Town Manager's Summary of the Community Conversation
on the Five Star Development Project "Keys to Success"
What does it look like? What does it “feel” like?
Protect and enhance Paradise Valley’s character and brand
Limit heights and densities to preserve views. This may be achieved by locating taller structures in the middle of the property, providing open space and one-story elements along the perimeter, constructing underground parking, and challenging the architects to consider innovative design elements.
The land use plan should be unique to this property and every element (including resort, residential, retail, and landscaping) should be designed, constructed, and maintained over the course of development and operation with high quality standards worthy of a world class resort destination
Preserve one-acre zoning
Does it operate efficiently and according to expectations?
Provide residential options for residents who wish to downsize but still live in Town
The traffic circulation plan should take into consideration neighboring commercial properties in order to manage speeding, increased traffic, and include elements to eliminate cut-through traffic
Design of residential elements should focus on quality, not quantity, and include adequate garage space
Developer should provide evidence of financial viability
Development should not result in a cost to residents, and it should generate revenue to fund any additional public services resulting from the increased population and traffic
Commercial resort element should offer services for residents (i.e. dining, spa, retail, community gathering places)
How should this Special Use Permit amendment process be conducted?
The final product should be consistent with what residents expected in the approved plan
The Town should plan jointly with the City of Scottsdale to address cross-border issues involving traffic and infrastructure
Work with the developer
Consider lessons learned from other resort development projects
Do not redesign the entire approved plan – fix only the problems that must be addressed
Developer should show evidence of an agreement with The Ritz-Carlton and the agreement should be in perpetuity
Town should not negotiate under threat
Construction of the entire project should be completed in a timely manner with the resort element constructed first