Flood Map Changes to Save Scottsdale Property Owners Money

Mortgage holders of more than 500 northwest Scottsdale properties are now able to cancel their flood insurance due to flood map changes that went into effect July 20. The Flood Control District of Maricopa County (FCDMC), in partnership with the city of Scottsdale and the city of Phoenix, asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), …

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DC Ranch Homeowners Face $16.3K Fee Each to Remove Trees

By Melissa Rosequist | Scottsdale Independent A small forest’s worth of trees are at risk for removal because of aggressive root damage occurring in the Arcadia at Silverleaf neighborhood of DC Ranch, which residents have banded together to fight. Arcadia at Silverleaf has 123 homeowners, who would bear the brunt of the total estimated $2 …

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Scottsdale, Paradise Valley to Ink Palmeraie Review Agreement

By Melissa Rosequist | Scottsdale Independent Scottsdale is vying to be the official authority when it comes to plan review, permitting and inspection services for The Palmeraie — a mixed-use development that straddles the city and Town of Paradise Valley. The two neighboring municipalities will enter into an intergovernmental agreement of cross-jurisdiction road and utility …

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Scottsdale Begins Tracking Down 1,000 Short-Term Rental Owners

By Melissa Rosequist | Scottsdale Independent Scottsdale’s new Short-Term Rental Working Group is halfway through its six planned meetings, with information and work already flowing from the municipal committee. During the past three weeks, two city employees have identified 1,000 short-term rental locations in violation of contact or transaction privilege tax licensing requirements. The working …

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255 Apartment Units Planned for Corner of Scottsdale and Bell

By Mark Carlisle | Scottsdale Independent A high-rise apartment building is planned for the southwest corner of Scottsdale and Bell roads, across the street from The Promenade shopping center. The project could face pushback, as two members of the local planning committee have already said they think the 157-foot, 14-story building is too tall. The …

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Scottsdale Passes The Kimsey Development in Old Town

By Melissa Rosequist | Scottsdale Independent Will The Kimsey give downtown Scottsdale proprietors a much-needed shot in the arm? Most of Scottsdale City Council thinks so. The Kimsey — with plans that include a 168-room hotel, 190-dwelling units, a restaurant and commercial space at 7110 E. Indian School Road — was opposed only by Councilwoman …

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Scottsdale Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Heads for Council Vote

By Melissa Rosequist | Scottsdale Independent It has been a long and winding road, but Scottsdale appears to have finally reached consensus that an anti-discrimination ordnance belongs embedded within city codes. According to city officials, as city ordinances are written now, residents can be denied service or housing in Scottsdale based on such factors as …

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Short-Term Rental Platforms Support New Arizona Bill

By Melissa Rosequist | Scottsdale Independent A new bill addressing short-term rental properties has garnered support from the two dominant rental platforms — but not the full support of Paradise Valley’s mayor — as it takes initial steps through the Arizona Legislature. “We and other municipalities registered in opposition to this bill primarily because there …

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67th Annual Scottsdale Parada del Sol Canceled

Scottsdale Independent The organizers of the Scottsdale Parada del Sol have announced the 2021 parade and Trail’s End Festival have been canceled. “After careful consideration the 2021 Scottsdale Parada del Sol Parade and Trail’s End Festival has been postponed,” said Parada del Sol Parade Chairman Jose Leon. The Parada board has been monitoring the COVID-19 …

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Arizona Real Estate Innovations That Will Stick After COVID-19

By Terrence Thornton | Scottsdale Independent “Virtual tours and online notaries will remain popular after the pandemic. Especially as remote workers from other states look for more affordable homes in Arizona.” – Rebecca Grossman Rebecca Grossman, CEO at Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS®, agrees technological advancements of the past few years make it possible for …

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