Let there be (too much) light!
Thanks to your attendance on Tuesday, July 25th, the commission working on revisions to the lighting ordinances for the City of Surprise has delayed their submission which was going to go to Planning and Zoning on August 17th. They will do more research into revisions including checking about keeping the max pole height at 16' instead of the 25' requested by applicants, and revising the wording and ability for the city (and APS) to properly address shielding lights.
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: A Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) to the Surprise Land Development Ordinances (LDO) to amend the standards related to outdoor lighting, Case # FS22-1581. (LINKED HERE)
NEXT CITY COUNCIL MEETING
Tuesday, August 1st, 2023, 6 pm
Details and Agendas CLICK HERE
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January 23, 2023
The challenges facing two groups* of citizens on both sides of Maricopa County the past several months marks the genesis of Arizona's Voice.
We hope you'll join with us in this effort. http://ArizonasVoice.com has taken root and with your support we can grow across all of Maricopa County and across the state to provide the opportunity for everyone around the state to join in and participate in a common goal for giving the voice of the people the power it rightfully has in governing our state and local politics.
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* The two groups that started this movement are the Voice of Surprise and the Voice of Chandler.
Jan. 26th UPDATE: Welcome visitors who attended Dominium's community meeting at Hamilton High School last night--we also welcome listeners of James T Harris who attended last night too and mentioned Arizona's Voice at about 6:50 and 8:30 am this morning on his 6-10 am weekday broadcast on KFYI AM 550 News Talk Radio.
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Starting Thursday, February 9 we'll plan to meet bi-monthly (2nd & 4th Thursdays) at 9 pm (so we can give our kids the evenings they deserve) while we begin to unite citizens from across the great State of Arizona to take on the challenges ahead presented by special interests and their flunkies--our local leaders who have forgotten Arizona's Voice. Meeting links will be posted here below at arizonasvoice.com
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The struggle is real!
Click here for "The Facts" on the challenges the citizens of Surprise (current & future) face.
Surprise Citizens are uniting as a community to drive Dominium to provide a better alternate proposal for their future residents with lower density and more amenities--instead they wish to exploit an accidental loophole in the 2008 PAD and maximize their profit under Section 42 and LIHTC with a whopping 21 units per acre--that's way above anything this City has ever seen--just to maximize profits with no consideration for the safety, comfort, and living experience of its future residents. This kind of density will be dangerous to public safety and emergency response and there are no plans to add more schools which are already overcrowded in our area.
On August 16th (thanks to those who showed up) our City of Surprise Leaders said yes to Dominium. This was met with a resounding support of 5000+ residents for a referendum to STOP IT but the city has refused to proceed claiming an error in the application--which is not grounds under Arizona statutes for stopping a referendum, and the Maricopa Court of Appeals is currently reviewing the case.
On Jun 16th the P&Z Commission Meeting (thanks to those who attended) said they couldn't vote against this because the law didn't let them.
You can still contact your Surprise City Council Member, and let them know that the people of Surprise will no longer tolerate our leadership not listening to us. Get your neighbors and friends involved to send a clear message back to City Hall that their power and authority lies with us, the people.
What has Dominium been saying about YOU and our Surprise City Leaders? The Phoenix Business Journal tells us...
Despite Dominium grossly abusing an unintended loophole allowing them under the 2008 PAD Zoning to put have 15-21 units per acre, they are pushing the max at 21.
"Despite our best efforts to work with the community, we
feel the city has created roadblocks to us utilizing the
existing PAD zoning and that we are not being treated
equitably compared to other projects with similar PAD
zoning approvals from the same era," [Owen] Metz [of Dominium] said. "Instead, the city's actions appear to be more of a direct response to
strong NIMBYism — not the fair and equitable application of
"Dominium hitting glitches with Surprise" by Angela Gonzalez - Phoenix Business Journal https://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/news/2021/11/03/affordable-apartment-glitches-west-valley-city.html