Advisory Group Meeting – 1 September 2020

Advisory Group to Community Land Solutions and the Edge

Summary of 1 September 2020 Meeting

The Advisory group met on Tuesday (9/1) to continue work on a solution for the Property. In attendance from CLS were Matt Shearer and Mike Hare. John Ealy, Joe Gadzik, Beth Gadzik, Andy Fischer, Paul Keck, John Gambadoro, Richard Lake, John Rucker, Greg & Sandy Peterson, and Neftali Rivera each attended. Tim McGough, RLA, ASLA Founder and President McGough Group and Zachary Odell of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and formerly of The Nature Conservancy were Guest Attendees.  Christie Ellis, John Perkins and Richard Lake were unable to attend.

Prior Approvals

The Group approved the Summary of the meeting held 25 August 2020.

Zachary Odell and the GAOA

Zachary Odell reviewed his qualifications and provided his overview of the GAOA in how it may apply to the former Club West Golf Course. The key takeaways were that the land must be conveyed to a public entity such as the City of Phoenix or the State of Arizona, the GAOA provided a maximum of $250,000 in matching funds and that it was a competitive process that would not be likely to favor an abandoned HOA gold course over other projects. Zachary recommended the best approach was to ask the City of Phoenix if they were interested in taking possession of the property for a City Park. If the City was interested, the next step would be to secure the “right person”, (likely a lobbyist), to help secure the funds.

The Group confirmed some details with Mr. Odell and discussed whether the City would be willing to spend $250,000 to obtain matching funds and then take the land along with it’s required maintenance. The Group also discussed whether or not the community would be amenable to a City Park open to all located in the neighborhood. The Group agreed to speak to Andy Lenartz again and keep apprised of the GAOA.

Club West CC&Rs and Amendments

CLS facilitated a review of the HOA and Golf Course CC&Rs. A Group member clarified the distinction between the two and various points were discussed such as the motivations to secure the declarant rights, the method by which the rights are believed to have been secured and who the declarant is. The 2018 Amendment as well as the quorum it sets was reviewed and opinions were offered.

This discussion was motivated by Advisory Group members who acted on behalf of the Homeowners and various stated concerns such as statements that only 15% of Homeowners were required to make a change. In reviewing the voting process and quorum it was determined that 31% of Homeowners is the minimum required to make any changes and that 100% were allowed to be part of the process. An Advisory Group member pointed out that this number (31%) more than doubled the highest amount of votes historically received on any ballot measure at the time the Amendment was written.

The Group briefly looked at Implied Covenant and the differences between Club West and The Lakes in regards to the CC&Rs.

The Edge’s Purchase of the former Club West golf property

CLS reviewed the deed which conveyed the property to The Edge at Club West, LLC on 9 March 2020.

This discussion was motivated by Advisory Group members who acted on behalf of the Homeowners and various stated concerns such as statements that The Edge did not actually own the property.

An Advisory Group member commented that the deed states the consideration of $10. CLS clarified that deeds require consideration and that the amount is usually small in comparison to the stated “other valuable considerations” which are defined as part of the Purchase Agreement.

CLS confirmed that The Edge owns the property, has invested considerably to date and has been paying taxes, dues, insurance and fees.

Summary of Meeting between Community Land Solutions and the Assessor’s Office

CLS reviewed a meeting with the Assessor’s office which occurred earlier that week to discuss the tax look-back and it’s ramifications on financing The Park at Club West. CLS informed the Advisory Group of who attended the meeting and their roles. The summary stated that the Assessors’ office can not provide hard numbers or even estimates, but can only assess what is owed. The amount owed will be specific to the amount of land converted from golf usage to other usages and subject to a ten year look-back on tax benefits received.

The Advisory Group was informed that CLS would be able to use formulas provided by the Assessors as well as the experts they referred in order to closely estimate this key component of the budget.

Second Draft Plan for The Park at Club West

Tim McGough, RLA, ASLA reviewed changes and alterations based upon Homeowner feedback and comments. The Advisory Group reviewed suggestions and comments recently received and determined that most every idea had been presented and would be better to present a finished park sooner rather than later to allow more time for review and commentary on a finished product.

CLS agreed to review final concepts with the Group at the next meeting and adjust the timeline accordingly.

The Advisory Group discussed temporary parking, mountain top Saguaros with Holiday Lights, water features, pools, retail and restaurants as well as the “sense of arrival” and what that would feel and look like.

Adjournment

Meeting adjourned at 7:30 pm.

This Week’s Park at Club West Update – 4 September 2020

This Week’s Park at Club West Update – 4 September 2020

Here is what The Park at Club West team has been working on this week. We intend to update you each week and always welcome your input, ideas, and suggestions to improve and enhance our efforts. Anyone can subscribe to our newsletter by emailing newsletter@theparkatclubwest.com.

*Updated versions of The Park at Club West’s initial conceptual layout and design are now available to the public for comment. This is just the beginning of a plan. These draft concepts prepared by landscape architects will minimize weeds and dust and create permanent open space for all to enjoy. Click here to view the new conceptual layout and vegetation catalog. But our work is far from done.

*Take a look at our fourth advertisement in the recent issue of the Ahwatukee Foothills News.

*We are continuing to address questions and concerns at our Advisory Group meetings and will continue to adjust and evolve our process accordingly.

*We’re working to bring our community from better to best. Check out our quick slideshow of the improvements and clean-up efforts being made to the course. Click here to watch.

*If you have not already read the recent guest column from Terry Duggan, president of Foothills Golf Group, in the Ahwatukee Foothills News, you can click here to view the full article. Look for additional guest columns in the upcoming issues.

*Summaries of Advisory Group meetings are available at www.theparkatclubwest.com

*We hope you feel it’s time for Club West neighbors to work together with the HOA and the new owners to do what’s best for Club West and their community. A vote among homeowners will make sure all residents and neighbors’ voices are heard on the future of the Club West community – we want everyone to come to the table.

*If you have not already visited our website, please follow the links below and check it out. And REMEMBER to encourage your friends and neighbors to follow and like us on social media.

Thank you to all those who are liking our Facebook page. It is and will be a great source of updates moving forward.

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding The Park at Club West or would like to learn more, please feel free to go to our website at www.theparkatclubwest.com.

Advisory Group Meeting – 11 August 2020

Advisory Group to Community Land Solutions and the Edge

Summary of 11 August 2020 Meeting

The Advisory group met on Tuesday (8/11) to continue work on a solution for the Property. In attendance from CLS were Matt Shearer and Mike Hare. John Ealy, Joe Gadzik, Beth Gadzik, Andy Fischer, Paul Keck, John Gambadoro, Christie Ellis, John Perkins, John Rucker, Greg & Sandy Peterson and Neftali Rivera each attended. Richard Lake was unable to attend. Tim McGough, RLA, ASLA Founder and President McGough Group was in Guest Attendance.

Prior Approvals

The Group approved the Summary of the meeting held 4 August 2020.

Introduction of New Advisory Group participants

John Rucker is the newest Advisory Group participant. Greg & Sandy Peterson were formally introduced to the Advisory Group via video as they had technical difficulties last week and could only listen.

Old Business

The Group discussed the shared Drop Box and alternate Funding Methods including those that might assist ongoing Maintenance.

Park Definition

A Group participant pointed out that the term “Park” can mean many things. Lack of water and the need for a sustainable solution was discussed as well as costs. The Group agreed to further define the project as a “Desert Park”. Tim McGough indicated that the most appropriate, best blended to match surroundings and most sustainable “look’ of the terrain would be a very similar to desert areas of The Boulders in Scottsdale.

Scope of Drafts for The Park at Club West

The Group reviewed the process by which the initial conceptual draft will evolve into a finished proposal under guidance of the Advisory Group and community input and commentary. The current timeline calls for three drafts prior to the final design. It was determined that the conceptual layout (map) will be updated with each draft along with a one-sheet description, elevations and pictures or visuals.

Initial Conceptual Draft

The Group was supplied spreadsheets with community comments and suggestions.

Tim McGough, RLA, ASLA revisited several detailed concepts and discussed a variety of amenities with their individual pros and cons. The Group debated the pros and cons of Dog Parks as well as several unique concepts to inform proper dog usage and etiquette. Two participants reported on Frisbee Golf. It was determined that amenity preferences, benefits and usage may be something best put to a survey of the Homeowners.

Other than trails and walking paths, Pickle Ball has been generally accepted as one amenity that should be incorporated due to significant requests from the community. Possible locations were discussed which led to a conversation about amenity location in general. Designating certain areas as the “central” location was discussed and options were debated. The Group decided that the initial draft should have a centralized area adjacent to current HOA Clubhouse and the Pickle Ball Courts should be located near the existing tennis courts. Part of the decision was based on the concept that any amenity which might be used past dusk should be confined to an area that can be properly lighted and secured.

The Group continued to work with Mr. McGough on lighting and usage hours.  As of the first draft, the Park will be closed from dusk to dawn except in a central area.

Adjournment

Meeting adjourned at 7:35 pm.

This Week’s Park at Club West Update – 14 August 2020

This Week’s Park at Club West Update – 14 August 2020

Here is what The Park at Club West team has been working on this week. We intend to update you each week and always welcome your input, ideas, and suggestions to improve and enhance our efforts.

Ours is an ongoing, transparent process to collaboratively craft an open space plan that raises property values and improves our quality of life. Anyone can subscribe to our newsletter by emailing newsletter@theparkatclubwest.com.

*We are continuing to address questions and concerns at our Advisory Group meetings and will continue to adjust and evolve our process accordingly.

*In the next week, updated versions of The Park at Club West’s initial conceptual layout and design will be made available to the community for public input. This is just the beginning of a plan. A number of community virtual outreach meetings will be held to discuss comments and concerns. Look for notifications of when these virtual meetings will be held. Thank you to all who have shared your suggestions to enhance and improve The Park at Club West. Your input will continue to evolve our plans and make them better before you, The Club West residents, ultimately vote on a detailed plan.

*Take a look at our second advertisement in the recent issue of the Ahwatukee Foothills News. And look for our third advertisement in an upcoming issue of the Ahwatukee Foothills News.

*Summaries of Advisory Group meetings are available at www.theparkatclubwest.com

*If you have not already read the comments from Club West residents Greg and Sandy Peterson in the Ahwatukee Foothills News, you can click here to view the full article. Look for additional guest columns in the Ahwatukee News.

*If you have not already visited our website, please follow the links below and check it out. And REMEMBER to encourage your friends and neighbors to follow and like us on social media.

Thank you to all those who are liking our Facebook page. It is and will be a great source of updates moving forward.

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding The Park at Club West or would like to learn more, please feel free to go to our website at www.theparkatclubwest.com.

Thank you for listening and for your ongoing interest in our open space plans.

Advisory Group Meeting – 4 August 2020

Advisory Group to Community Land Solutions and the Edge

Summary of 4 August 2020 Meeting

The Advisory group met on Tuesday (8/4) to continue work on a solution for the Property. In attendance from CLS was Matt Shearer. John Ealy, Joe Gadzik, Beth Gadzik, Andy Fischer, Paul Keck, John Gambadoro, Christie Ellis, Richard Lake and Neftali Rivera each attended.

John Perkins,was unable to attend. Tim McGough, RLA, ASLA Founder and President McGough Group was in Guest Attendance

Prior Approvals

The Group approved the Summary of the meeting held 28 July 2020. The Group confirmed a basic Timeline.

Introduction of  New Advisory Group participants

Greg & Sandy Peterson attended via voice only. Other new invitees were unable to attend.

Open Commentary

The Group was asked if there were any immediate concerns that needed to address. There were no issues at this time.

Old Business

The Group discussed the shared Drop Box, The utilization of Contact Form, Email suggestions and suggestions posted via social media. A method whereby weekly spreadsheets would be distributed to the Group was established. The Group was asked to consider and be alert to Alternate Funding Methods including those that might assist ongoing Maintenance.

Park Concept

Tim McGough, RLA, ASLA was introduced and spoke about his credentials and history with building parks and open spaces. He detailed several concepts for such a project and discussed a variety of amenities with their individual pros and cons. He reviewed the Conceptual Drawing of the park and highlighted areas as well as beneficial considerations.

The Group entered into a Q&A with Mr. McGough and addressed specific as well as general concepts and concerns. Lighting and usage hours was a primary topic as well as dog usage and designated dog parks. Community Gardens and securing what such gardens produce as discussed. The importance of connecting to existing trails systems and access points and parking for the entire HOA was also discussed.

A portion of this discussion was dedicated to Pickle Ball and the court requirements, standards and usage. Mr. McGough agreed to get pricing on Pickle Ball courts and CLS volunteered to contact Frisbee Golf Operators of details on the sport.

The Group wrapped up with a summary of concerns and requirements for additional research.

Adjournment

Meeting adjourned at 7:35 pm.