McDowell Corridor permit reduction a success for the city

The members of the Coalition of Greater Scottsdale and the Scottsdale Coalition were pleased and relieved the Scottsdale City Council finally took the steps they have been advocating for over the last four years, since the McDowell Corridor Task Force met in 2010.

Sonnie Kirtley, chairperson of COGS, was a member of the McDowell Corridor Task Force appointed by city council.

Kirtley of COGS and Nancy Cantor of the Scottsdale Coalition are both long-time residents concerned about land use and redevelopment, neighborhood services and neighborhood safety, and have been asking for the reinstitution of reduced fees for residents and small businesses in the area from Osborn Road South to McKellips.

Several times they approached staff about bringing back the program that was so successful – more successful than the program the city was promoting to have businesses come together and assess themselves to provide funds for improvements.

A similar program had been made available in the downtown areas of Fifth Avenue and Old Town to help small businesses and property owners upgrade store fronts and rehab their buildings. That program provided reduced permit fees, and a stepped up process for acquiring permits, approval of the Development Review Board and building inspection approval.

Several small business people in the McDowell Corridor spoke to this kind of help at a City Council Economic Vitality Committee meeting held at SkySong in 2013.
Everything old is new again, but that is OK — particularly when programs have been successful working positively for the whole community.

Editor’s note: Nancy Cantor is a resident of Scottsdale.


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