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Summary of the Protection of Archaeological Resources Ordinance

The Protection of Archaeological Resources Ordinance:

  • formalizes the City’s commitment to identify and protect, and recover when necessary, significant archaeological resources on public and private projects in Scottsdale;
  • adds a new article to Chapter 46 of the City Code dealing with Archaeological Resources, since the standards are not tied to a specific zoning district but apply to any development;
  • sets up procedures for identifying and preserving significant archaeological resources Citywide (note: currently surveys are only required within ESL overlay, generally north of the CAP Canal);
  • defines criteria to determine which sites are significant and focuses on protecting significant sites in place and/or mitigating development impacts on significant sites
  • Provides several exemptions from being required to complete surveys and reports to provide for a smoother transition from current to new procedures, including

1. One house on a single family lot.

2. Non-residential (commercial, office, hotel, etc.) development disturbing less than 1 acre.

3. Utility installations, linear projects, under 1000’ long.

4. Projects on land where over half the land was previously built-upon;

5. Previously approved and pending projects such as building permits and projects with Development Review Board (DRB) approvals; and,

6. Approved master plans and approved development/redevelopment agreements with provisions on archaeology.

  • provides for staff approvals of a Certificate of No Effect if development will not impact any identified significant archaeological sites; and,
  • Sets up procedures for the preparation and implementation of a mitigation plan by the applicant when the development will impact a significant archaeological site.