NDP Aims High with Growth Plan

Alex Bloom – The Republic | azcentral.com Notre Dame Preparatory is planning a $76 million expansion project that would increase class sizes. The success of this plan will depend largely upon the donations from the community. View the news article


Despite residents’ protests, substation to be moved

Lynh Bui, The Arizona Republic The Scottsdale City Council approved an alleyway abandonment that will make way to relocate a controversial SRP electrical substation to the northeastern corner of 68th Street and Indian School Road. The council voted 5-2 in favor of the abandonment in a seven-hour meeting that began Wednesday evening and stretched past…


Scottsdale’s longtime players losing influence

In Scottsdale, you’ve never really needed a program to tell the players, the people who have long had entrée into city offices and the ear of the People Who Run Things. These days, however, the influence of some of Scottsdale’s long-established players is fading. Here are a few who may find city hall not so…


Who, what will power Scottsdale this year

2009 is sure to be fascinating, given how the city has been shaken by political, economic forces. The champagne has run dry, the party hats are put away and the holiday bubble, so to speak, has burst. Finally, it’s 2009. I don’t know about your, but I’m glad to see the old year go. Everything…


Ex-mayor backs 1,350-home development

Beth Duckett, The Arizona Republic Former Fountain Hills Mayor Wally Nichols is heading a committee seeking to defeat a referendum on the Nov. 4 ballot. Save Our Small Town, a group of residents, supports the referendum. They oppose what they believe would be undesirable effects, especially traffic, from a 1,350-home development planned by the Ellman…


Goldfield Ranch project gets OK

Beth Duckett, The Arizona Republic Plans to build 1,000 homes east of Fountain Hills got the initial thumbs up Wednesday from the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. Overlooking complaints from the nearby Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, the supervisors voted 5-0 to approve a master-plan amendment for the Preserve at Goldfield Ranch, a subdivision headed by…


Lloyd Wright Group Seeks Zoning shift

Kate Nolan, The Arizona Republic A planned historic overlay for part of Taliesin West reached final stages with its recent approval by the Scottsdale Historic Preservation Commission. Now Taliesin’s owner, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, is turning to another zoning project. The foundation is seeking special campus zoning for the 500-acre campus Wright started in…


Planning Panel Approves New Mayo Clinic Zoning

Weldon B. Johnson, The Arizona Republic A rezoning plan for the Mayo Clinic breezed through the Scottsdale Planning Commission without opposition. The change approved late Wednesday will be subtle and gradual for neighbors of the clinic near 130th Street and Shea Boulevard. The land will go from being designated commercial office to holding special campus…