Scottsdale planners have raised a long list of objections to the revised plans for Waterview at Scottsdale. The $600 million development would include a hotel and 200 luxury condos northeast of Camelback and Scottsdale roads.
Mark Madkour, a principal with Scottsdale Canal Development, would not say whether he and his development partners would agree to lower the height of the northernmost condo building, from 65 feet to no more than 38 feet.
Scottsdale's Principal Planner Mac Cummins said the city does not want people walking along the canal to feel like they are in a "cavern or canyon" when they look at the condo buildings."It still looks like 10 pounds of flour in a five-pound sack," he said of the revised plan.
Scottsdale planners have asked the developer to alter plans for Waterview. Requests include:
• Reduce height of the northernmost building to no more than 38 feet because it is adjacent to a neighborhood of single-story homes.
• Cut height of two other buildings.
Require a third-party study to address safety concerns about moving an electrical substation to the northern edge of the 11-acre site.
• Increase setback of buildings along Camelback Road, from 27 feet to the required 40 feet.
• Provide detailed plans for landscaping and improvements along the path of Arizona Canal.
• Improve the pedestrian-friendly aspects so that the public can easily identify pathways.
• Reduce windows on the eastern sides because of desert climate and potential heat gain.
• Reduce "the size and bulk of the buildings. Modify design of this large project so that it is subdivided into human-scaled components," providing a feeling of an urban neighborhood.
• Schedule at least one public meeting to listen to residents' concerns and to explain plans.
Scottsdale Canal Development is planning a public meeting, but it is not likely to occur until after the holidays, a spokeswoman said.
Madkour said the development team is addressing issues of concern and plans to meet soon with city planners.