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Whitehead & Janik: Think big with general plan 2035, vote yes on Prop. 463

Posted 10/18/21

Scottsdale’s greatest achievements have been the results of big dreams, volunteered time, and strong collaboration between community and citizens.

This successful formula is the basis of …

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Guest Commentary

Whitehead & Janik: Think big with general plan 2035, vote yes on Prop. 463

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Scottsdale’s greatest achievements have been the results of big dreams, volunteered time, and strong collaboration between community and citizens.

This successful formula is the basis of General Plan 2035, Prop. 463.

Hundreds of residents volunteered thousands of hours to draft a plan for a prosperous future that protects and respects Scottsdale unique character and luxury brand.

In a recent email from a retired Air Force captain, he wrote: “Leaders lead from the front.” Leaders take strong stands to protect those they serve and would never place political ambitions above community.

Leadership is exactly why we are working to educate voters and get the General Plan 2035 over the finish line. There is too much at stake to sit back.

General Plan 2035 is endorsed by Scottsdale’s only resident advocacy group, the Coalition of Greater Scottsdale (COGS).

It is endorsed by Protect Our Preserve and the business owners that defeated South Bridge II in downtown. Collectively, these are Scottsdale’s strongest advocates against height, density, and in favor of protecting views and open space.

By contrast, the “NO” campaign is funded by anonymous donors and an outside group with nameless members that has not registered with the city of Scottsdale.

A sample of General Plan 2035 Proposition 463 priorities includes:

  1. Requirement for neighborhood input on development projects, previously input was only “encouraged.” This adds a layer of protection from unwelcome development.
  2.  Protection of our treasured open space by adding three new categories subject to a major amendment vote that requires a super-majority (five council votes, not four) for zoning changes. Also, new developments will now be required to provide open space.
  3. Removal of the “infill incentive district” used by developers to build taller with lower standards for design. Additionally, developers are now expected to pay their fair share of costs, not pass them on to taxpayers. This saves tax payer money.
  4.  Guidance for the next decade on sustainability, reduction of the urban heat island, and smart water usage while protecting our western heritage in the Old Town Historic District.

Vote with the facts, the General Plan is community driven priorities that will protect us today and tomorrow.

See the general plan here.

Editor’s Note: Betty Janik and Solange Whitehead are both elected members of Scottsdale City Council.

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