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Doug Reed's Update on the Scottsdale City Council June 16, 2016

DESERT DISCOVERY CENTER
A couple of months ago, City Council authorized the expenditure of a little less than $2 million to develop a plan for The Desert Discovery Center. The vote was 6-1 in favor, with Kathy Littlefield dissenting. At a recent meeting, the Council selected an architect and authorized the expenditure of $521,000 (from the above $2 million). The vote was 5-2 with Littlefield and Phillips dissenting. The bottom line here is that the Council initially authorized the development of a plan, and now has funded the preliminary design plan.  
Going forward, the Council voted previously that, if the DDC is proposed to be on public land and/or is to be funded by preserve taxes, that decision will be submitted to a public vote. Per Mayor Lane (who voted for the public vote along with Phillips, Littlefield and Smith), “…the direction is for staff to bring it back to Council on September 19
th with an appropriate legal approach…” 
So, at this time, it appears that preliminary plans will be drawn, a study will be conducted, and next summer, Council will take up the issue of whether to drop the DDC or submit it to the voters.
Mayor Lane will speak on the DDC this coming Monday, June 20th at 6:30 PM at Notre Dame Prep High School, 97
th Street and Bell.

UPCOMING ELECTION-We have a change 

in the Mayoral race. Last month, I reported that there were three candidates for Scottsdale Mayor: Jim Lane (incumbent Mayor), Bob Littlefield (challenger) and Bill Crawford (challenger). Bill Crawford has dropped out. Since this leaves only two candidates, the primary election which was scheduled for August 30th has been cancelled. Lane and Littlefield will be on the November ballot. For City Council, we still have four candidates for three positions: Suzanne Klapp, Virginia Korte, and Guy Phillips are the incumbents. Dan Schweiker is the challenger. There will not be a City Council primary, just the general in November. 
There will also be a proposed Charter amendment on the ballot: Clarifying that the city’s elections are concurrent with the state’s, and clarifying the starting dates for Mayor and City Council.

  BOND ELECTION FOR SCOTTSDALE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT-
Also on the November ballot will be a $229 million bond initiative and an $8.5 million capital override.

CITY MANAGER-The search for a new City Manager has been reduced to three candidates: Jeff Nichols, who is the current City Treasurer, Jim Colson, current City Manager of Topeka, Kansas, and Orlando Sanchez, Deputy City Manager of Las Vegas. The decision is expected soon.

SATANIC PRAYER-Scottsdale has informed the Satanic Temple that “only representatives from institutions that have a substantial connection to the Scottsdale community” will be allowed to give the invocation. The Satanists had planned, during the invocation, to urge Scottsdale residents to embrace a “Luciferian impulse” and close the prayer with “hail Satan.”

FIRE STATION RELOCATION-One of the items approved in our recent bond election was the relocation of the fire station on McDonald Drive east of Scottsdale Road. The new location has been selected-Indian Bend west of 84th Street on a 1 ½ acre site which will cost $1,250,000.
The old station was built in 1971, and needed extensive upgrades. In addition, with the elimination of Paradise Valley as its service area, the station was not in an ideal location for the area it serves.

CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS-There are several projects along Scottsdale Road coming before the City Council.
Scottsdale Marketplace, South of 101 on the East side of Scottsdale Road. This will be a 5 story (75  feet tall) complex with 300 apartments or condos and some commercial space located on 10 acres.
District at the Quarter, 73
rd Street and Greenway-Hayden. This will be a 4 story complex with 644 apartments or condos and a little commercial located on 9 acres.
One Scottsdale-This is a large multi-use complex located on 76 acres north and east of Loop 101 and Scottsdale Road. Current zoning on the property is for a maximum of 1,100 dwelling units. The builder asked for an increase to 2,466 units. Council appears to favor granting an increase to 2,000 units. Council also appears ready to grant an increase for commercial use space from 1.8 million square feet to a little over 2.8 million square feet. The current maximum height allowed is 60 feet. Council appears ready to approve a 90 foot maximum with the stipulation that no 90 foot building could be adjacent to Scottsdale Road. The property is already zoned for a 400 room hotel.
Council was told that the land across Scottsdale Road to the west, (located in Phoenix and owned by the Arizona State Land Trust) has a height limit of 190 feet. 

Councilwoman Klapp announced that the developer had agreed to reduce the number of residential units requested to the abovementioned 2000 units, and that the developer had agreed to move the 90 foot structures to the center of the project so that they will not front on Scottsdale Road. Millhaven, Smith and Korte agreed that the project was good, the developer was good, the location was appropriate, that any traffic increase would be manageable.
Mayor Lane, and Councilmembers Littlefield and Phillips disagreed. Their consensus seemed to be that the type of development was OK for the location, but that this was too dense and too high. The final vote was 4-3 for approval (with the changes to be finalized and voted on at the next meeting.)
Virginia Korte made a comment which I thought was interesting. She noted that Scottsdale has 3 centers of commerce: McDowell Road corridor, Downtown, and Scottsdale Airpark (including the One Scottsdale project).

DESERT DISCOVERY CENTER
A couple of months ago, City Council authorized the expenditure of a little less than $2 million to develop a plan for The Desert Discovery Center. The vote was 6-1 in favor, with Kathy Littlefield dissenting. At a recent meeting, the Council selected an architect and authorized the expenditure of $521,000 (from the above $2 million). The vote was 5-2 with Littlefield and Phillips dissenting. The bottom line here is that the Council initially authorized the development of a plan, and now has funded the preliminary design plan.  
Going forward, the Council voted previously that, if the DDC is proposed to be on public land and/or is to be funded by preserve taxes, that decision will be submitted to a public vote. Per Mayor Lane (who voted for the public vote along with Phillips, Littlefield and Smith), “…the direction is for staff to bring it back to Council on September 19
th with an appropriate legal approach…” 
So, at this time, it appears that preliminary plans will be drawn, a study will be conducted, and next summer, Council will take up the issue of whether to drop the DDC or submit it to the voters.
Mayor Lane will speak on the DDC this coming Monday, June 20th at 6:30 PM at Notre Dame Prep High School, 97
th Street and Bell.

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