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10/10/2021 Newsletter

HOT ISSUE for October 2021

Prop 463 ballot topic: Asks voters YES/NO to consider whether to ratify or not ratify the Scottsdale General Plan 2035 that was rewritten multiple times and reviewed by civic groups, task forces, and the community in Open Houses over the past two years. The current city council evaluated word by word in 2021 and adopted in a 7-0 vote in June. This Scottsdale election is conducted completely via mail. Every registered voter receives a ballot with a postage-paid return envelope. *BE SURE TO SIGN ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE RETURN ENVELOPE EXACTLY AS YOUR NAME APPEARS…and date it.
 
An election informational pamphlet was mailed to each household with a registered voter in late September if you wish to read supporter statements FOR voting YES and the one statement submitted to OPPOSED.
 
Do you wonder who paid for the yellow “VOTE NO”  street signs?
The group is called Market Freedom Alliance. Their website states that they are a 501c4 and their website entries are old—2016 2017 and 2020.  Their President is listed as Chuck Schmidt of Competere Group, a consulting, public relations, media marketing firm.
Website Statements include:  
 “History has proven when governments are less restrictive, operate efficiently, and provide opportunities for business owners to re-invest their profits and grow their bottom line, everyone wins”
 “Market Freedom Alliance understands the fundamental principle that Arizona businesses must first thrive and succeed before society’s service demands on government can be adequately met”.
Because they have spent in excess of $1000 on their thousands of colored mailers, Market Freedom Alliance will need to file an independent expenditure report by the deadline of October 15th.  This will give voters an opportunity to know their money source.
 

What is the Coalition of Greater Scottsdale's ballot position?
….WITHOUT HESITATION…we urge you to vote YES

 
Gone are discounts for bad projects. 

  • General Plan 2035 deletes the Infill Incentive District that gave developers discounts to build taller buildings (pg 55)
  • and amended/lower design standards
  • to receive expedited-quickie approvals. 

 
General Plan 2035 makes sure residents voices matter

  • While the past General Plan encouraged public input on neighborhood development, General Plan 2035 REQURES it. 

 
General Plan 2035 establishes 3 new Major General Amendment Plan categories. 

  • This change requires a super majority to approve zoning applications for these land use categories. (pg 57)
  • Today, those same land use changes only require simple majority of 4 Council votes. 
  • Natural Open Space to ALL CATEGORIES: (added protection of our desert and washes)
  • Developed Open Space to ALL CATEGORIES: (This protects parks and other open space from being rezoned for development without a super majority vote.)
  • Tourism to Urban Neighborhood: (This protects tourism areas from being developed into apartments with just 4 votes.)
  • The McDowell Sonoran Preserve is removed from the land use table all together.  

The authority of the Planning and Development Director has been reduced

  • added a new Goal to “require development to pay its share”.  (pg 58)

 Many changes were made to reverse the urbanization and heights in Scottsdale’s Downtown/Old Town. 

  • This includes the explicit exclusion of “rail” and “modern streetcars” as future multimodal options (pg 264)
  • Adds a new goal CD 7.4 that protects, “the heritage and western character of the historic Old Town District”
  • This will reverse the urbanization trend and protect Scottsdale’s character (Goal COD 1, pg 168)

NOTE: City Council is currently reviewing options to reduce the 150 ft bonus heights approved in 2018. 
 

 

RECENT COUNCIL AND COMMISSION DECISIONS

Continued 7-0 to 16 November    Greenbelt 88  Osborn/Hayden  Case 15-ZN-2021  
Continued 7-0  to 16 November     92nd Street Rezoning  92nd/Shea Blvd area   Case 3-Gp-2021 and 6-ZN-2021
Council WorkStudy Session coming in November 2021  to focus on changes to the Old Town Character Area Plan. Discussion will include building heights, streets/sidewalks, building characteristics and landscape plans

 

 WHAT IS A CHARACTER AREA PLAN  and where are they?

Hundreds of residents served on committees to define the unique character of their Scottsdale geographic area and to put to paper guiding policies to preserve and enhance those neighborhood characteristics. Seven Character Areas have been adopted -- Cactus Corridor (1992), Shea Area (1993), Desert Foothills (1999), Dynamite Foothills (2000), Greater Airpark (2010), Southern Scottsdale (2010), and Old Town (2018).
 

GET INVOLVED in the Old Town Scottsdale
Character Area Plan & Zoning Ordinance Update

The city is in the process of updating the Old Town Scottsdale Character Area Plan as well as sections of the city’s Zoning Ordinance specific to the downtown area. On August 24, 2021, City Council initiated:

  • A non-major General Plan amendment to update the Old Town Scottsdale Character Area Plan (Case 5-GP-2021)
  • A text amendment to the city’s Zoning Ordinance for the Downtown (D), Downtown Overlay (DO), and Planned Block Development (PBD) zoning districts – and other affected sections of the ordinance – as well as the Downtown Infill Incentive District (Cases 1-TA-2021 and 1-II-2010#3)


.Old Town Updates website. As the Old Town Plan and Zoning Ordinance updates progress through the public participation and hearing processes, additional participation events will be offered, and draft content will be made available for public review. Please continue to stay engaged in the process using the You are invited to register and participate in an upcoming public open house session

 

 What are they doing to the Civic Center ?

The $27.3 million project approved by Scottsdale voters in the 2019 Bond Election begins  Monday, Oct. 18. The Scottsdale City Hall, Civic Center Library, the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, and surrounding businesses will remain open and accessible during construction. The interior demolition area will be fully fenced and closed for about 4 months. Details are at this link project fact sheet or visiting the Civic Center improvements webpage.

 Where is the Public Art going while the Civic Center is under construction?

Additional details on the area’s relocated and temporarily-stored public art can be found by visiting Scottsdale Public Art.


Do not miss out on these helpful Scottsdale Programs

 

Got an artistic teen ager 12 to 18 yrs old? Teen Design a Library Card Contest Do they like to draw, create images, or just doodle? That artwork could become a Scottsdale Public Library card! All teens between the ages of 12-18 are encouraged to enter; one winning design will be chosen to be a limited edition of a library card design. Encourage your art teacher to involve classmates. For more information, visit ScottsdaleLibrary.org/services/get-a-card
 
Incredible Family Support Programs   (Paiute Neighborhood Center, 6535 E. Osborn Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 Call  480-312-2529 to register

 

(1) The Scottsdale Family Resource Center provides a variety of free services to support families, parents, caregivers, expectant parents and their young children (ages 0-5) not yet in kindergarten.

(2)Family Play Time  10 – 11:30 a.m., Thursdays & Fridays This is a free weekly program for parents and caregivers that provides an opportunity to explore and play with your child (ages infant – Pre-K) in a safe, indoor, open play area. They provide developmentally appropriate furniture, materials and hands-on activities. Families can drop in anytime during the program hours. Registration is not required. 

(3) Coffee & Community Conversations
8 – 9 a.m., First Friday of every month October thru to May in the Allie Ortega Memorial Courtyard

(4) Free ESL classes via Zoom through Oct. 12. Classes will be held weekly on Wednesdays from 5 – 7 p.m. Experienced ESL teacher will help improve your vocabulary, comprehension and word recognition. Registration is required.


Got bored Fall Break children at home?
Kids in grades 1st– 6th can participate in fun and exciting recreational activities including crafts, sports, games and more. A morning and afternoon snack will be provided. Daily lunch and a drink are required for all participants. 
When: Oct. 11 – 15
Where: Horizon Community Center, 15444 N. 100th Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Mountain View Community Center, 8625 E. Mountain View Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Cost: $125 for the week
Register today at Recreation.ScottsdaleAZ.gov and search 'Fall Break Camps'
 
 

Grants available to spruce up neighborhoods. The Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Program is live and ready to provide assistance in maintaining and revitalizing Scottsdale’s mature neighborhoods. Eligible projects include landscape maintenance, landscape enhancement, perimeter wall maintenance, limited alley improvements and neighborhood signage. Scottsdale’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission will review and approve NEGP application funding. Learn more and submit an application.

 

Scottsdale Senior Services at both Granite Reef and Via Linda Senior Centers are back open to the public with limited programming. Here is some important information to note:

  • Both centers are open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.
  • Masks are encouraged, and social distancing measures will be in place.
  • Reservations for the fitness center, billiards room, open cards and discussion groups will no longer be required.

For more information, please visit ScottsdaleAZ.gov and search 'Senior Centers' or call one of the centers directly, Granite Reef 480-312-1700, or Via Linda 480-312-5810.
 
In-person lunches are back at both Granite Reef and Via Linda Senior Centers. Monthly lunch menus are available, and reservations are required. Call the senior centers directly to reserve your spot. Lunch times vary by location, below are the days and times lunch will be served:
Granite Reef Senior Center: 480-312-1700
Monday – Friday; doors open at 11 a.m.
Via Linda Senior Center: 480-312-5810
Tuesday and Thursday; doors open at 11 a.m.
 

 

The Brown Bag Program offers Scottsdale seniors, who meet the requirements, a bi-monthly food distribution option on the first and third Thursday of every month. These food bags consist of various items such as fresh vegetables, breads, canned goods and more. Eligible seniors can pick up an application at either senior center.
For more information on eligibility requirements, call
Granite Reef Senior Center at 480-312-1700 or
Via Linda Senior Center at 480-312-5810


Scottsdale Senior Services at both Granite Reef and Via Linda Senior Centers are back open to the public with limited programming. Here is some important information to note:

  • Both centers are open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.
  • Masks are encouraged, and social distancing measures will be in place.
  • Reservations for the fitness center, billiards room, open cards and discussion groups will no longer be required.

For more information, please visit ScottsdaleAZ.gov and search 'Senior Centers' or call one of the centers directly, Granite Reef 480-312-1700, or Via Linda 480-312-5810.
 
In-person lunches are back at both Granite Reef and Via Linda Senior Centers. Monthly lunch menus are available, and reservations are required. Call the senior centers directly to reserve your spot. Lunch times vary by location, below are the days and times lunch will be served:
Granite Reef Senior Center: 480-312-1700
Monday – Friday; doors open at 11 a.m.
Via Linda Senior Center: 480-312-5810
Tuesday and Thursday; doors open at 11 a.m.
 

 

The Brown Bag Program offers Scottsdale seniors, who meet the requirements, a bi-monthly food distribution option on the first and third Thursday of every month. These food bags consist of various items such as fresh vegetables, breads, canned goods and more. Eligible seniors can pick up an application at either senior center.
For more information on eligibility requirements, call
Granite Reef Senior Center at 480-312-1700 or
Via Linda Senior Center at 480-312-5810


Eldorado Community Center open gym is back. The community center has a full basketball court that is available for drop-in use and volleyball play. A membership is required for drop-in use and costs $5 annually. Visit Eldorado Park's Community Center and speak with a staff member to sign up. (Must be 8 years or older)

CITY EVENTS FOR YOUR CALENDAR

ScottsdaleFallMoments.com Events information Fall 2021 is the website of our tourism marketing firm to track events your house guests might enjoy.

 

Saturday, Oct. 16th  6 pm  Western Spirit: Museum of the West fundraiser event.

Western attire will be worn. Ticket sales have ended but you can always donate to our renown, Smithsonian Associate museum. Sunday and Monday are this special Members’ Only event:

Light and Legacy:
The Art and Techniques of Edward S. Curtis

October 17 & 18
6:00-8:00 PM

Tuesday, Oct 19th Public entry to the Edward S Curtis exhibit at the Museum of the West. His North American Indian project became the largest anthropological enterprise ever undertaken in the USA. From 1890s  he produced thousands of photographs, books and documentaries.
 

Saturday, Oct 23   Citywide Roadway  (and alley )  cleanups. You can also find more information or paperwork at Adopt-a-Road. Free supplies (trash bags, cotton gloves and safety vests) will be available between Oct. now and the 14 for pickup at Indian School Park/Hayden clubhouse.
 

Select Fri & Saturday nights now to Oct 30th Flamenco Intimo Scottsdale Performing Arts Julia Chacón Flamenco Theatre brings the power of internationally experienced flamenco dancers and musicians to Scottsdale

 

CITY SPONSORED SAFE---HALLOWEEN FUN

Oct 11th to 31st Halloween Spook-Track-ula at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

 

Paradise & Pacific Railroad is transformed into a haunted park of fun for this family-friendly event. Here are all the details you need to know:

  • Event runs Oct. Now to the 31st
  • Two one and a half hour reservable time blocks at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. nightly
  • Limited capacity of 750 people per time block
  • Tickets are $15 per person (free admission for children two years and younger)
  • Ticket includes unlimited rides on train and carousel for your time block
  • Tickets can be purchased online here.
  • You must establish an ActiveNet account to purchase tickets. Don't have one?
    Create it here.

Visit the Railroad Park's page for more information. 
When: 6 – 7:30 p.m. & 8 – 9:30 p.m. nightly Oct. now to – 31st
Where: McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road
Cost: $15 per ticket per person (free admission for children two years and younger)
 


Wednesday and Friday, October 27th and 29th  Family Pumpkin Night

For a spooky good time and decorate your own unique pumpkins! Use the decorative supplies, eat pizza and drinks, while you pick out a pumpkin from our patch. The price is $10 per child and $5 per adult. Additional pumpkins are available for $5. The event will be held at two centers on two nights, and registration is required.   
Horizon Community Center – Wednesday, Oct. 27 from 6 – 8 p.m. Register
Mountain View Community Center – Friday, Oct. 29 from 6 – 8 p.m. Register
When: 6 – 8 p.m., Oct. 27 & 29
Where: Horizon Community Center, 15444 N. 100th Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Mountain View Community Center, 8625 E. Mountain View Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

 

Sunday, October 24th Dunkin for Pumpkins
 
McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center dive for a floating pumpkin patch. The pool will be heated and there will be stations to decorate your pumpkin, as well as fun water safety activities. The cost is $15 per pumpkin and pre-registration is required. There are two reservable time slots from 1 – 3 p.m. and 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Registration is now open, visit Recreation.ScottsdaleAZ.gov and search 'Dunkin'
When: 1 -3 p.m. & 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 24
Where: McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center, 15525 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy. Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Cost: $15 per pumpkin 

Saturday, Oct 30th Is the Mustang Library Haunted?  Be inside the library at 1:30 pm to hear Sonoran Paranormal Investigations, Inc discuss the scientific methods used to investigate paranormal activity and whether they consider the Arabian and Mustang libraries to be haunted. Mustang Library 10101 N. 90th Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
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Monday, Nov. 1st Changes in your garbage collection days begin. Visit www.scottsdaleaz.gov, search “Collection Day” then find your service area on the map. Use the “Find My Service Day” or call 480 312 5353 for help.
 
Tuesday, Nov. 2nd Final day to personally deliver your (sign the envelope!) ballot to a collection center. Don’t mail it---too late to count
 
Friday 5 November to Sunday 14 November 2021 Canal Convergence Artist Talks  “Art and Technology”.  Details at info@scottsdalearts.org
 
Saturday, November 27th Scottsdazzle The city of Scottsdale’s signature holiday celebration kicks off with the Sing-Along & Tree, Lighting Ceremony, during which an all new “dazzling” 40-foot holiday tree will be unveiled at Soleri Plaza. With more than 45 activities and events planned at various locations around Old Town through Dec. 31, this is Scottsdazzle’s biggest line up ever.Details on all the events are live on Scottsdazzle.com T
 
Saturday, February 5th, 2022  The 67th Annual Scottsdale Parada del Sol Parade and Trail’s End Festival returns The parade route begins near the AZ Canal/Camelback Road as in past years and continues south on Scottsdale Rd finishing in Historic Old Town with the Trail’s End Festival
 
 WANT INFORMATION ON A DEVELOPMENT IN YOUR AREA?
List of active and archived projects or locate recently submitted cases
 
 Before & After Spring 2021 This new publication highlights recently completed projects in Scottsdale.
Scottsdale Before and After (PDF) illustrates before and after photographs to display private investment recently completed in Scottsdale. This publication is part of a series updated periodically in order to visually track reinvestment occurring in Scottsdale.
 
 
RECENT CITY AWARDS
Money.com (formerly Money Magazine) Scottsdale in 2021 list of Best Places to Live
Scottsdale No. 9, and we are the only city in Arizona to make the listScottsdale ranked in the top 10 on their list for job gains over the last five years with 14 percent growth. It shows no sign of slowing down, with another 14 percent job growth expected through 2025.”
 
Old Town Scottsdale wins TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award  for being
in the top 10 percent of attractions worldwide. Old Town Scottsdale was selected based on positive reviews and ratings over the last year. Tripadvisor is available in 49 markets and 28 languages.
 
And finally…LOOKING FOR A CITY CONTACT? 
Scottsdale EZ is here to assist you Whether it's a broken streetlight, a fresh pothole, a missing trash can, or an out-of-place scooter, our EZ online service makes it easier for residents to report problems with city facilities or services. Scottsdale EZ lets you quickly report issues on your desktop or mobile device and provides the city with a consolidated tracking and reporting system

 

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