Planning & Zoning: April 2014

first_imgCity of ScottsdaleThe City of Scottsdale is preparing a zoning ordinance text amendment and has invited the community for review and comments. Amendments to the text are proposed to update definitions and regulatory language related to terms used to describe a responsible party such as property owner, applicant and other related terms. General cleanup revisions are also proposed to correct section references, eliminate duplication of requirements and improve the overall consistency of the ordinance. The ultimate objectives of this proposal are to add consistency, improve the usefulness of the ordinance and to provide clarity in the language of the ordinance. One meeting, with the public invited, has already occurred in January but others are to be scheduled.Town of Gilbert As demand for multi-family housing continues to increase within the Town of Gilbert, town leaders are proposing to tighten restrictions for developers that are considering building apartment complexes in commercially zoned areas. These new restrictions would add a number of conditions that a potential apartment developer would have to meet to get an apartment complex approved in regional commercial zoning. Those conditions would include a requirement to provide a mixture of land uses, such as office or retail commercial, on the proposed apartment parcel or on an adjacent parcel; a requirement that the project be compact or dense by sharing parking with adjacent development; a requirement for pedestrian-orientation or to have pedestrian accessibility, convenience and attractiveness; a requirement to address local transit system connections with facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists and automobile drivers; and a requirement to incorporate attractive public spaces that might include public art and serve as public gathering places. The objective of these newly proposed regulations is to give the town council and the planning commission more flexibility in reviewing any proposed apartment complexes and allowing them the option of rejecting proposed plans if they don’t meet specific new requirements. The proposed new regulations went before the planning commission in January, and members were generally favorable to the new standards but suggested a need for some revisions. The commission will review the standards in a study session and eventually vote on a recommendation, after which the proposal will go to town council for approval or rejection.City of Maricopa Recently, the Maricopa City Council approved the annexation of approximately 850 acres of land owned by a partnership known as Anderson Russell LLC. The property is located south of the Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway and straddles both sides of Anderson Road while extending southward to the Teel Road alignment. This annexation is significant in that it now allows the city the capability to expand to the south by annexation. City officials are already contemplating the annexation of additional properties adjacent to the Anderson Russell property. A general plan amendment has also been approved, changing the property to a master-planned community. Although a portion of the newly annexed property was within the City of Casa Grande’s planning area, an agreement exists between the two municipalities that allow that private landowners within unincorporated areas of the county to be able to choose which city they wish to be annexed regardless of which city’s planning area they are located in.City of PeoriaThe City of Peoria has recently announced the initiation of a self-certification pilot program. Qualified applicants to the program must be active Arizona licensed design professionals who have attended the self-certification training offered by the City of Phoenix (, and have successfully obtained a Building Plans Examiner Certificate from the International Code Council. Through this program, eligible building permits can be issued in as little as three business days. This self-certification program allows qualified professionals to quickly bypass the plan review and examination process by self-certifying a projects compliance with building codes, standards and ordinances. However, the pilot program does not include zoning clearances, parking, signs, fire, environmental services, landscaping, grading, industrial/utilities, floodplain or other land development codes. The program was initiated this past January. To learn more of the program’s details, visit City of Buckeye As reported in the September/October 2013 edition of AZRE, the “Town” of Buckeye is officially now the “City” of Buckeye. In January, the transition was celebrated by more than 200 citizens and city officials as the “CITY” portion of the new City Hall sign was unveiled in downtown Buckeye. The city’s Mayor Jackie Meck thanked the generations of the community, as well as previous town officials whose work would be continued by future city leaders. Meck stated that the city was no longer in the shadows and in fact was working to create shadows of its own. The P&Z column is compiled by Dave Coble and George Cannataro with Coe & Van Loo Consultants, cvlci.comlast_img read more

Celette-Elektron Names New General Manager

first_imgDeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement LOMBARD, Ill. – Celette Inc. and Elektron Inc. have announced a change in management at their U.S. headquarters. Timothy Morgan has been appointed general manager for both companies. He replaces Matthias Larisch, who has left the organization. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Morgan most recently served as the Celette-Elektron director of sales and technical operations. He has more than 30 years of experience in the automotive industry, including more than 15 in collision equipment distribution, marketing and education. “We will continue the improvements we’ve made over the past 18 months in customer service, distribution and training. We’re very excited about the opportunities in the U.S. and Canada for both our flagship brands,” said Morgan. Celette is a leading producer of automobile frame repair benches and measuring devices, and Elektron is a respected manufacturer of spot welders and other equipment for the auto body repair industry. Both Elektron and Celette are owned by The Equinox Group, an industrial partnership based in Switzerland, with U.S. headquarters located in Lombard, Ill.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

The common touch

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FEMU to the rescue

first_imgPROSPECTS for JR Freight’s M250 freight EMU (RG 5.03 p265) look encouraging given that the Japanese government has decided to impose new regulations on heavy lorries from September, forcing road haulage companies to fit speed limiters which will cut fuel supply if they exceed 90 km/h. Intended to reduce the number of road accidents and cut pollution, the move is certain to boost demand for faster rail container services on major trunk lines.This should cheer the otherwise rather gloomy outlook for JR Freight. JR Central President Yoshiyuki Kasai remarks in his book on the privatisation of JNR (p402) that repair costs for damage caused by freight trains to track, overhead line and other facilities on the 1067mm gauge Tokaido line between Tokyo and Osaka are estimated to cost ¥30bn a year, whereas JR Freight pays only around ´3·5bn in access charges to operate about 200 freight trains a day. Kasai says that there is a legal obligation for JR Freight to aim for a stock market listing, but he dismisses this as ‘completely unrealistic’.Kasai ascribes much of the track damage on the Tokaido line to JR Freight’s heavy locomotives and wagons, so the FEMU’s 12·5 tonne axleload would go some way towards meeting his objections. Total loaded weight is about 730 tonnes, and top speed will be 130 km/h, allowing the train to run between Tokyo and Osaka in less than 6h. The current fastest timing for a loco-hauled container express is 6h 40min, offering an end-to-end average speed including crew change stops of 83 km/h.last_img read more

The striker signed with Levski today

first_imgThe striker Steven Petkov has reached a full agreement with Levski regarding his personal conditions, BLIC found out exclusively. The footballer is expected to sign his personal contract today and be presented to the official website of the “blues”.Initial Bonus up to BGN 1,000 for online casino games from efbetPetkov has been in Levski’s field of vision for several days and has been negotiating his transfer to Gerena. He watched from the stands last night’s victory over Eter with 2: 1 in a championship match.Stephen is a teenager of the “blues”. He made his debut for Levski in 2012, he recorded 7 matches for the first team of his home club. Then he signed with Ludogorets, where he played only for the second team. Then Petkov went to Montana, and then to Botev (Plovdiv), where he shone with a number of goals.This earned him a transfer to Feyrenze in early 2019, where, however, he failed to establish himself. Stephen played only 13 games for the Portuguese and scored 1 goal. In September last year, he was sent on loan to the Czech Carvina, but failed to establish himself there.efbet League – season 2020/2021Championship standingsFollow with BLITZ: Transfer summer 2020 in efbet Leaguelast_img read more