November 2, 2017 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

Harvest Festival

Surprise Community Garden hosted their annual Harvest Festival on Thursday, October 26. Volunteers gathered to provide free pumpkins, face painting and much more to those who attended this free event. Many thanks to Linda Cabrera for her hard work putting it together!

GAIN Night

The Surprise Police Department, in partnership with other city departments and organizations, hosted the 2017 GAIN Night at 8 Acre Park on Saturday, October 28. The event provided plenty of activities for kids, trick-or-treating, great entertainment and much more. Approximately 3,000 attended. Canned food donations were requested at entry which provided 39 boxes of canned food weighing roughly 1,171 pounds for the Salvation Army thanks to the generosity of our attendees. Several of our local merchants provided raffle items for those who donated food. This year was our most attended GAIN Night event to date!

In addition to GAIN Night, our Surprise Community and Recreation Services Department, in partnership with our Surprise Youth Council, hosted the Surprise Spooktakular, at the City Hall Parking Garage. The event was a success with more than 1,000 attendees. Food trucks, music, trunk-or-treating, carnival games, bounce houses and the haunted parking garage were all part of the evening’s events.

STEM Conversation with Thompson Ranch Elementary School

Water Resource Management Director Terry Lowe, Department Manager Warren Dancer and I met with Thompson Ranch Elementary School Assistant Principal Casey Kuhn on Monday, October 30, to discuss opportunities for the city to partner with Thompson Ranch with regards to their STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum.

Champs Family Automotive Citizen Outreach Meeting

Our Community Development Department hosted a Citizen Outreach meeting on Monday, October 30 at Champs Family Automotive, located at 13200 W. Foxfire in Surprise. The business is requesting approval of a Conditional Use Permit to allow for a major automotive repair facility on approximately 1.5 acres located north of Bell Road and east of Dysart Road.

Mountain View Cottages

I met with Community Development staff on Tuesday, October 31, to discuss the Mountain View Cottages proposed development and review the resident feedback pertaining to the project that was obtained at a Citizen Outreach meeting earlier this month.

The applicant is requesting a Major Amendment to the Park Place Planned Area Development (PAD). It will add specific development standards to allow for 112 single-story attached and detached rental units (one, two and three bedrooms) on approximately nine acres located on the southwest corner of Mountain View Boulevard and Carlin Drive. The proposed development would be gated with two entrances/exits; one on Mountain View Boulevard and the other on Carlin Drive, which the developer will cut through to Mountain View Boulevard as part of the development. A pool, pool house, play area and large landscaped retention area are part of the site plan. Rent is expected to range from $1,150 to $1,600 per month.

Mark Your Calendar

Council Joins Planning & Zoning for Joint Meeting

The Surprise City Council and Surprise Planning and Zoning Commission will conduct a joint meeting, Thursday, November 9, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., at Ottawa University’s Community Room. Councilmembers and Commissioners will discuss the city’s vision for a downtown, planned in the area surrounding the Civic Center, from Bell to Greenway roads and Litchfield Road to Bullard Avenue.

Will it be a walkable downtown? What kind of housing do you envision on site? Where do you like to shop, dine and be entertained?

The public is encouraged to attend and share their thoughts. The meeting will also be broadcast live on Surprise TV, and on Facebook Live @cityofsurprise.

This meeting is a next step discussion, following the September 28th Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Idea Accelerator Workshop. City officials, developers, and local business stakeholders participated in this seven-hour workshop to review best methods to address the issues associated with building the future downtown. Details from the workshop will be discussed at the joint meeting.

Ottawa University, 15959 N. Civic Center Plaza, is located just south of Surprise City Hall. Individuals needing reasonable accommodations, such as large print materials or interpreters, should contact the City Clerk’s office at 623.222.1200 (Voice); or 623.222.1002 (TTY) at least 24 hours prior to the event so arrangements can be made.

A Concert for our Veterans

Arizona Charter Academy is set to host “A Concert for our Veterans” on Thursday, November 9. Approximately 50 students will take the stage in the school’s gym to honor our nation’s heroes. The event will begin at 10 am. All veterans are invited to attend. A light breakfast will be served. If you plan on attending, please contact Rachael Crossman at to RSVP.

Veterans Day Events

Please join us in honoring our service men and women at the City of Surprise Veterans Day Parade and pancake breakfast on November 11.

The breakfast will be held 7-9 a.m. at Surprise Recreation Campus and will feature pancakes, choice of sausage or bacon, and breakfast refreshments. This year’s event will be catered by the popular local food truck, “The Puffy Taco Shack.” Tickets for the breakfast are $4 per plate and available for purchase at the Surprise Community and Recreation Services office, located at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. and will be routed along Bullard Avenue between Paradise Lane and Tierra Buena Lane. It will feature community entries honoring the men and women in uniform who have selflessly served our country.

Parking will be available for parade attendees at the Surprise Community Park, located at 15953 N Bullard Avenue. Please note in preparation for parade, Paradise Lane between Bullard Avenue and Buck O’Neil way will be closed at 9 a.m. and Bullard Avenue between Paradise Lane and Tierra Buena Lane will be closed at 9 a.m.

Following the parade, join us for the Surprise Police & Fire-Medical Charity Softball Game! This epic showdown between Surprise Police and Fire-Medical will be held at Surprise Stadium, 15930 N. Bullard Avenue. The gates will open after the completion of the Veterans Day Parade at approximately 10:30 a.m., and the game will start at 11:30 a.m. Admission is free. All proceeds from donations and raffles at this event will be donated to the Special Olympics of Arizona, the 100 Club, and the Marine Corps League!

Did You Know?

Surprise Wins Statewide Economic Development Awards

The City of Surprise Economic Development Department won two Golden Prospector awards at Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) fall conference. The AAED Golden Prospector awards encourage and recognize excellence in economic development statewide. Surprise received awards in the following categories:

  • Multimedia Promotion: Surprise Retail Survey. This category recognizes a promotional piece, series of promotional pieces or promotional campaign that contains non-printed elements. The Surprise Retail Survey was recognized as a promotion that truly engaged the community and established a targeted retail strategy for the City of Surprise to effectively reach nationally-branded retailers. The survey shows top local favorites as well as most desired retailers. Now in its third year, the retail survey initiative, which most recently had 3,171 respondents, has become a national case study and has helped Surprise successfully develop discussions with national retailers and attract some most-requested eateries, including Texas Roadhouse and Oregano’s.
  • Special Event: Tech the Halls. This category recognizes a meeting, seminar, marketing tour, event, or trip designed to develop prospects and promote economic development. The first-ever Tech the Halls event at the AZ TechCelerator was launched last year to connect local entrepreneurs with the Surprise community. The event offered a venue to help AZ TechCelerator tenants showcase their innovative companies and celebrate the program’s successes. Interactive activities included product demonstrations, a scavenger hunt, a selfie booth and live musical entertainment. The event will be held again this year on December 7 from 5-7 p.m. at the AZ TechCelerator, located at 12425 West Bell Road, and residents are encouraged to join the fun!

Julie Neal and Kendra Hoffman at the 2017 AAED Awards

Congratulations to the city of Surprise Economic Development team; and thank you to our residents whose participation in these programs helped make them so successful!

ADOT Pavement Improvement Project – Restrictions

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has begun a two-week project to improve pavement conditions on eastbound Grand Avenue northwest of Loop 303 in Surprise. Drivers should plan for lane restrictions, turn restrictions and lower speed limits between 163rd Avenue and Happy Valley Road during day and overnight hours through the evening of Wednesday, November 8.

Crews will remove and replace the top layer of asphalt in the two eastbound travel lanes and in the center turning areas onto Grand Avenue from Happy Valley Road to 163rd Avenue. Drivers should allow extra travel time and be prepared to use detours while the following restrictions are scheduled to be in place:

  • 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6:
    • At 163rd Avenue, drivers will be restricted to right turns only onto Grand Avenue. Drivers must travel westbound and turn around at the first cross over north of 163rd Avenue or at Deer Valley Road to access eastbound Grand Avenue. Allow extra travel time, especially during peak travel hours.
  • 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7 and Wednesday, Nov. 8:
    • Grand Avenue will be narrowed to one lane in each direction between Happy Valley and Deer Valley roads and the speed limit will be reduced to 45 mph.

The Northwest Valley Regional Landfill will remain accessible while work is underway, but drivers should allow extra travel time and follow signs for designated detour routes.

Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors. For more information, please call the ADOT Project Information Line at 855.712.8530 or email

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