Protect Scottsdale from Re-Zoning Abuse
Presented on behalf of
CITIZENS OF THE CITY OF SCOTTSDALE
CITIZENS AGAINST RE-ZONING IN THE SHEA AND CACTUS CORRIDOR AREA
RE: Protect Scottsdale from Re-Zoning to PUD (Planned Unit Development), Mixed Use and DP (Development Plan).
Dear City of Scottsdale – Mayor David Ortega, City Councilmembers – Tammy Caputi, Tom Durham, Betty Janik – Vice Mayor, Kathy Littlefield, Linda Milhaven, Solange Whitehead, and Planning Commission – Joe Young – Vice Chair, Renee Higgs, Christian Serena, Barney Gonzales, William Scarbrough, Barry Graham, George Ertel:
We, the citizens of Scottsdale, are deeply concerned about the extensive Re-Zoning and General Plan amendments that are happening in our city and communities. They have/will have a significant impact on our neighborhoods and will compromise the spirit and intent of the major mission elements that have been a part of our city for a very long time. These elements being –
a. Preserve Scottsdale’s unique southwestern character;
b. Plan for and manage growth in harmony with the natural desert surroundings;
c. Promote the livability of the community;
d. Enhance and protect neighborhoods; and,
e. Ensure and sustain the quality of life for all residents and visitors.
Values are Important.
We respectfully request the following changes be implemented immediately:
1. Any Re-zoning to PUD, Mixed Use or DP, without exception, shall be considered Major amendments to the General Plan.
Amendments are being implemented to the General Plan without ratification of vote by the citizens. Public awareness is crucial to give citizens a voice and to maintain the integrity of our city and neighborhoods.
2. Any PUD, Mixed Use and/or DP (Development Plan), without exception, shall extend the area of awareness and amend the Neighborhood Involvement Criteria to require all reference to contact of property owners – replace ‘within 750 feet of the property’ to ‘within three-quarters (3/4) of a mile from the property perimeter.’
3. Protect the Shea Area including Shea and Cactus Corridors to a maximum height, with strict adherence of 36’ for any residential - single family and multi-family. This includes any proposals approved for PUD, Mixed Used and/or DP.
Heights shall Not be combined or exceed the intended height as stated by its individual Use.
Example. Current zoning for maximum building height is and remains as follows:
R-5 Multi-Family: max height of 36’
C-1, C-2, C-3, C-4: max height of 36’
C-O Office: max height of 48’
Since the intended Use is much different for an Office than it is for residential, multi-family or commercial C1-4, the maximum height shall not exceed 36’ for any building with residential units.
As citizens, we recognize previous zoning, land and character uses were approved for a reason and previously ratified by our citizen voters. Any changes considered through Re-Zoning should be reviewed with discretion. We recognize the General Plan is to be used as a guide, and understanding that, we recognize our requests can be part of the interpretation immediately.
Citizens of the City of Scottsdale
June 15, 2021