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Southern Scottsdale Character Area Plan

Adopted Plan & Related Documents

SoSco_LogoSouthern Scottsdale Character Area Plan
Adopted October 26, 2010

City Council Staff Report - October 26, 2010 (pdf/241kb/16pp)



Project Background

CAPSouthernThe City of Scottsdale adopted the Southern Scottsdale Character Area Plan on
October 26, 2010. The area encompasses approximately 14 square miles of the southernmost portion of the city and is bordered by Phoenix and Paradise Valley to the west, Tempe to the south, and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community to the east.  The area contains approximately 30% of Scottsdale’s population.  Most of the housing stock and commercial facilities in this area are 30-50 years old, making it important to preserve and protect these neighborhoods while still moving towards tomorrow.


The Southern Scottsdale Character Area includes ten public schools, three community facilities, and numerous churches. The award - winning Indian Bend Wash runs for six miles through the center of the Character Area and provides a continuous chain of lakes, parks, golf courses, ball fields and pedestrian-bike paths.  Substantial employment development is located along many of the major thoroughfares; most notably the well-established automotive sales business along the Motor Mile between Scottsdale Road – 64th Street and on McDowell Road, and the new SkySong, Arizona State University Scottsdale Innovation Center at Scottsdale Road and McDowell Road.

The Southern Scottsdale Character Area Plan is an area - specific policy document that will be incorporated into and used to update the city’s General Plan by 2011, as well as be used to begin implementation of the community’s goals for the area. 

Planning Process

The planning process for the Southern Scottsdale Community Area Plan is comprised of five phases.

Phase I: Visioning & Data Gathering
In the initial stages of the process, related studies, plans, policies and regulations are reviewed; existing conditions are reviewed; an inter-departmental technical advisory group is organized; and future conditions are projected.  In this phase, extensive public outreach is initiated. 

May -
September 2008


Phase II: Data Analysis
This phase involves the development of a background report that examines all of the current conditions in the area. 

October -
December 2008


Phase III: Draft Plan
In this phase all of the information gathered to date is compiled and a draft plan is created based upon that data and public input.

June 2009 - April 2010


Phase IV: Final Plan
Phase IV includes revisions to the plan based upon community, elected official and professional input. 

 April 2010 - June 2010


Phase V: Adoption
The Community Area Plan will begin a formal adoption process in 2010, including public hearings with the Planning Commission and City Council.

 June 2010 - October 2010


Phase VI: Implementation

November 2010 - Ongoing





Community Outreach Results

Cafe Exercises - October 14 and 29, 2008:

Cafe Exercises Summary (pdf/35kb/6pp)

Business and Property Owners' Focus Group - July 24, August 7, 21 and September 11, 2008:

Business and Property Owners' Focus Group Summary (pdf/31kb/5pp)

Online Survey April 2008 to December 2008:

Online Survey Summary (pdf/28kb/3pp)

Vision Themes and Priorities Workshop - May 7 & 8, 2008

Themes and Priorities Workshop Summary (pdf/278kb/6pp)

Vision Week: March 26 – March 29, 2008
Vision Week Summary (pdf/812kb/14pp)



Email: generalplan@scottsdaleaz.gov

Ross Cromarty, PhD, Project Coordination Liaison
Phone: 480-312-7918

Erin Perreault, AICP, Long Range Planning Manager
Phone: 480-312-7093

Planning and Development Services

Phone: 480-312-7800
Fax: 480-312-7088

7447 E. Indian School Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85251