Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Public Policy Advisory Council Update

Bill Heckman, Chair PPAC did not meet in August but has a full agenda over the coming months. Biggest issue will be the 2012 elections and candidate interviews with resulting endorsements subject to Board approval. This is a Mayoral plus three Council seats election. Initiatives that impact the Scottsdale business community will be addressed as well. Other issues on the radar include the proposed 2012 Bond Package being developed by the appointed Task Force. Bill Heckman is one of nine citizens selected to serve on this panel. There are about 130 proposals that have been narrowed to about 28 for review. The Noise Ordinance is still under scrutiny as are the Downtown Infill Incentive District actions. The East Valley Chamber of Commerce Alliance agenda and reports from the City Manager and his Economic Vitality team are regular monthly components of PPAC meetings. Also, use of Bed Tax funds for the proposed West World expansion including the Tony Nelssen Equine Center &/or the Events Center to host Barrett Jackson & other events will be of interest to EDAC & PPAC. Bell Road & McDowell Road corridors will each have major impact on the City’s future development.

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