10/09/2019 Letter to
Scottsdale City Manager re: General Plan
Date: October 9,
TO: Jim Thompson,
City Manager Scottsdale
Thanks so much
for meeting with the COGS Board of Directors on September 30th.
We applaud your positive attitude on updating the General Plan for
compliance with the new state mandates on Energy and Neighborhood
Preservation. Additionally, we all want a successful
conclusion with voter approval of the new full General Plan .
There are 3
elements that COGS believes are essential for ratification of the
General Plan by the voters:
1) The facilitator of the Citizen
Committee must be neutral with no ties to developers or
2) The Citizen Committee must be
exactly that, a committee that represents the best interest of
3) There needs to be recognition of
"Desert Rural" and "Rural Neighborhoods" as it pertains to the
Land Use Matrix.
General Plan is porous. There is no recognition of the importance
of Neighborhood Preservation. The continued upzoning of North
Scottsdale is hurting our community. Fully 90% of all developer
requests for higher density zoning are approved. People come here
to experience the desert and live in its wonders. The upzoning is
diminishing the desert which is irreplaceable.
controversial upheaval in downtown Scottsdale is partially a
result of similar upzoning. The use of "bonuses" by
developers continues the erosion. Scottsdale citizens see
this as a giveaway to developers that is neither wanted nor
COGS wants to see citizens have a
significant impact on the new General Plan. Voters have negative
feelings about City Council and what it has done to Scottsdale by
fulfilling some unknown vision and plan for the city. COGS
believes a plan that is driven by those of us who live here, pay
taxes and preserve our resources, needs to be presented.
COGS Board of
Betty Janik, President