Sam’s Muni Agenda Summary! — by Rose Law Group land use attorney, Sam DeMoss

Meeting ActionRelevance
Avondale City Council 6/3Raising property taxes to levy primary property taxes in the amount of $0.6241 per hundred ($100) of assessed valuation and secondary property taxes in the amount of $0.8351 per hundred ($100) of assessed valuation Increase in property tax -> greater expense to property owners and developers
Avondale City Council 6/3WIFA grant excepted for Advanced Water Efficiency AuditsCould result in further regulation of water use and infrastructure dependent on findings
Casa Grande City Council 6/6Approval of Final plat for APS Arizona SubstationIncoming substation means potential further opportunity for renewable energy development in area
Cave Creek City Council 6/3City working on dark sky initiative draftingLighting restrictions for development in Cave Creek likely to become stricter
Cave Creek City Council 6/3Council notes that HB2721 regarding housing density and new ADU laws apply to Cities/Towns of more than 75,000 These laws will not apply to Cave Creek and other smaller towns
Cave Creek City Council 6/3Public comment on site plan now enacted into ordinancesPublic comment now allowed on site plan process in Cave Creek 
City of Eloy City Council 6/3Eloy discussion of historic preservation overlay to zoning codePotentially makes development in these areas much more difficult if enacted
Flagstaff City Council 6/4Flagstaff considers issuance of a letter of support for Northeastern Indian Water Rights Settlement. The settlement provides the Nation the flexibility to move Arizona water from the upper basin to lower basin Navajo communities, and to divert Arizona water in New Mexico and Utah, which in some cases is closer to our Arizona communities. This settlement also secures billions of dollars’ worth of funding to build critical water delivery infrastructure for the Nation.Will give water rights and requested billions of water to Navajo Nation. Subject of recent Supreme Court case Arizona v. Navajo Nation, the court held that the United States did not have an affirmative treaty or trust obligation to identify and account for Navajo Nation water rights in the Colorado River. This agreement will settle all of the Navajo Nation, Hopi Tribe, and San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe water rights claims in Arizona, as follows: Upper Basin of the Colorado River Lower Basin of the Colorado River Little Colorado River (LCR) Basin Groundwater (including the Navajo Aquifer (N-Aquifer), the Coconino Aquifer (C-Aquifer), and alluvial aquifers) Gila River Basin (Big Boquillas Ranch)  Settlement Elements  Navajo Trust Land as Reservation The Navajo Nation, the Hopi Tribe, the San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe, the United States, the State of Arizona, Arizona State Land Department, Salt River Project, Arizona Public Service, Central Arizona Water Conservation District, Bar T Bar Ranch, the Cities of Winslow, Flagstaff, Holbrook, Taylor, Snowflake, Show Low, Eagar, Springerville, St. Johns, and other principal parties to the LCR general stream adjudication.
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June 2024