SUPER FLOWER BLUE MOON ECLIPSE can be experienced in the WEE HOURS Wednesday morning, May 26th, 4:11 am to 4:26 am….
Moon rise for Wednesday night will still be an orange show at 6:56 pm.
HOT ISSUE TACKLED BY CITY COUNCIL LAST MEETING
For many years new projects have been approved throughout the city with insufficient parking on their own property for their tenants, guests and certainly not their employees. No hotel, office building or condo/apartment complex is allowed to charge to use onsite parking spaces per city ordinance. This has not been enforced. Some apartments on Scottsdale Road are reportedly charging $100 per month for one parking space. Hotels range from $35 to $50 per night guest parking.
So..how does this affect our Downtown businesses? Employees park in customer street parking on 5th Avenue, 6th Avenue and Stetson Drive plus Main Street in-front of our galleries. Apartment/condo tenants line the residential neighborhood streets near their buildings outside their gated, capacity-filled parking lots. Family home neighborhoods north of Camelback Road and east of Granite Reef Road had Permit Parking signs installed.
Good news! The new city council has update the Parking Code to require NEW developments to build enough spaces for their employees, guests and tenants on their own property. Seems like a no-brainer? And--relief is on the way for current tenants and employees that the FREE parking will be enforced. Thank you, majority council members.
IMPORTANT CITY COUNCIL RECENT DECISIONS
Approved 7-0 Anti-Discrimination Ordinance
Approved 6-1 (Milhaven voted No) Add $10 million unfunded contingency in a Special Revenue Fund to be used for affordable housing.
Approved 5-2 (Caputi and Milhaven voted No) Request for a study session to review and discuss the Old Town Character Area Plan—to initiate an amendment to revise and update the plan for height, density. buffering, traffic, and infrastructure.
Approved 5-2 (Caputi and Milhaven voted No) Updated Parking code for Travel Accommodations (hotels) to include 2,000 sq ft exception for commercial use within the same building as the hotel.
Approved 5-2 (Caputi and Milhaven voted No) Reduce multifamily residential guest parking requirement to one per six units outside Downtown Area.
Approved 5-2 (Caputi and Milhaven voted No) Separated Downtown area for “Dwellings, multiple-family” to two categories—20 units or less and 20 units or more. 20 units or less retain the 1 to 1 parking ratio that exists today. More than 20 units change guest parking to 1 space per every 6 units.
Approved 6-1 (Milhaven voted No) Added tandem parking in the Downtown for residential units under the same ownership. Strike pg. 28 “Residential additional parking waiver” paragraphs (d) and (d) (1).
Approved 6-1 (Milhaven voted No) final draft of the updated Parking Ordinance 4500 and Resolution 12141 as amended.
Consensus during Work Study May 11th Establish a threshold to count Conflict of Interest recusals for all board and commission members. Develop a mechanism for tracking, monitoring, and reporting absences and recusals to the Council. Additionally, they discussed Noise Enforcement and focused on loud bass noise and nuisance parties with “clearly audible” noise.
Coming Council hearing June 1st Closed-to-the-public Executive Session on city’s Emergency Medical Transport Services Contract, contract number 2017-163-COS as amended and other Emergency Medical Transport Service options
Work Study Session 5 pm June 1st (livestream) Presentation, discussion, and possible direction to staff regarding the identification of Mayor and City Council priorities for the Organizational Strategic Plan.
SCOTTSDALE EVENTS JUNE AND JULY TO ENJOY
Thursdays 7 pm to 9 pm ArtWalk in Arts District—Main Street and Marshall Way north of Indian School Road. Stroll our famous galleries and fine jewelry stores.
May 21st to May 30th AZ Restaurant Week Prices vary from $33 to $44 per person. Contact 602 307 9134
Saturday, May 29th Last Farmers’ Market 8 am to noon. Food and specialty items supplied by locals. 3806 North Brown—south of Main St. in Historic Old Town.
Sundays 7:30 pm Summer Concert Series in Stillman-McCormick Railroad Park 7:30 to 9pm $30 per space 7301 E Indian Bend Road Reserve online via Active Net
June Days Summer Spectacular is a month long series of events to celebrate the beginning of summer. In addition to city-produced signature events, Old Town Scottsdale businesses, retailers, restaurants, and galleries are getting into the spirit with special activities and deals of their own. From crafting workshops to sunrise yoga and bike-ride scavenger hunts to movie nights, June Days events will allow participants to exercise their mind, body and soul.
June Days also will mark the summer solstice with a dedication of the new Solstice Park, which includes the Soleri Bridge & Plaza. The June 20 event features snow cones, live music and more. Learn more.
Museum of the West Celebrate western and Native American cultures, arts and artifacts that will connect you to the west—its past, present and future. Currently featured is Maynard Dixon’s American West. Tues-Saturdays 9:30 am to 5pm and Sundays 11am to 5 pm
Tickets available at Visitor Services desk if occupancy quota is not met for that time period. https://scottsdalemuseumwest.org/
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Architecture and Design 7374 E 2nd Street in Civic Center. Open Wed-Sun 11am to 5 pm $10 nonmember $7 student
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 7380 E 2nd Street in Civic Center. Check events here https://scottsdaleperformingarts.org/
Adaptive Services hosts monthly summer events. Adaptive Services provides comprehensive programs for those with disabilities that promote inclusive community participation. Locations will be confirmed when you register. Check out these summer activities:
- Friday, June 18, Ice Cream Social at the Adaptive Services Center. Register so they can plan for enough ice cream!
- July, Self Care Soiree . Learn about dental hygiene, skin care, nail care, shaving, body odor and more. Don't wait to register as spots are limited.
- Attend August’s Movie and S'mores night, which will be showing The Sandlot inside the cool air-conditioned center. Make sure to register as spots are limited.
Residents are invited to participate in library’s Summer Reading Program.. This year’s theme is “Tails and Tales.” It runs from June 1 to Aug. 1 and is available for all ages. Sign up, log minutes reading and earn prizes.
DEVELOPMENT-LAND CASES OF INTEREST
1. Greenbelt 88
Multi-Use Rezone Project. 3308-3370 and 3388 N. Hayden Road. Case 15-ZN-2020. The location is the SW corner of Osborn and Hayden Rd (Office Max, Mail Stop, Big 5, Uncle Sal’s) . Not included are the separately owned Starbucks, Carl’s Jr. and the bank
Action: DRB approved by 4-0 (recused Commissioner Barnes, absent Commissioner Fakih) and sent recommendation to the Planning Commission and City Council which included 48 ft height, 288 apartment units and approximately 21,000 square feet of commercial floor area
Coming: June Planning Commission hearing to be announced.
A very active Neighborhood team has been holding ZOOM meetings. You can reach them at SafeguardScottsdale@gmail.com Contact the developer’s team with your questions at Hello@Greenbelt88.com The website with updates is www.Greenbelt88.com Case 15-ZN-2020
2. Southdale 7000 East McDowell Rd Case 17-DR-2021 Site and landscape plan for a new 4 story building, 267 units, commercial and parking garage
3. Scottsdale & Mountain View 9880 N. Scottsdale Road Case 16-DR-2021 Request to convert existing hotel to multi-family residential units.
4. Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus
12701 N. Scottsdale Road Case 3-TA-2020 . Request to allow community and recreational buildings not publicly owned. Hearing is May 26th 5 pm on city’s livestream.
OTHER MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION FOR YOU
The Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Program is ready to provide assistance in maintaining and revitalizing Scottsdale's mature neighborhoods. Eligible projects include landscape maintenance, perimeter wall maintenance, limited alley improvements, and neighborhood signage. Scottsdale Neighborhood Advisory Commission will review and may approve NEGP application funding. Learn more and submit an application.
Knowing this week's traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale will make your road plans easier. Get the list.
Reminder: Anyone 12 and older is eligible for vaccinations at WestWorld in the Pima/Bell Rd area east of the 101 loop. Minors must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or authorized adult. This adult is required to sign a consent and attestation form at the time of the appointment. Walk-ins are accepted, but registering in advance will get you through even quicker. The WestWorld vaccination site is open:
- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays
- 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays The facility is closed Sundays and Mondays.
STAY HEALTHY AND SAFE FROM YOUR COGS BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Marilynn Atkinson (Sherwood Heights), Jim Davis (Estancia), Susan Kauffman (Troon Villages), Sonnie Kirtley (Caballo Ranchos), Stan Morganstern (Rural 85266 zip), Howard Myers (Carriage Trails), Copper Phillips (Rural 85266 zip), Chris Schaffner (Los Sombros)
Read bios on our website under Who We Are and info on other Board Members