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Updated Log of Past Meeting Regarding the Central & Glenrosa Development Prospal.

Wednesday, August 24th at 6:00pm at Changing Hands Petree Development representatives (Windy Riddell, Tom Blisten, and Eric Kearney) hosted a meeting with CAN to present the latest revisions submitted to the city. Unfortunately, the development plans were largely unchanged from prior meetings. Most of the discussion revolved around traffic, and what residents can do outside of the proposed development area to slow traffic or make cut through inconvenient. They presented two options that involve adding traffic circles throughout the community and neck-downs (viewable at Home | Central & Glenrosa (

Monday, June 27th at 5:30pm Wendy Riddell and Petree Development hosted a virtual town meeting (Avg 38 CAN attendees). Wendy presented the latest plans. Community members expressed objections to the mass and scale directly across from single story homes. Repeatedly, it was requested to lower the number of units and scale on parcel 1 and 3. The only objections to parcel 2 and 4 were the fact that it needed to have a significant amount of commercial-retail all along Central Avenue. Construction length (10 years) was repeatedly a concern, but additional traffic and street parking was the prevailing issue of objection.

Thursday, June 16th at 5:00pm a traffic subcommittee met at Cooperate (18 CAN attendees). We discussed and drafted maps of where we believe traffic mitigation improvements could be implemented, and also provided markups of how Petree could try to address traffic concerns for their development proposal, but the group indicated that the intensity of the development seems to make it an impossible issue to address.

Wednesday, June 8th at 3:00pm Petree development invited the Carnation Development Committee members (6 CAN attendees) to Changing Hands bookstore so they could update us on what their client thought of the feedback they received at the meeting on May 24th. It was stated clearly by CAN that they still haven't addressed the main concerns of commercial-retail along Central Avenue, not enough community green space, and mass and scale directly across from single store single family homes. CAN made clear they were not doing enough to address transportation safety and function issues. Wendy expressed that she would bring all our ideas back and to her team, and provide revisions.

Tuesday, May 24th at 6:00pm the Carnation Development Committee hosted a large publicly announced meeting at Changing Hands bookstore (fliers were also passed out to residents the prior weekend). The developer shared updates on their project, and heard community feedback. The same themes obtained by CAN meetings and prior meetings were a focus of contention. Addition of a pocket park on 2nd Avenue, and no thru-traffic on Montecito were announced.

Monday, May 9th at 6:30pm the Carnation Development Committee (5 CAN attendees) met to discuss the rezoning application that was filed by Petree Properties, now Z-17-22, and provide updates on research efforts about Carnation zoning.

Monday, May 15th at 6:30pm Cliff Valenti presented at the Carnation Association of Neighbors general meeting on the Uptown TOD policy plan and how it relates to the Petree Development zoning proposal. He reviewed and recorded attendee thoughts and ideas, and added additional thoughts to the running log of community input during the meeting (the log of concerns was sent to Wendy Riddell after the meeting). Julie announced that there would be a large community meeting on May 24th and that if anyone wanted to be involved with the development committee to reach out.

Wednesday, April 20, CAN secretary Cliff Valenti sent an email to Wendy Riddell objecting to the fact that they submitted their application prior to meeting with the neighborhood as they stated they would. Cliff requested that they schedule a meeting for neighbors to provide feedback ASAP.

Saturday, April 9th at 4:30pm the Carnation Development Committee (9 attendees) met for the first time to plan a strategy for incorporating Carnation feedback into the development plans. Group members agreed to study Uptown TOD, Reinvent Phx, and Walkable Urban Code to be educated as we navigate the Z-17-22 development proposal.

Thursday, March 17th Eric Kenney sent an email to CAN stating that Petree Development paid the application fee to the City of Phoenix regarding rezoning of the 15.612 acre property at the corner of Central Avenue and Glenrosa Avenue. The City of Phoenix has assigned a rezoning case number to the property and the rezoning case number is Z-17-22.

Monday, March 7th at 6:00pm the CAN neighborhood meeting residents were informed of the Petree proposal by the board. A formation of a development committee was announced, and volunteers were asked to contact Cliff Valenti if interested.

Thursday, February 24th at 3:30pm Petree Development met with the Carnation Association of Neighbors board to introduce themselves and let us know they were planning a development at the former Agave Farms location. Wendy Riddell, Eric Kearney, and Tom Blisten stated that they would provide plans and an opportunity for community input at the next meeting.

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