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Scottsdale’s General Plan 2014 process kicks off with Visioning Town Hall

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   Feb. 1, 2013

 
   Contact:  Erin Perreault, Long Range Planning Manager,
                 480-312-7093 or eperreault@ScottsdaleAZ.gov


  General Plan 2014 process kicks off with Visioning Town Hall

 

Scottsdale’s General Plan 2014 process will soon take shape when 100 stakeholders gather to craft a community vision statement.

These citizens will meet for the Visioning Scottsdale Town Hall during three half-day sessions on Feb. 6, 7 and 11.

The City Council approved a contract in December with the nonprofit Arizona Town Hall organization to put together the Visioning Scottsdale Town Hall. In addition to facilitating conversation, the organization administered the application process to ensure that a broad, cross-section of the community was selected to participate. Approximately 300 people applied to participate in the Town Hall.

“Participants were selected through a process focused on ensuring that a broad range of different stakeholders were represented with a specific focus on geographical balance,” said Tara Jackson, Arizona Town Hall president.

The 100 selected participants represent a variety of backgrounds. About 20 percent are retired, 58 percent are between ages 41 to 65, and one participant is over age 90. The participants are also equally divided among different geographic areas of Scottsdale — north, central and south.

Crafting a draft vision statement through the Town Hall process is just the starting point. There will be significant opportunities for widespread citizen involvement as the General Plan process moves forward, culminating in a possible public vote in November 2014.

One such opportunity will be at a Feb. 21 communitywide meeting where citizens can react to and comment on the draft vision statement. The open house will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Mountain View Community Center, 8625 E. Mountain View Road in Scottsdale.

To learn more about Scottsdale’s General Plan 2014 process, visit: www.ScottsdaleGP.com.