‘Minor’ changes to The Goldwater suffice Scottsdale mayor

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By Melissa Rosequist | Your Valley

The mayor of Scottsdale changed his mind about asking for City Council to initiate a formal review into a recent development review board decision, citing minor changes made by the applicant prior to the request.

A June 21 Scottsdale City Council agenda included a request from Mayor David Ortega for the council to consider overturning a recent approval by the DRB for a new mixed-use development project in the Old Town Scottsdale area called The Goldwater.

Ortega cited a lack of covered walkways, shading requirements and a cantilevering feature on top of a 70-foot building as reasons he sought to overturn the DRB’s 6-1 June 2 vote.

However, at the June 21 meeting where the council was expected to vote to consider a formal review of the DRB decision, Ortega said that The Goldwater’s applicant had made some adjustments to the application, and therefore overturning the vote was no longer necessary.

“Subsequently the applicant, who is here as well, came forward with some minor modifications, which were reviewed by staff and accepted and recorded,” Mayor Ortega said during the June 21 meeting. “So I will not make a motion for consideration of the DR Board decision by the City Council. Therefore, that item is closed.”

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