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Candidates <br />~o gather· for <br />qrues~oning <br />By,JOH~~HROE~~~~v~~~ ~ o <br />The Arizona Republic · V ifd' <br />Pressure from developers, a utili- <br />ty-purchase question and traffic <br />congestion are likely to emerge as <br />major issues when five Par.adise <br />Valley Town Council incumbents <br />and five challengers square off Jan. · <br />20 in a candidates forum. <br />The forum, sponsored by the <br />weekly Paradise Valley Indepim- <br />dent newspaper and the Paradise <br />Valley Republican Caucus, begins <br />at 7 p.m. at the Phoenix Country <br />Day School, 3901 E. Stanford Drive. <br />The 10 candidates for seven <br />council seats in the Feb. 9 primary <br />election will respond to questions .! <br />from a panel of news-media repre-. <br />sentatives and from the audience. <br />Although the affluent rommu- <br />•· nity historically has barred most <br />forms of commerCial development, <br />developers last year launched an <br />intensive effort to getthe town to <br />permit limited commercial develop- <br />ment and higher-density residen- <br />.tialbuilding along major roads . <br />. · Ever· increasing commuter traffic <br />through the town also has been <br />troublesome for the town leaders, <br />with more than 50,000 cars a day <br />using some of the town's major <br />thoroughfares. <br />· The council last year also was. <br />urged by the Paradise Valley <br />Homeowners Association to evalu- <br />ate purchasing Arizona Public Ser- <br />vice Co.'s electricity-distribution <br />system serving the town as a way of <br />cutting electric costs. . <br />The incumbents are Mayor Rob- <br />Plenge, Vice Mayor Joan Lin·. <br />coin, Richard Andeen, Sara Moya· <br />and Kent Wick. <br />New candidates are George Hud· <br />· man, John Miller, Richard Mybcck, <br />Earl Eisenhower and Scott O'Con- <br />nor. l <br />Councilmen Russ Mosser and { <br />James Coffee have decided not to I <br />seek new terms. t <br />After the March 29 general ; <br />election, the council will pick the 1 <br />mayor and vice mayor from among <br />the members .who serve two-year , <br />terms. All seven seats are up • <br />; elect~n every two yeary,. · ,. . . .. ·~ •";.-·. . ". ·- <br />.. ~od·; <br />(f!ijl ni iiJ:J [1 t~Y,/: <br />/i:u-TTE 1-f!-rfR By Pat Kosscm <br />The Phoenix Gazette <br />ARADISE VALLEY -Few <br />Valley residents know or care <br />about this tiny enclave of <br />wealthy homeowners wedged be- <br />tween Scottsdale and Phoenix. <br />Reporters or pollsters rarely <br />: call for the mayor's opinion. <br />; Few: .. care about its Town Council <br />campaigns. <br />Most people· think Paradise Valley is <br />· the name of an area in northeast Phoenix .. <br />· TheY know nothing about the other <br />: Paradise Valley, a 16-square-mile town <br />. with about 12,000 residents sprinkled on <br />: and around Mummy Mountain. . <br />· That's just the way this community - <br />: filled with celebrities, the fabulously rich <br />. and a few, semi-wealthy old timers __:. <br />· wantsit. . . <br />It's a place where the residents, who <br />: live in mansions or sprawling estates on <br />: one or. more acres, prefer streets that look <br />· more like unlit, unmaintained country <br />·lanes. <br />· A place where speeders· are not only · <br />. tracked but photographed, where commer- <br />: cial development is called a "disease" and <br />condominiums are unwelcomed. <br />A place that's sitting on a $12·million . <br />: budget surplus. <br />· And a place that's fighting for its life. <br />This sober town of elegant country <br />living -. sitting in a Valley drunk on <br />· growth· mvf development -is clinging to· <br />a zoning code and 25-year tradition that <br />. strictly limits commercial building. . . <br />. · A few stores grandfathered in thr~.ugh <br />Carn«:Bidate~1 <br />~?-to gatlheajl V()&li. <br />que~~· ooninf~ <br />?I f II r? Ll C::'~# <br />By JOHN SCI-irf6Ef1 .15 I . D 1? <br />!he Arizona Republic /-W -(} 0 <br />Pressure from developers, a utili- <br />ty-purchase question and traffic <br />congestion are likely to emerge as · <br />major issue~> when five Paradise <br />Valley Town Council incumbents <br />and five challengers square off Jan. <br />20 in a candidates forum. <br />The forum begins at 7 p.m. at the <br />Phoenix Country Day School, 3901 <br />E. Stanford Drive. · <br />The 10 candidates for seven <br />council seats in the Feb. 9 primary <br />election wm respond to questions <br />from a pariel of news~media repre- <br />sentatives and from the audience. <br />Developers last year launched an <br />effort to . get the town to permit , <br />limited development <br />and higher-density residential <br />building alongmajor roads. <br />Ever-increasing commuter <br />through town also <br />troublesome for the town leaders. <br />The council also has been urged . <br />to consider purchasing Arizona <br />Public Service Co.'s electricity-dis- <br />tribution system in the town. <br />Incumbents are Mayor Robert <br />Plenge, Vice Mayor Jo~n .u1uo.;m.u, <br />Richard Andeen, Sara Moya <br />Kent Wiele. New candidates are <br />George Hudman, John Miller, Rich- <br />ard Mybeck, Earl Eisenhower <br />O'Connor. <br />James Garcia, The Phoenix Gazette <br />The town's strict limits on commercial zoning are under fire. <br />annexing, a collection of Mobil star-stud- <br />ded resorts and one small medical com- <br />plex are the only commercial develop- <br />ments that have squeezed past the <br />watchful eye of town fathers. <br />That anti-commercial zoning has left <br />large tracts ·of empty land along the <br />town's busiest roads, which, developers <br />argue, are too noisy and polluted for the <br />one-acre homesites the town prefers. <br />Even a few homeowners who live along <br />those bus:y streets complain that only <br />commercial developers are interested in <br />buying their houses. <br />In recent months, the town's zoning <br />code has been threatened by action in the <br />state Legislature and court action by <br />developers. <br />"I think someday it will collaps~/' said <br />Lawrence Mann, director of the univer- <br />sity of Arizona's Drachman Institute, a <br />thmk tank dedicated to studying develop- <br />ment. <br />Compromise, said Mann, is the only <br />hope Paradise Valley has to maintain its <br />exclusivity. . . . . . , <br />"My suspicions -in fact, I·. know - <br />that existing town fathers already reached <br />a agreement to allow limited commercial <br />development," Mann said. <br />"No one's talking about it, but there <br />have already been gestures toward open- <br />ing up Scottsdale Road.'' <br />Last year, when town officials appeared <br />unwilling to negotiate, developers com- <br />plained to the Legislature. The lawmakers <br />listened and threatened to push through a <br />surprisingly popular bill allowing Para- <br />dise Valley landowners to deannex from <br />the town. <br />That bill would permit owners to <br />become part of Maricopa County or <br />another municipality where building <br />codes were less restrictive. <br />In an effort to keep the bill from a vote, <br />Town Council members agreed to commis- <br />sion an independent land-use study. <br />That completed study has been side~ <br />lined into a Planning and Zoning Commis- <br />sion subcommittee, which has not met and <br />has no deadline for issuing a report . <br />"I think the possibility oflegislation is <br />very real," Mann said. . .. · . <br />Mayor Robert Plenge called the dean- <br />nexation bill blackmail, but Mann called <br />the town's stubborn approach toward any <br />commercial development "far too suspi- <br />cious to maintain.'' <br />Mann believes the town would come out <br />on the losing end if it chooses to battle the <br />lawmakers. <br />The town has gained a reputation as an <br />arrogant clique of .nealthy homeowners ,. <br />f.V ooqnfiiJp discuss tax funds <br />J .The Para(/:f!J?..J~qTown Coun6fi upfafe on the use of the town's bed Fibrosis for a celebrity auction to be <br />will hear how ~he to.wn's 1 percent tax for advertising tourism in the held Jan. 23 at the Wyndham <br />hotel .bed ta~ IS bemg spent at a area. Paradise Valley resort. <br />council meetmg Thursday at 7:30 The town has committed a total of <br />· p.m. at. the Town Hall, 6401 E. Lin-$350,000 to the chamber's tourism The council will also hear reports <br />c:oln Dnve. marketing fund this year. from city officials concerning the <br />Also on the agenda, council town's photo-radar system and <br />The Scottsdale Chamber of Com-members will vote on approving a plans to straighten the Tatum <br />merce will give council members an temporary liquor license to Cystic Boulevard curve. <br />···~·· ·., .' . ; ' . ~ : <br />.., : .. ~ ' <br />' . <br />sitting on a $12 million surplus. . : <br />They are notorious for not cooperatin~ <br />. in Valleywide projects,, including: Ir~n~­ <br />portation and road maintenance, the :arts, <br />or health an.dwelfare projects. · . · · ·: ~ <br />· "There's no doubt they.wou1d be:hutt if <br />they ever got into a political dogfight{' <br />Mann said. : · . ~ <br />"People . see the town. as elite ·ann <br />selfish. They could not find the votes tb <br />protect their.way of life. How will-they <br />· explain to a rancher in Benson that th~s is <br />what we have and this is what we want to <br />keep?Itwon't hold up,~' . <br />Mann believes\ the town is wealthy <br />enough to pursue a court battle if it is <br />initiated by a develop~r. . : <br />Despite a trend toward the courts siding <br />against cities in zoning battles, th~ <br />director of Arizona State University's <br />Real Estate Center believes the town <br />could win. · . \ <br />Jay .Butler said the .town;s small size <br />·· and its nearness to cities with plenty of <br />space for commercial growth and multi- <br />family housing would work in its favor. : <br />"There's been a lot of court cases that <br />went against this kind of zoning," Butler <br />said. "But these were isolated towns and <br />·areas.'' :· ·.. ~ · · <br />But Mann believes the town can avoid $. <br />court battle with developers by judicious <br />compromise. · · <br />"It would cost a lot to do it, and if <br />developers believe a compromise can be <br />achieved, they won't. They'll threaten ang <br />they're be a lot of heavy rhetoric,. but <br />nobody wants to make the lawyers r~ch/ <br />Mann said. <br />Jm'i Voters i~ th~ ;o~v11 ofPata~·:;i <br />i. dif3e V?ll~y Wi.H gqt()the pg!!~rhf~ <br />special ()IE:lc:t!cm.J<nh 1~ t.Q, qi,'Wjq~ ' <br />on the nmmval .. of &. ~.g"yr:~r ... <br />franchise with Ar~~ona pgl}J!gcS~r~~J <br />. vice Co.l?ett(i3l.Je!_/-:/3-rf tf{ <br />•The Tow11 C<!mWi.!1 including th"l !i <br />fivli) incum!Jent~ ~~·ing r(jl;lj()i;ti(m :f. <br />. f!ext month, au4 Jl.!£,: Jive (:()4f1eij i; <br />challenger~ hav~. ~ndor~JccJ t!w 1 <br />new, revised.··· a~f~~JTH.mt, <J :} <br />hom.eownen:~1 asso(:iqtion ha\> j:;OHW l; <br />out with a neutl;al'stmlce. ' ! . . ' . . . . .. . . . • • : ... -~j, <br />In. addition to.· th~; rrmHI}.~,;~~ :\ <br />:. perce11t qf !?ros$ .paYnWn~ to1'ii~1~ ~ <br />' town, APS as. agree~ to, sw~~i~rJ 1 <br />tJ1o . p.gt. l:Jy .· Pa.Y~n~ : an · ~!l;Qitaf 11 <br />.. $;J(WQQ ~n H~'q -of, t~~~ ~nd'~!J l <br />percQnt o.f ~m @fltiffiat~4, $.~Q mH' ~,· <br />lio11; 1Q;Y~M Proj~t, tg MrY I?~ ~ <br />ril~s of A:PS ov~rh!l.a~ !'lle~rig ~ <br />.ln.Cf:ly .·. ' : ':, .·•· . -~·":d : <br />The ·PQradi.se· •· VllU,~)' ~ <br />Homeowlwl'S Associatiop ea'dlcr i · <br />urged ·the council t.o·· delay' The j <br />election until a study can be mad(! , <br />of alternatives to, APS. providin13!!. <br />electricity tO the co~uiJunjty, ··· ,, ;i <br />·Council members sa;'thc issue~ !I <br />are , SCj~anitff aricJ' . that. a : nc\v ~~ <br />franchise is needed now because~ <br />the el(isting 25,year franchise ex~ i; · <br />pires soon. The towri is not lx>imd :i <br />.by the franchise it it. decides it:: <br />wants to acquire the -utility,, at· <br />·.some point in the future. •' · .-· .... ... ... ..,_ . .,.,,' ...