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City of Phoenix Meetings and Events, Jan 24-30th

[Source: City of Phoenix Public information Office, 602-262-7176

Monday, Jan. 24

Bus Service Changes go into effect

Check or call Valley Metro Customer Service at 602-253-5000


Tuesday, Jan. 25

10. a.m.       City Council Public Safety and Veterans Subcommittee

Phoenix City Hall, 12th floor, City Council Subcommittee Room, 200 W. Washington St.,

Stephanie Ribodal Romero, 602-261-8512

2 p.m.      Phoenix City Council Work Study Session

Phoenix City Hall, 12th Floor, City Council Subcommittee Room, 200 W. Washington St.,

Stephanie Ribodal Romero, 602-261-8512


5:30 – 7 p.m.       College Depot Workshop

“Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Lab and Workshop,”

Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave.,

Rita Marko, 602-534-2025


6 p.m.      Alhambra Village Planning Committee

Washington Activity Center, 2240 W. Citrus Way,

Michael Hammett, 602-495-5405


Wednesday, Jan. 26

6 – 7 p.m.      College Depot Workshop

“It’s Not Too Early to Plan for College: 7th and 8th Graders,”

Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave.,

Rita Marko, 602-534-2025


The meetings listed here are accurate as of Friday, Jan. 21.  For possible changes and additional city meetings, visit


Phoenix neighborhood coalition urges City support of existing special planning districts

[Source: Paul Barnes, Neighborhood Coalition of Greater Phoenix] — Maintaining a favorable quality of life in established neighborhoods is challenging.  Citizen developed and approved area plans are one of the tools used in the struggle to preserve established neighborhoods and define their desired character.  The City of Phoenix Special Planning District Plan (“SPD”) originally known as a Special Conservation District (“SCD”) is one form of such an area plan.  At present, there are 12 SPDs:

  • Roosevelt SPD – Central City Village
  • Story SPD – Central City Village
  • Coronado SPD – Encanto Village
  • Encanto Vista SPD – Encanto Village
  • Willo SPD – Encanto Village
  • Arcadia Camelback SPD – Camelback East Village
  • North Central Avenue SPD – Camelback East Village
  • Squaw Peak Heights SPD – Camelback East Village
  • Windsor Square SPD – Camelback East Village
  • Royal Palm SPD – Alhambra Village
  • Saguaro SPD – Paradise Valley Village
  • Mountain Park SPD – South Mountain Village

Shortly after the Squaw Peak Heights SPD had been approved (July of 2006), a dissident property owner subject to the terms of the plan, filed a suit in Superior Court challenging the way the final votes for the SPD were tabulated.  In August of 2008, the court issued a Minute Entry favoring the claimant.  If the City of Phoenix fails to appeal the Squaw Peak Heights SPD Court decision within 30 days after the formal decision is handed down (could be sometime soon after the first of the year), it will cause this particular SPD to be voided.  A replacement SPD is estopped from being a possibility because of the passage in the fall of 2006 of Proposition 207.  A failure to appeal could jeopardize the validity of all of the other SPDs because they tabulated their final votes according to the same procedures as were followed in the case of the Squaw Peak Heights SPD.

The Neighborhood Coalition of Greater Phoenix believes that the loss of the existing SPDs under such circumstances will be detrimental to all neighborhoods whether or not they fall under an SPD.  This is due to the fact that an unwillingness on the part of the City of Phoenix to at least appeal the Superior Court’s decision in this instance will be interpreted by developers as a softness on the City’s part to support other existing citizen authorized/passed area plans such as the existing Specific Planning District Plans.  Such an interpretation will embolden developers to propose projects that will not be in keeping with these plans.  The same holds true for adhering to rezoning for sites throughout the city that was passed subject to approved site plans and stipulations.

Individuals and organizations in agreement with the Coalition’s position on this matter are encouraged to send a letter or e-mail by the middle of January 2009 urging Mayor Phil Gordon and Members of Council to oppose the Superior Court decision in the matter of Madison Positive Alliance of Neighbors v. Phoenix City (case on Squaw Peak Heights SPD).  The cost of such an appeal does not come from the City’s operating funds.   It is an insurance matter.   All such letters should be addressed to the party intended at 200 W. Washington Street, 11th Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85003-1611.

For more information, contact Paul Barnes, Neighborhood Coalition of Greater Phoenix, at 602-840-1579 or e-mail.

Central/Camelback developer has month to convince neighbors

[Source: Michael Clancy, Arizona Republic] — A Phoenix developer has another month to persuade neighbors that his plans for 400-foot buildings at Central Avenue and Camelback Road are sound.  Reid Butler received a continuance for the project.  It will come up for the third time before a subcommittee of the Alhambra Village Planning Committee on June 17, and to the full planning committee a week later.

Planner Marc Thornton said neighborhood groups around the vacant site “have expressed concerns rather than support” for the project, which includes some of the tallest buildings in the city.  Butler’s proposed development would go up on the southwestern side of what village planner Thornton calls “a signature corner.”  The city’s light-rail line cuts across the site, and three buildings would be erected on the northern side of the rail line.

Plans call for 1,000 residential units, 300 hotel rooms, and retail and office space designed to tie in to the city’s transit system.  The site was approved for a height of 250 feet two years ago, and Thornton said the planning department tends to think 250 feet would be appropriate for the area.

High-rise battle at Camelback, Central

[Source: Michael Clancy, Arizona Republic] — A Phoenix developer wants to put up a trio of buildings at Central Avenue and Camelback Road that would rival the tallest buildings in the city.  But neighborhood opposition is likely to reduce the project to levels that were agreed upon two years ago.  Reid Butler, known for his downtown projects, will take the plans to the Alhambra Village Planning Committee, possibly in time for its May 27 meeting.

Butler’s proposed 400-foot-tall buildings would go up on the southwestern side of what village planner Marc Thornton calls “a signature corner.”  The vacant site has the city’s light-rail line cutting through it, and the plans for the buildings envision a pedestrian- and transit-friendly approach to their development.  City Councilman Tom Simplot said the designs are attractive and responsive to issues of mass and scale that have caused other projects to fail.  But the location will be a problem, Simplot said.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]