City of Surprise Sharon Wolcott

16000 North Civic Center Plaza • Surprise, AZ. 85374 • 623.222.1420

For Immediate Release

Sun rising on Surprise Center
Proposed agreement with Phoenix gives Surprise authority to lift development restrictions at Surprise Center
agreement transferred ownership to Surprise and SCDC. In order to protect Luke Air Force Base, whose planes overfly the property, the agreement prohibited venues offering overnight stays, such as hotels, hospitals or apartments, a restriction Phoenix has enforced.

In December of 2012, Luke officials expressed understanding of Surprise’s interest in moving forward with talks to lift the restrictions.

The agreement approved by Surprise tonight gives the city authority to remove restrictions and when it does so, to collect and remit to Phoenix an agreed upon per-acre amount by which the land value is increased when the restrictions are lifted. That amount is set in the agreement at $30,000 per acre, subject to regular review and revision.

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“This gives us the flexibility to encourage the type of development our General Plan and our residents are calling for at Surprise Center,” said Wolcott, “It also assures that Phoenix is compensated for the value created when restrictions are lifted.”

Surprise and Phoenix also agree that Surprise will work to acquire releases and easements permitting the Air Force to operate unimpeded in the skies above the property in perpetuity, and removing the Air Force from liability for any damages related to over flight, except damage caused by a falling plane or dropped objects. “That is our rock solid guarantee that these skies will always welcome our Air Force friends, who are such an important part of our community,” Wolcott added.

The agreement also allows Surprise to secure easements or pay for an initial release of acreage by the city of Phoenix.

Another provision states that a property owner seeking to have restrictions lifted on Surprise Center property can convey land to Phoenix adjacent to Luke or in the crash zone north of the base, and if Phoenix accepts the land, the owner will be excused from paying the per-acre fee at Surprise Center. Improving the buffer around Luke is a “priority” for Phoenix, according to the agreement.

(December 17, 2013) A landmark agreement striking a balance between protecting Luke Air Force Base and encouraging the development of Surprise Center was approved unanimously by the Surprise City Council Tuesday.

The agreement between Surprise and the City of Phoenix must also be approved by the Phoenix City Council, which is set to vote Wednesday.

The agreement will transfer from Phoenix to Surprise the authority to lift development restrictions on more than 500 acres around the City Hall campus, a square mile bounded by Greenway and Bell, Litchfield and Bullard roads known as Surprise Center. Ownership of the land is divided among Surprise and private owners, mainly Surprise Center Development Corporation (SCDC).

“We have struck a crucial balance that will benefit our community and our regional partners for years to come,” said Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott. “This agreement helps protect and preserve Luke Air Force Base while boosting our development of Surprise Center as a true downtown core.”

In 1999, Phoenix owned the property, then an unused Luke Air Force Base emergency airfield known as Aux 3. That year, a land exchange and settlement

Web site March 2007

As you all know, I recently started a news and political web site. It was, and is, my intention to inform the citizens of Surprise of current events, decisions made by the Surprise City Council and the happenings within our city government.

 Citizens call for accountability Donna Weekley, surprise As presented at the City Council meeting last night, 3/08/07

With all of the money we have collected on fee’s and taxation, this council has spent our money, starting with the stadium without any input from the citizens.This city council is now preparing to borrow money for their pet projects and delaying the repairing of Bell Rd.

Read the audit The city’s chief financial officer, Scott McCarty, could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.

A citizen wanted to comment on expenditures but was not allowed to .

Stadium Parking

When I was on the City Council I tried to convince other council members, city manager and staff that we had to save enough parking space for the stadium. I was told that they had checked it out, that we had more then enough and if not, we could always park on the grass. I told them we should save the corner of Parkview and Greenway for parking, but was over-ruled. I hope they are proven correct and that I was wrong.

Honorable Mayor Mayor Joan Shafer

It seems highly unusual that the court can now hire high paid, associate and pro-tem judges without the approval of the City Council. I understand they do not work under a contract, even our part time lawyers have a contract. When I was on the Council the court had to get our approval to hire security officers. Thank you….Bob 3/13/07 no reply

 I have had discussions with both the City manager and AC manager, about my concerns about the engineering department.

, I know that to have an effective engineering department you must have a qualified staff, such as engineers and inspectors that are employed by the city on a permanent basis.

Do any of us know what we have payed, in engineering consultants? We now pay what they call pre-construction consultants. Who I am told by staff verifies that what we receive from the architect is viable, one contract recently was for almost $700,000. A council member took this off the consent items but did not receive the right answer

 Tennis Court At the council meeting last night, March 22,2007 I made the point that the city started this project with $4,710,000. After the first contract that was for $1,247,656 they had a balance of $3,051,524.17. Where did $410,829,17 go. Councilman Joe Johnson told me “MONEY IS GONE”. City official told me that the money is accountable for, I cannot verify this.

 Original Townsite 1/18/07

The 10% slush fund can now be used for the revitalization in any part of the city.



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B.3  says, The following officers appointed by the mayor and city council.

Must these officers be appointed by them or can they, under common council law delegate this authority to the city manager by ordinance?

As I read the statute, the operative work is shall, so it seems as though it must be the mayor and city council. I will consult with staff attorneys on Monday to confirm.

Our staff attorney who specializes in cities and counties has confirmed that my original interpretation was correct and the appointments must bemade by the mayor and city council.

01/31/2008  5:42:00 PM

Bill Pupo, By Doug Cook, Special to the Review Tuesday, January 15, 2008 Contact the reporter at

The 54-year-old Pupo, who has spent 31 years in city and/or town management, including stops in Spokane, Wash., and Surprise, Ariz., announced his decision to the CV Town Council during a Thursday night executive session.

Pupo leaves Chino Valley after four years as manager. He started his government career in Spokane,  In March 2000, the Surprise City Council appointed Pupo as its city manager. In June 2003, the Surprise City Council voted against renewing Pupo’s contract and he left for Chino Valley shortly thereafter.

In October, Pupo signed a new annual contract with Chino Valley. He was to earn $139,205 – one of the higher salaries for a town manager in Arizona towns of 10,000 to 49,999 residents.