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4/5/2014 11:28:00 AM
Letter: Cornville P&Z's handling of our case does not pass the smell test


I have been proudly serving on the Board of Camp Soaring Eagle Foundation for several years now, and I'm the person who was assigned the responsibility of completing the due diligence of the facilities, and I'm also the Board representative regarding the acquisition of the Living Waters property in Cornville.

Over the past few months we held two open meetings at the Living Waters property, where neighbors could come and learn about CSE, our mission of sending children with serious illnesses to a medically supervised camp, completely free of charge. Neighbors were encouraged to offer comments regarding our proposed intended use for this facility, both from those in favor as well as comments from those who were opposed. As a result of those meetings our Letter of Intent (LOI) was created, which is a document that states our intended uses for the property. We have made huge compromises as to the allowed uses we would be asking for, and every step has been taken to ensure that the neighbors voiced concerns were given the utmost of consideration. As time passed, we continued to listen to the concerns of the neighbors, and as a result even more concessions have been made on our part in an effort to show our sincerity of being good neighbors, and our willingness to ensure that the quiet and peaceful nature of the surrounding area remain intact. We now have many locals who support us because we have been so open to amending our LOI in an effort satisfy everyone's concerns.

Wednesday, we went before the Cornville P&Z Committee for the second time. At our first meeting on March 5th we were allowed to give a presentation of what CSEF is all about, explain about the changes that were made to our LOI, and answer questions from both the P&Z Committee, the County, and attendees, who were mostly locals and neighbors to the LW property.

As a result of that meeting, many questions still remained, and we were asked to return at a later date and provide further explanation and clarification to various provisions in the LOI, as well as provide the results of the TIA ( traffic impact analysis) that was currently in progress. The Cornville P&Z Committee then decided to table their vote until the next meeting, where we would be asked to present the results of the traffic analysis and provide further clarification to the LOI.

This same P&Z Committee that asked us to return and provide additional information and clarifications, gave us no opportunity to do so. Instead, they quickly closed the floor to comments and voted unanimously to deny our application.

Particularly upsetting to me, was they tabled their vote at the first meeting so they could get a better understanding of the issues, yet at this second meeting had no interest whatsoever in learning about the changes we made to accommodate their own concerns, or even look at the traffic analysis that was completed. If their intention all along was to deny our application, then why did they table their vote at the first meeting and ask us to return with more clarification including details of the traffic study.

To me, this demonstrates a complete failure in the following of appropriate protocols, and their handling of our case does not pass the smell test.

Rob Olson

Board Member

Camp Soaring Eagle

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, April 11, 2014
Article comment by: Good Neighbor Redux

Mr Olsen, do you currently live on the grounds of the Briar Patch Inn or elsewhere? The property of Living Waters is STILL for sale. Camp Soaring Eagle is NOT a resident or OWNER of the property in question. We the current residents of the surrounding Arrowhead Acres and N. Aspass Rd ARE for the most part PROPERTY OWNERS. We also have a vested interest in what occurs to the adjoining properties and how a mismanaged PAD could devalue our property and facing DEMANDS from a financial entity that to date remains publicly unnamed. You want to come to OUR HOMES and talk about it ?????? Why don't you invite us to your home? The representatives of CSE gush about how beautiful Cornville is and how wonderful a place it is. Just perfect for their camp. There are quite a few SINGLE FAMILY HOMES for sale in Arrowhead Acres..................come on down and buy right here and help our little neighborhood.......don't tell me how pleased I will be until you walk the proverbial mile in my shoes.

Posted: Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Article comment by: Sniff Sniff

Talk about a smell test...

Who is the potential mortgagee, what is their previous relationship with CSE, and how will the PAD zoning benefit them if CSE defaults?

Think about this:
After PAD zoning seals the sale, Meyers says CSE is going to sell the northern portion to fund the camp. What percent of the sale price goes to the mortgagee? Do they already have a waiting buyer?

Excuse me while I step out for some fresh air.

Posted: Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Article comment by: Jan Allbright

I live on Aspaas so this is a matter of some concern. Being specific I have three concerns.

1. Where is the water coming from to support these activities?

2. Where is the wastewater from all these people going to go?

3. What about the intersection of Aspass and Cornville Road. This intersection is at the top of the climb up from Oak Creak and is already becoming a choke point.

Posted: Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Article comment by: Put your name to your comments Please!!!

Confused why everyone won't put there name to the comments they are so passionate about making? CSE is the best option for this property. if they fail this point will be made clear with the REAL disruption that will take place when the church of beating drums purchases this property!!!!

Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Article comment by: Slater Slater

Here we go round in circles,.whee opp gonna fly
high like a bird up in the sky,.

Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Article comment by: Money Mouth

@Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is:
AMEN to your idea ! ! !

Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Article comment by: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Mr. Olson, as the owner of The Briar Patch Inn in Sedona, who has donated his property to CSE to hold family week events, and as a board member of CSE, you’re obviously a very generous man with all the best intentions (I do believe this to be true).
I think you should sell your property to CSE for their Camp (providing that your neighbors in Sedona wouldn’t object). This would be the best solution for everyone that is being impacted. CSE would have a quality property that really wouldn’t need to be brought up to code, on Oak Creek and with a prestigious address in Sedona. You would get a great tax write off, feel good about what you’ve done and help all the disadvantaged children in Arizona. We the whiners in Cornville could go back to being the hicks CSE believes we are.
What is the old saying? “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander”. Demonstrate your true dedication to CSE and sell out.

Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Article comment by: Good Neighbor

The representatives of CSE have repeated ad-nauseum that they desire to be good neighbors to the N. Aspaas and Cornville community. The 2nd meeting at Living Waters was held to present the 1st LOI and to have a discussion with "residents" affected by their proposed changes. We were treated to a warp speed "reading" of the LOI by Ms Diedrich, with no handouts or paperwork to read or even follow along with. We were basically told to "get it from the county". This type of "good neighbor" protocol has been the norm from the start, It is contentious and condescending. I guess that CSE and their representatives feel that the door should only swing one way. The battle has begun, not about being good neighbors, and working together as neighbors, but who can sling enough MUD in the other direction to sway opinion. Maybe Congress can rent Living Waters for a weeklong retreat........they would feel right at home............

Posted: Sunday, April 6, 2014
Article comment by: Stop Spinning

CSE submitted an addendum to the 1st LOI prior to the 2 April P&Z meeting. It was reviewed by the residents, and the residents supplied their comments to the P&Z prior to 2 April's meeting. But the AT the 2 April meeting itself, CSE, at the LAST MINUTE, supplied to the P&Z only, (and NOT to the residents for their PRIOR review), some papers. The P&Z called for a 5 minute break, so they could review the papers. They did so, and AT THEIR DISCRETION, decided not to discuss the papers at this meeting. They are ELECTED members of Cornville, and thus, they REPRESENT the RESIDENT members, who place their trust in them to represent Cornville. CSEF SHOULD RESPECT THESE FACTS SHOW SOME RESPECT FOR THE ELECTED CORNVILLE P&Z and CCA OFFICIALS, AND STOP SPINNING AND WHINING.

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