Pace: Rare 3-3 council split over five-plex proposal on Camelback Mountain

Working late in to Valentine’s Day evening, when love was in the air, exposed a very divided Paradise Valley Town Council on an issue that implicates the core values of our Town. Three members of the Paradise Valley Town Council expressed support for commercial zoning of a five-plex on Camelback Mountain directly adjacent to one-acre […]

Pace: Adventure at the Paradise Valley Public Safety Fair

Rock climbing walls, helicopter, fire trucks, police training simulator, and the challenge of kids serving as a special agent to obtain clues and solve a crime all occur during the Paradise Valley Public Safety Fair on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the police station, 6433 E. Lincoln Dr. You and […]

Pace: An inside of look at Paradise Valley Town Council

What is it like serving on the Paradise Valley Town Council? Many words and experiences come to mind. I will place the matter into perspective by first explaining the scope of the position, followed by an ‘inside baseball” look at the internal dynamics of service on the council with six colleagues. It is an elected, […]

Town of Paradise Valley remembers fallen heroes on Memorial Day

The Town of Paradise Valley commemorated a special Memorial Day in the Town Cemetery on Monday, May 28. Residents experienced posting of colors, prayers, heartfelt speeches, wreaths, and a shared memory of those who served this country. There was an honor guard rifle salute led by Capt. Ed Bogonovich. Taps was beautifully played by Gil […]

Rappelling with confidence for Special Olympics

The PV Dream Team comprised of police, police volunteers and friends of the police department raised $16,752 for Special Olympics Arizona when the team went rappelling “Over the Edge” of a 27-story building in Downtown Phoenix on Dec. 9, 2017. In 2016, the PV team had only two participants for the annual event. This year […]

Pace: both motorist and bicyclist can share the road

The Paradise Valley Town Council and Planning Commission have heard concerns and complaints recently from motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists about discourteous and potentially unsafe practices on our roads. Motorists have complained that bicyclists interfere with the flow of traffic. Bicyclists have complained about motorists who crowd their access to roadways. Pedestrians have complained about bicyclists […]

Pace: The ins and outs of Camelback Mountain air rescues

How many helicopter rescues occur on Camelback Mountain, and how close can helicopters fly over houses? In 2016, there were 84 rescue responses with 86 individuals rescued at Camelback Mountain. The helicopter hoist was used 41 times, and there were 28 two-skid landings. Helicopter lights also were used to assist lost hikers off the mountain […]

Unprecedented Paradise Valley project will deviate from Hillside Ordinance

A proposed project at 5500 E. San Miguel is an unprecedented project and would be the first time that Paradise Valley processed an encroachment into the Hillside, deviating from the established Hillside Ordinance. Numerous variances are sought including exceeding the 24-foot building height requirement to build a 64-foot high structure exceeding the 8-foot retention wall limit to go to 20-foot retention walls, exceeding fill dirt limit of 8 feet, encroaching into the setbacks to put large patios that block the ridgeline and view of Camelback Mountain from many places below the proposed house. Surprisingly, town staff has recommended approval. None of us understand why staff would allow for deviations of this nature from the long-standing, established Hillside Ordinance.