Scottsdale Council Asks Legislature for Short-Term Rental Changes

By Melissa Rosequist | Scottsdale Independent Scottsdale City Council has reportedly sent a unified letter to the Arizona House of Representatives leader seeking changes to short-term rentals, as the municipality strengthens its regulations on the 4,000 vacation homes in city bounds. The move comes as new reporting done by Scottsdale illustrates short-term rentals are bringing …

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Paradise Valley to Propose Strict Short-Term Rental Regulations

By Melissa Rosequist | Daily Independent If a vacation rental home you tried to book asked for background checks for you and all your guests, would you move forward with booking the property for the weekend? This new rule, which officials say is to ensure sex offenders don’t rent short-term rental properties, and other potential …

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400-Unit Multifamily Development Proposed in North Scottsdale

By Melissa Rosequist | Scottsdale Independent An application for a new 400-unit multifamily development at the Cavasson campus north of Loop 101 has been filed in pursuit of approval by the city of Scottsdale. City documents show the development, called Grayhawk Residences at Cavasson, seeks a multifamily development on 18 acres at 7701 E. Legacy …

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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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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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