdivision with amended development standards on a 65.6±-acre site with Single-Family Residential, Environmentally Sensitive Lands (R1- 43 ESL) zoning and Open Space, Environmentally Sensitive Lands (O-S ESL) zoning.
#9  Indian School Park Baseball Facility  SE corner of Hayden & Camelback Rd.  License Agreement with LG Sports, Ltd. dba Twins Baseball Club Company, for the use of the Indian School Park Baseball Facility (former Giants practice field).
#14. FAA Flight Path Petition for Review Legal Services Contract Request: Adopt Resolution No. 11887 authorizing Contract No. 2020-144-COS with Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl, Inc., in an amount not to exceed $175,000 for the handling of the City’s Petition for Review regarding FAA Flight Path disputes filed in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Staff Contact(s): Sherry Scott, City Attorney, 480-312-2405,


Regular Agenda    (council discussion, public input by e mail –no audience)

# 17. Canalside Rezoning (1-ZN-2020) 6804, 6806, 6808, 6810, 6820, and 6824 E. Indian School Road: Request to rezone and amended standards for a new mixed-used development consisting of 54 units of multi-family residential and 900± square feet of non-residential space. Presenter(s): Greg Bloemberg, Sr. Planner Staff contact


Tuesday, August 25th after the 5 pm agenda is completed, the City Council will have a public Work Study Session. There is no public input but you can watch on Channel 11/City Cable or your computer.
 The Work study sessions provide a less formal setting for the Mayor and Council to discuss specific topics, at length, with each other and City staff. Work study sessions provide an opportunity for staff to receive direction from the Council.

1. Monthly Financial Update   Receive, discuss, and provide possible direction on the City Treasurer’s monthly financial presentation as of July 2020. Presenter(s): Jeff Nichols, City Treasurer Staff Contact(s): Judy Doyle, Budget Director, 480-312-2603,
2. Monthly Financial Study Session      Presentation, discussion and possible Council direction regarding the monitoring of FY 2020/21 revenues and expenditures. Presenter(s): Jeff Nichols, City Treasurer; Jim Thompson, City Manager Staff Contact(s): Judy Doyle, Budget Director, 480-312-2603,

Cancelled hearings: July 2nd and August 6th. Next scheduled is August 20th with no agenda posted yet. They review the site and landscape plans of a project and its architectural design.



The Bell Road Sports Complex. Participate and comment in a virtual public meeting on the Bell Road Sports Complex located on Bell Road just west of 94th Street. The facility will include six full-sized multi-use sports fields, parking, lights, restrooms, a plaza, a walking path and a maintenance facility. Participate by visiting the website ( and clicking on the “Virtual Public Meeting” by Aug. 31. Your comments will be considered as the project team develops proposed facility plans.  


Pima-Dynamite Trailhead Project $5.6 million.  Before summer break, the Scottsdale City Council approved a construction bid award for $5.6 million to Path Construction Inc., for the construction of Pima Dynamite Trailhead improvements in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The trailhead is within the bounds at 28777 N. Pima Road, with property entrances on both north Pima Road and east Dynamite Boulevard. Bathrooms, equestrian staging areas with water troughs and meeting space for volunteer and city staff will be added to Pima Dynamite Trailhead.
Planning for this project began in spring 2017, according to the city’s website, with an original projected completion in 2019. A new timeline now shows construction should finish in summer 2021.

Phase one of the project includes:

  • Parking for 200 or more passenger vehicles
  • Parking for at least 12 horse trailers
  • Restrooms
  • Hitching rails and water trough
  • Covered ramada and small educational amphitheater
  • Interpretive, directional, and regulatory signage
  • Limited site lighting
  • Small office/storage space with storage yard
  • Drinking fountains for hikers and dog
  • Entry roads with automatic access control gates



The Triangle 7110 & 7120 E Indian School Rd and 7117 E 3rd Avenue (former city hall, Howard Johnson and The Venue) Request to amend zoning district map with new168 room hotel on 3rd Ave., 230 dwelling units, restaurant and support commercial uses on Indian School Rd. The project will be sensitive to preserve the former city hall building on Indian School Rd. Case 10-ZN-2020

HAPPY VALLEY 18  SW corner of Happy Valley Road and Alma School Rd map

Case 1-PP-2020 Request approval for a preliminary plat for a new 21-lot subdivision.

DC RANCH LOT 1 9217 E. Verde Grove View map   Case 23-DR-2020
Near Pima Road and Bell Road. Request approval of a site and landscape plan and building elevations for two new office/warehouse buildings with approx.. 39,802 sq. ft. of bldg. area.

Check this out  if you want to track development:

Scottsdale Before and After Development In Pictures shows before and after photographs to display private investment recently completed in Scottsdale. This document is part of a series updated periodically in order to visually track reinvestment occurring in Scottsdale.


NOT CANCELLED: The Gold Palette ArtWalk is scheduled for Thursday evening, 3 September 6:30 pm o 9 pm in our Scottsdale Arts District west of Scottsdale Road on Main Street and north of Indian School Road on Marshal Way.     More Info Here     . Mark your calendar now.

October’s Scottsdale Contemporary Month is cancelled

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many events around Scottsdale to be cancelled or postponed, including the 3rd annual Scottsdale Contemporary Month scheduled mid-October through mid-November. The city will reassess in the spring and bring the event back next fall if suitable. Scottsdale Contemporary Month would have highlighted contemporary art in all forms: film, design, architecture, and the culinary arts, by showcasing immersive art experiences, innovative programming, and exciting special events.

Scottsdale Public Art announces Canal Convergence is moving forward this fall  The free, large-scale public art event will take place each evening from Friday, Nov. 6, through Sunday, Nov. 15. However, given the impact and conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be presented differently than in years past with a focus on the health and safety of the public. Canal Convergence will still feature large-scale art installations, but instead of featuring them all along the canal at the Scottsdale Waterfront, they will be installed at multiple locations throughout Scottsdale to increase social distancing-friendly viewing options. Another change this year is a significantly reduced event footprint at the Waterfront, including the elimination of many activities from previous years. Instead, Scottsdale Public Art and Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation will host a variety of online events using streaming platforms and an augmented reality app to showcase live music, workshops, artist talks and more. More information on all the new Canal Convergence experience will be coming soon to


Scottsdazzle return for a 5th year in late November through December
This year’s Scottsdazzle holiday festivities will likely look a little different. The Tourism & Events department is working on programming events and décor that will spread the same merriment and cheer as years past, while adhering to Federal, State and CDC safety guidelines to keep our locals and visitors safe. Look for more information to come in the next few months. Scottsdazzle is a month-long holiday celebration that occurs throughout Old Town Scottsdale from late November through December every year.


Do you live in the Royale Gardens subdivision?

The Historic Preservation Commission is researching If your subdivision qualifies to be designated as a Scottsdale Historic subdivision. It is only with approval of the current property owners that the HP lengthy designation procedures begin. Contact Commissioner Christie Kinchen if you have any historic information, questions or comments.

Senior centers are still closed
Scottsdale senior centers are closed until further notice. Food programs providing curb side pickup are available. Phones will be answered Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more information, contact the Granite Reef Senior Center at 480-312-1700 or the Via Linda Senior Center 480-312-5810.

For more information:


 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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