Scottsdale City Council approves McDowell Corridor fee structure

Commercial real estate signs like this line McDowell Road along where local officials call the Scottsdale McDowell Corridor. (File photo)

Commercial real estate signs like this line McDowell Road along where local officials call the Scottsdale McDowell Corridor. (File photo)

A modification of building permit fees is in order for residential and commercial owners within the Scottsdale McDowell Corridor.

Scottsdale City Council voted unanimously March 17 to temporarily modify residential and commercial building permit fees within the McDowell Corridor.

City leaders refer to the McDowell Corridor as an eight-square-mile area spanning McDowell Road from Pima Road west to Phoenix and including surrounding neighborhoods north to Osborn Road and south to the city limits.

Over the past year the city of Scottsdale has held a series of public meetings to learn what resident and proprietors of the area say would help fuel revitalization efforts.

The Scottsdale Gateway Alliance, a collection of local residents and business owners, has been the champion of the revitalization effort along McDowell since October 2013.

The Scottsdale Gateway Alliance, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, seeks to advance investment and revitalization opportunities in southern Scottsdale and along the McDowell Road Corridor, its mission statement reads.

Fee modifications will automatically be applied to residential and commercial owners within McDowell Corridor limits, without any paperwork required on the part of residents, the staff report states.

Proposed modifications to residential building permit fees would not affect cost per square foot, but would eliminate base fees, certificates of occupancy, GIS fees and cost for lowest floor certificate reviews.

This would allow a homeowner to save 45 percent of building permit costs on a 1,000 square foot addition, the staff report explains.

Similar changes to commercial building permit fees, as well as a reduction in application costs, will save business owners approximately 44 percent on a 1,000 square foot addition, the staff report describes.

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