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This post is meant to be informative to the Oasis residents as some certain city issues have been in the works and we feel it is important for everyone to be aware of the issues at hand in order to voice their opinion. We understand that not everyone can make certain meetings so we do our best to pass along as much information as possible so the residents can decide what they feel is best for themselves and the community at large.
The Oasis Community has been identified by the City of Tempe as being in the Corona/South Tempe Character Area. Since March, City officials have gathered input at community meetings and on-line to see how neighborhoods envision their community, what they view as neighborhood assets, and what resources might be missing. The goal is to develop a document for each specific Character Area to help the City plan future developments and give developers a better understanding of the types of projects residents want or don’t want in their neighborhood.
Last night a draft of the Corona/South Tempe Character Area was presented. One specific item stood out – that the residents of this Character Area WANT low density residential. However, when the City Staff created the draft document it stated, “Strong local preference for no apartments, except South Tempe Technology Center.” This exception means the Discovery Business Campus and the ASU Research Park. (Note: low density is 3-9 dwelling units per acre. High density at the South Tempe Technology Center would be 25-65 dwelling units per acre.)
Several of us voiced our objections to this. No resident of our Character Area has said that apartments are okay at the Discovery Business Campus. These are the words and desires of City of Tempe staffers. Nancy Ryan, Project Coordinator for the City, asked for a vote of those in attendance on this topic. The vote was approximately 95% (95 people) against apartments in the DBC with 5% (5 people) voting for it.
Nancy was still reluctant to take the wording out of OUR Character Area document. She would like to also hear from us in writing. Since the Character Area document is an important planning tool for the city going forward, it is important for us to express our viewpoints now. If you would like to see the Character Area document reflect the true values of its residents, including the support of low density residential and no apartments at the DBC, please sign this petition by CLICKING HERE. We will submit the petition directly to Nancy Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for being involved in your community! If you are interested in this please sign up ASAP as the petition needs to be submitted before October 30th. Thank you.
Within Discovery Park once Shutterfly is built they have requested a special use permit. The requested points are as follows…
…There is not an expected high volume of trucks moving in and out of Shutterfly, but it does allow the use of trucks during the busier holiday season. The trucks and sunken bays for the trucks are also on the east side of the building where sounds are blocked by the building itself and the entrance/exit path is over to Price Road and not down Country Club/Shutterfly way as to potentially disturb our neighborhood. There is an open forum hearing scheduled on November 5th.
Just to update everyone, we have around 12 people signed up thus far toward our goal of 20. If there is anyone else considering updating their side gates to their backyard this is a great time to get a high quality gate for a bulk discount by joining residents together. I will be posting a picture of the gate soon as we have had some requests and I am having them make a sample gate so we can see a live version as well. Please sign up if you have not done so already. This does not obligate you to anything but simply allows us to take advantage of a bulk pricing deal and save each homeowner over $100 while creating consistency and symmetry in the neighborhood. Thanks for your support and CLICK HERE to sign up.
Thank you all for taking an active interest in your community and we hope you have found this information helpful. We will continue to pass along any information possible to keep our residents informed.