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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 email@example.com. 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.
Thanx Jake for getting this information out for those who are unable to attend the monthly meetings. The new communication and format is very valuable to us.
My pleasure. We are doing our best to keep the community informed and stay proactive!
What is the location for the Nov 5th open forum hearing regarding Shutterfly use permit?
The meeting is at Tempe City Hall on November 5th @ 1:30PM. Here is the link with the notice sent out by the city. https://oasisatanozira.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/20141105Agenda.pdf
The recently constructed monster (AKA Shutterly) has created a tremendous storm. Particularly with those who are on the east side of the Oasis. The building is located almost adjacent to the property line. Was anyone notified of the specifics of this project. I have contacted the City Manager and City Council members, requesting a response. As a retired thirty year city administrator in Tempe, I have never seen a massive project, so close to existing residential. Those who I have contacted were not aware of the specifics, just that Shutterfly was building.
Wentworth Properties has notified the community and the city in public forum as this process went underway. As the HOA we have just tried to pass on any information we knew so homeowners could be in contact with the right people if they had questions.
We’re with Ron on this one. Information was not forwarded to the homeowners regarding the movement of this building closer to our subdivision. We went to the meetings before this project got underway and we were told that there would be a large retention area and employee parking on the west side of the building, thus keeping the Shutterfly building much further away from our subdivision. Now the block wall has been removed. When can we expect them to put it back up? Will they be adding the landscaping, i.e., trees, that they originally told us they would? You’ll have to excuse me for now being cynical about this, but I feel like we were fed a line in order to get us to go along with this project.
It is hard for me to respond to your questions as I am unsure as to what information you have thus far. First off, I just want to communicate that the HOA is just meant to help serve as a communication barrier for the Homeowners. If/when we receive any information we simply pass it along to the owners through this forum. Any issues with the project are to be taken up at the public forums that are posted on the City website or with the property management company. If you do have certain concerns we would be happy to get you in contact with the property management company so you can speak directly to the decision makers.
In response to your question, the wall has/is coming down right now and nothing has changed from the previous posts on this site indicating that the property management company is rebuilding that wall around 2 feet higher at their own expense to help shield the Shutterfly building from the Homeowners. Personally, I am unaware about previous conversations as to how close the building is/was to the lot line, but I do know that all of the truck bays were designed to now be all on the east side of the building to better cater to the community in regards to noise while keeping the truck traffic off of Country Club Way/Shutterfly Way. The management company has already done some initial landscape from the buildings close to Elliot and has every intention to assist in further landscape needs to shield the community from their property at their expense. Keep in mind that landscape will be one of the last things to complete. I hope that answers your questions and if you would like to speak with the property management company I can get your information over to them for a follow-up.
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