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Be the Voice of Surprise
Welcome Surprise Independent Readers and thank you for your story on Aug. 11, Richard Smith. We are being noticed, and now there's a delay by the builder with their application to the City. Stay tuned to stay ready to be at City Hall in person when it's back on. Watch for the Planning & Zoning Commission meetings  - details here for FS20-829 Truman Ranch to provide a recommendation to the City Council - SIGN UP TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING HERE (Find the purple button part-way down that reads "PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION COMMENT FORM") Showing up at city meetings and district meet & greets, writing to city leaders, sharing this with neighbors, and getting signatures on the corner (we're waiting for some summer heat to fade before resuming LOL) has been working! Keep it up.

LIVE: Watch the Voice of Surprise GROW!!! + Live Map

NEW: Living Document/Research - "The Facts"

UPDATED: Sign the online Petition NOW

UPDATED: If you wish to print this petition and get your neighbors to sign it, here it is: Word | PDF

You can also print these flyers with the website to spread the word: PowerPoint | PDF

You can also read this more detailed flyer to share with your friends: Word | PDF

Help right away. Sign the petition online and then share it with 5 of your friends to do the same. The window of time is short (mid-August). Know the issues of FS20-829 & contact your council reps

Dominium wants to put 1.76 parking spaces per unit vs. code of 2.25--here's their gaslighting "study"

Sample Letter to Mayor Skip Hall

 

Key Events

Don't let our voices fade, we need to act before the August City Council Meeting

  • Every Tuesday 9 pm - Voice of Surprise Zoom (see number, zoom link and details below)

  • Thursday, September 2, 6 pm @ Council Chambers - Planning & Zoning Commission meeting (awaiting confirmation if on the agenda -  FS20-829 Truman Ranch - check here - they will provide a recommendation to the City Council - SIGN UP TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING HERE (Find the purple button part-way down that reads "PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION COMMENT FORM")

  • Sat, Sept. 4, 9-11 am @ Spencer's Place - Joint D3 (Duffy) & D6 (Judd) Meet & Greet

  • Tuesday, September 7, 6 pm @ Council Chambers - Regular City Council Meeting - SIGN UP TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING HERE

  • CANCELED - Fri, Sept. 10, 7 - 8:30 pm (details) - D1 (Winters) District Monthly Chat

  • Sat, Sept. 11, 9-11 am (details) - D5 (Hastings) Meet & Greet

  • Thursday, September 16, 6 pm @ Council Chambers - Planning & Zoning Commission meeting (awaiting confirmation if on the agenda -  FS20-829 Truman Ranch - check here - they will provide a recommendation to the City Council - SIGN UP TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING HERE (Find the purple button part-way down that reads "PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION COMMENT FORM")

  • Tuesday, September 21, 6 pm @ Council Chambers - Regular City Council Meeting  - SIGN UP TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING HERE - where this is possibly to be on the agenda for a vote along with the recommendation of the Planning & Zoning Commission - check here for FS20-829 Truman Ranch

  • Wed., Sept. 22, 6 pm (details) - D4 (Remley) Meet & Greet

  • Wed., Sept. 22, 6 pm (details) - D6 (Judd) Meet & Greet

  • Fri. Sept. 24, 10 am (details) - Council Member Cline D2 Meet & Greet

  • Mon. Sept. 27, 6 pm (details) - Council Member Cline D2 Meet & Greet

We already know this location for "affordable housing" makes ZERO sense and Dominium has no well-established communities of this type in Arizona—so they really don’t know Arizona nor the impact!!!

Sadly, attending the 6:30 pm Tues. 6/29 meeting at Sunset Hills will drive no action by our City Council—they will not act until their positions are imperiled by a larger group of citizens across the City.

Starting Tuesday, July 6th we are meeting on Zoom every Tuesday at 9 pm (so we can give our kids the evenings they deserve) until at least the August City Council meeting.

Meeting links will be posted here at voiceofsurprise.com

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THANKYOU

 

Thanks to the volunteers and those who gathered about 300 more signatures in the blazing heat on the morning of Saturday, July 10th, and then again about 400 more July 17th-18th. 

We need volunteers for the 25th-26th (click here to see the sign up times)

 

We can approach you too for a signature, and will post other signing events. See the link at the top of the page or right here below TO SIGN

Why voiceofsurprise.com ?

Some key decisions are being made without your input or voice. Are you ready to help our leaders hear the Voice of Surprise?

Right now some key decisions about the future of the City of Surprise are being made without true representation. VoiceOfSurprise.com is designed to keep you in the know, and to help us unite as citizens together to get our council to represent us. voiceofsurprise.com (.net and .org work too) is an easy name to remember to get the latest information on some critical decisions facing our community. Are you ready to help protect our interests and unite our Voice of Surprise?

Our Current Concerns

Our most pressing actionable efforts

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Affordable Housing at Waddell & Cotton

Don't put it here!    NOTE: Our Forum is currently not working, will fix it ASAP

No one is against affordable housing opportunities, but PLACEMENT IS EVERYTHING--this should be built across from City Hall, for example, not bottlenecking a landlocked neighborhood.

News

Latest links, stories, and articles to get educated on the main matter at hand.

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Surprise mayor: We need more workforce affordable housing

May 10, 2021

Skip Hall, our Surprise Mayor, is determined with this idea and has targeted our neighborhoods with little warning--we should be very concerned.

"Don't Put it Here!"

circa 2009

The Center for Housing Policy Insights published this article attempting to answer the question: "Does Affordable Housing Cause Nearby Property Values to Decline?"

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Dominium's Affordable Housing Proposal

January 28, 2021

Master Site Plan Narrative "The Promenade" Southwest corner of Cotton Lane and Waddell Road

Read or Download

The Promenade - Attorney's Website and Publication

2021

This is the page published by the builder's attorneys about this development with more details.

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The Effect of Affordable Housing on the Surrounding Neighborhood

July 1, 2019

In distressed neighborhoods, the basic findings were that building LIHTC housing increases surrounding property values and reduces crime rates.  In high-opportunity neighborhoods, LIHTC housing has no effect on crime rates, either positive or negative, but a small negative impact on property values

 
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Contact Patrick Duffy, Distrct 3 Council Member and Vice Mayor

Join Vice Mayor Patrick Duffy to discuss the issues that are important to you and learn more about what’s happening across the city.

  • Where: Spencer’s Place
    15341 W. Waddell Road Ste 101, Surprise, AZ 85379

  • Time: 9-11 a.m.

  • When: First Saturday each month

Visit Patrick's D3 website here: https://d3.surpriseaz.gov/

15341 W. Waddell Road Ste 101, Surprise, AZ 85379

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