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It all starts with a SPARK of imagination. Your ideas, our future.

Imagine Mesa's future. No matter the idea, someone, somewhere can be the spark. From amazing new parks and safe neighborhoods to growing our local economy and promoting "green" initiatives, City leaders are looking for your bright ideas to Imagine Mesa in innovative and exciting ways.

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Thank you for your idea! The City Council and leadership agree that the 25 acres on the southwest corner of University and Mesa Drives needs to be amazing! To that end, the Council directed City staff to conduct public engagement to help guide future development. The outreach was conducted June-August 2016 and consisted of an online survey and in-person neighborhood meetings. We received nearly 2,000 responses to this outreach effort! The results of the outreach were presented to City Council in November 2016 (video of Council presentation: mesa11.com/vod/?show=1466&Mode...) and included City Council direction to prepare options for next steps to develop the vision and a master plan that are consistent with the following guiding principles:

Future development of University and Mesa drives:
- Provides a significant market-rate residential component (for sale and rental)
- Develops in an urban form
- Is sensitive to the Wilbur Historic District
- Provides a variety of building types and uses
- Provides high-quality design and construction
- Activates and supports the downtown core
- Provides a connected pedestrian environment
- Provides neighborhood supporting non-residential uses that complement downtown core

Starting later this year, the City will be hiring an urban design consultant to prepare conceptual master plan(s) and market feasibility analyses that will become the basis for developing the property. Development of the conceptual master plans will be an open and public process, in which we encourage all interested people to participate. Updates on the conceptual master planning process and how you can continue to participate will be posted on the Downtown Transformation webpage: www.mesaaz.gov/about-us/city-p....

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Posted Jul 24, 2017
W. Dea Montague
W. Dea Montague
Jul 25, 2017

I agree with Tim Boyle's comments above. Something amazing is warranted and the City Council has that opportunity.

• In November, when Jeff McVay reported the results of the Community Meetings, some of the Council Members were perceptive to the weaknesses of the process: e.g., a process that did not give "open choice"; rather the questions were in predetermined boxes such as "Which style of multi-housing complex design do you prefer?" The facilitator did not listen when the citizens present repeatedly said that they did not want any style of high-rise multi-family housing. In fact, at the Community Meeting where citizens were invited to give their input, the facilitator openly rebuked one citizen during her comments. She expressed her opinion that more high-rise apartments would not bring economic development and revitalization to the area any more than the rebuilding of Escobedo had done. The facilitator said "I do not accept your comments!" This revealed his predisposition to a predetermined result, a result that the great majority of citizens participating did not agree with!

• I was one of the minority voters that supported ASU coming to Mesa. I still believe the presence of ASU in this area could have a profound impact. Their presence in downtown Phoenix has been exceptional.

Posted by W. Dea Montague on Jul 25, 2017
Melissa McCook Pimentel

Dear City of Mesa,
I agree with Tim and Dea. I was at the meeting and I also voted but we werent given the opportunity to vote on what we really wanted. There was no open discussion of anything more than letting us vote on what types of multi family housing combinations to put in. I offer this same type of choice to my kids when I want them to eat their vegetables. They get to "choose" if they want peas or carrots. They really don't have a choice to whether they get to eat vegetables or not. They just get to choose which type. It feels like city of mesa was being the parent and telling us we "get" to choose which type of multi family housing we want. But the reality is we don't want that for site 17. We want something amazing in that location, like the lagoon.

Posted by Melissa McCook Pimentel on Jul 25, 2017
Derek Brosemann
Derek Brosemann
Jul 25, 2017

Thank you Tim for spearheading this revolt. The process the city implemented of "faux choice" regarding site 17 was brilliant in steering a narrative the city wanted all along. The city can say we were given a choice, but those choices were all predetermined. Do you want this type of multi-family housing sprinkled with commercial or this type? As grateful as I was that we got an audience, one cannot help be feel condescended to (bad grammer I know). Those in the city reading this should understand that we want and expect more for that location. I am certain that we will not settle for mediocrity in this case and the city employees should take note at the energy many of us are putting into this message!

Posted by Derek Brosemann on Jul 25, 2017
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We combined Victoria Geczi's idea for urban gardening with this one since they overlapped (including Me Too votes). Here's Victoria's comment:

There are a few empty lots in Mesa that are just barren areas. Many cities currently have small lots built to grow vegetables, fruit, and flowers. Neighbors help maintain and grow the small plots. They can rent a plot and buy what they would like to grow and harvest. Other members can help weed, water, and provide other maintenance to the lot. This has a great opportunity to bring our neighborhoods and town together.

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Posted Jul 24, 2017
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City of Mesa, AZ

Hi, Sam. What types of events did you have in mind?

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Posted Jul 24, 2017
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Thanks for your idea! We actually have a project on the horizon (Main Street Tree Plan project) that will review the overall condition of the Main Street streetscape in Mesa's downtown area. This project will study and analyze the existing conditions along Main Street and provide a plan and recommendations for a long-term street tree and landscape solution along Main Street.

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Posted Jul 20, 2017
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Thanks for the idea! To help aid the discussion, we wanted to share some information about the City's policies and current services. Whether it is simply more funding for current services or a brand new service, detailed ideas and discussion help our committee and elected officials know what you would like to see in our City. Thanks again for participating!

www.mesaaz.gov/residents/anima...

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Posted Jul 12, 2017
Ja Koe
Ja Koe
Jul 18, 2017

Volunteers do all the work of trapping, transporting, aftercare, releasing, adopting, feeding, and even cover vet bills. Not to mention the emotional drain of issue. They get no recognition from the city for their community service and are expected to pay the $25 fee per cat. It adds up. How about refunding the fees on a property taxes. That is the least the City could do for these folks and might get more people to TNR. It might also spur mobile home parks, apartment buildings, and business owners to participate to get this under control.

Posted by Ja Koe on Jul 18, 2017
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City of Mesa, AZ proposed this resource for free bulk pick up days in Mesa.

Thank you for submitting an idea! Ideas will begin being reviewed in November, so in the meantime, we wanted to share some of the other bulk pick up services we currently provide.

Eligible Mesa neighborhoods may participate in our Clean Sweep/Green Sweep program. By simply gathering signatures from 8 of your neighbors, large roll-off trash and/or green waste containers can be placed in your neighborhood to help support a community cleanup event. Neighborhoods can request this program one time per year at no additional charge.

Another low-cost option is the Landfill Use Program where eligible residents may dispose of up to 2,000 pounds of material one time per month for $13.

Lastly, we have the very popular Bulk Item Pickup Program. This program is an easy and convenient curbside option for residents who would like to dispose of those occasional bulky items. Disposal cost is $22.59 per load which allows residents the ability to dispose of items fitting in a 4’ x 4’ x 8’ area.

For more information, please visit our programs and services page or contact the Environmental Management & Sustainability Department at 480.644.6789.

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Posted Jul 3, 2017
Joni
Joni
Jul 4, 2017

We have used the Bulk Item Pick Up Program fairly recently. I was disappointed that at the expense of picking up just a few items. We had a queen mattress and a lawn mower that we set out to be picked up. The lawn mower was left with a note that said it had gasoline still in it. My husband checked and then double checked, and he said it was all removed. It was kind of a waste. We could have figured out another option for the mattress if that was all they were going to take. The other two bulk pick up programs seems much more labor intensive for a much lower price. I'm not sure why that is, except for the inconvenience of having to come out for just one residence. One free bulk pick up day, even seasonally would be so convenient. If every residence had to pay a minor fee it could be done, considering all households will probably not utilize the program.

Posted by Joni on Jul 4, 2017
Ja Koe
Ja Koe
Jul 13, 2017

I agree. I never lived someplace that didn't have bulk pickup until I moved here.

Posted by Ja Koe on Jul 13, 2017
Lori Jo Smith
Lori Jo Smith
Jul 14, 2017

This would probably stop people from just dumping stuff out in the desert. The last time the roller dumpsters cam e to my neighborhood they were filled before I even got off work. As were all the other ones in the neighborhood. I did not get to use them at all.Roll off dumpster just need to repeatedly get put into neighborhoods around the city. That way eventually everyone would get there bulky stuff gotten rid of.

Posted by Lori Jo Smith on Jul 14, 2017
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City of Mesa, AZ

Hi Kathy! In your summary above, you wrote that "By having the city involved it can increase the success of a program supported by the community." Did you have anything specific in mind? The more details we can give our citizen committee and City Council, the better. If you don't have any specifics yet, that is OK. Thanks for the idea!

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Posted Jul 11, 2017
Jessie
Jessie
Jul 11, 2017

A stellar idea to give those less fortunate a hand up.

Posted by Jessie on Jul 11, 2017
Carmen Guerrero
Carmen Guerrero
Jul 13, 2017

This is great idea for our work force housing gap as well. We need to innovate and update our housing stock, especially in West Mesa! We should also think about sustainability and energy efficiency in the building materials.

Posted by Carmen Guerrero on Jul 13, 2017
Christina Shoemaker
Christina Shoemaker
Jul 14, 2017

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We offer housing to men and women 18 years and up as well as restoration resources for mind body and spirit.
Please visit our New location at 451 E. 4th place Mesa AZ or call 480.757.6921 x 107
For bed availability call 480.757.6921 x 104

Posted by Christina Shoemaker on Jul 14, 2017
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City of Mesa, AZ

Hi Azdawn, thank you for the idea. Quite a few departments and services already operate on Friday and weekend hours like utility bill payment, code enforcement, Parks, water delivery and wastewater collections and public safety. We've added a link below that shows all of our departments by schedule. Are there any specific departments currently operating Monday through Thursday that you would like to see add service hours on Friday?

mesaaz.gov/about-us/jobs/benef...

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Posted Jul 12, 2017
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City of Mesa, AZ

Thanks for the idea! There has been a recent US Supreme Court decision (Reed Vs. Town of Gilbert) that significantly limits sign enforcement by local governments. As a result, the City is updating our Sign Code. For more information, the link below will take you to the City's website for the Sign Code update.

Your support for this idea is still important for those instances when the law allows for local control--so keep it up, and share this idea with your friends and neighbors!

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Posted Jul 12, 2017
Tim Boyle
Tim Boyle
Jul 12, 2017

Will do, City of Mesa, AZ! :D

Reed v Gilbert changed what messages are allowed to be displayed on a sign. Our new signage ordinance just needs to make it fair. So we can significantly limit the size and amount of signage allowed if we as a city choose to be forward thinking about it. We do not need to be overrun by cheap, ugly, and tacky signs. The nicest neighborhoods in the Valley aren't cluttered with ugly signs, why are we?

Mesa can still eliminate bandit signs, like the one in the photo. Reed v Gilbert didn't say anything about those. We just need to make it a priority.

Posted by Tim Boyle on Jul 12, 2017
Jim Olsen
Jim Olsen
Jul 12, 2017

You have been updating the sign code for over 2 years now. Even the Supreme Court will allow you to take down signs that are posted on street signs and traffic control devices. This goes back to code enforcement, of which there appears to be much too little.

Posted by Jim Olsen on Jul 12, 2017
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