Archaeological Requirements

PURPOSE: Since some master planned and other projects in Scottsdale completed archaeology surveys as an ESL requirement prior to August 1991, the archaeology survey reports were not reviewed according to current ordinance standards and there is no signed Certificate of No Effect. Therefore this review process was developed to ensure ordinance compliance for new applications on land within larger developments.

SCOPE OF PROCEDURE: The intent of this process is to review development project applications that are within larger approved project areas for their compliance with the city’s archaeology ordinance requirements. The procedure applies to projects on land within larger projects that have previously submitted an archaeology survey to the City of Scottsdale to meet local requirements. The procedures apply to: 1. Rezonings, use permits and development review board (DRB) applications, including plats, within master planned developments, and 2. Development applications for pads or parcels within a larger property (20 acres or larger property).

SUBMITTAL REQUIREMENTS: Applicants for projects on land that is part of a larger project should submit map(s) and text with their application submittal as follows:

1. Proof that an archaeology report was previously submitted and/or approved (Submit a copy of the prior report or a copy of the approved Certificate of No Effect)

2. Map showing the current project location within the total land area covered by the prior archaeology report.

3. Map clearly identifying within the current project area any significant or potentially significant surveyed sites and any recorded archaeological sites with their AZSite or other reference number.

4. If there are significant, potentially significant or recorded sites within the project area, a narrative describing how the recorded site(s) will be impacted by the proposed development and describing any measures that will be taken to protect the site(s), such as placing the site in an Natural Area Open Space (NAOS) or conservation easement.

CITY REVIEW OF SUBMITTAL: The Preservation Division is responsible for managing the archaeology review process. The purpose of the review will be to determine the following:

1. Where the current project is located within the larger project land area and if there are any recorded sites on the development parcel.

2. What measures are proposed to protect any sites on the development parcel and whether the proposed measures are adequate to satisfy ordinance requirements.

3. If a significant recorded site will be impacted by the project, are a Mitigation Plan and a Certificate of Approval now required to comply with the ordinance?

Note: A Mitigation Plan or any additional work will not be required if the larger project area already has an approved Certificate of No Effect.

The applicant can satisfy the archaeology requirements if the larger area has a Certificate of No Effect, if there are no recorded sites located on the project and if there are no impacts from the project on archaeological resources. If the protection measures proposed are inadequate and/or the project will have an impact on significant or potentially significant archaeological resources, the applicant will be asked for additional information and will generally be asked to prepare and implement a Mitigation Plan to meet the archaeology requirements that took effect in August 1991.