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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Mayor-Elect Ortega: Scottsdale ‘Shattered’ by Short-Term Rentals

By Melissa Rosequist | Scottsdale Independent Days have gone by since more than 30 Arizona mayors signed a letter urging short-term rental platform CEOs to end lobbying efforts against legislation change — a move that gained no more than crickets in response. Paradise Valley Mayor Jerry Bien-Willner, one of 33 officials to sign on to …

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Paradise Valley Eyes Best Practice for Building Pad Heights

By Melissa Rosequist | Scottsdale Independent The Paradise Valley Planning Commission will discuss building pad heights at its next meeting — a topic garnering residential heat. When vacant non-hillside lots are developed, or existing properties are redeveloped, building pad heights and overall allowable heights are often questioned by neighboring property owners, Paradise Valley town officials …

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Short-Term Rental Opponents Fear Home Value Losses

By Melissa Rosequist | Scottsdale Independent The longer short-term rentals remain free to exist mostly unregulated by local government, home values within Scottsdale neighborhoods are feeling the impacts, residents, Realtors and elected officials agree — but it’s unclear how exactly they’re being impacted. Pinpointing exactly how much Scottsdale home values have suffered since short-term rentals …

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Resort Occupancy Eyed Closely in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley

By Melissa Rosequist | Scottsdale Independent Tourism is slowly inching back to Paradise Valley and Scottsdale, officials say, but that doesn’t end the resorts’ desperate needs for financial remedies today. COVID-19’s impact on tourism — such as when millions of people stayed home instead of going on their summer vacation — has so dramatically impacted …

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Paradise Valley Sets Framework to Prevent Dispensaries

By Melissa Rosequist | Scottsdale Independent Paradise Valley is laying the groundwork to prevent marijuana dispensaries from opening within town limits should Arizona voters approval recreational cannabis use in next month’s election. The Paradise Valley Town Council has agreed to refer a draft ordinance, which lays out the town’s intent to prohibit marijuana facilities, to …

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Palmeraie II to Connect Ritz-Carlton with Scottsdale

By Melissa Rosequist | Scottsdale Independent Five Star Development has provided a sneak peek into the Palmeraie Phase II proposal — a luxury mixed-use project sitting just east of Paradise Valley town limits — that will serve as a connection between the Ritz-Carlton resort and the city of Scottsdale. The Palmeraie Phase II includes hospitality, …

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