Frequently Asked Questions

The City of Scottsdale has specific requirements for community notification to ensure opportunities for community awareness/input. The type and extent of this notice is dependent on the type of project being considered. Because you know your neighborhood best, we want to hear from you about the potential impacts of a proposed project.

Who can Comment?

Anyone! Residents, students, employees and business owners - anyone who feels they might be impacted by a proposed project.  

Why Solicit Community Input?

The city recognizes that residents and people who work, travel, or recreate in Scottsdale have unique knowledge about the character of the areas in which they live and work. You may not be an expert in planning, design or development, but the history or other perceptions you can provide can help ensure a safer, more livable and sustainable community. The purpose of collecting comments is to help the city identify potential concerns and find workable solutions within the legal limits established by city and state laws. 

Can I Make a Difference?

Absolutely! Neighbors who had witnessed dumping on a vacant lot helped to identify and avoid a potential problem on a new housing proposal. Community comments on more than one project have prompted the applicant to return to the drawing board and propose modifications or a completely new plan that addresses neighborhood concerns. What makes a difference are comments that are directly related to the specific project, that recognize how much of the problem is caused by the project, and that propose reasonable solutions for consideration. 

What Kinds of Comments can be Taken Into Consideration?

There are specific issues that the city is required to take into account when making decisions, and others which cannot be considered.  

How Can I Provide Effective Input? 

  • Although the quantity of letters may indicate the extent of neighborhood or agency interest, it is the relevance of the comments - the information they contain - that will most affect a project's outcome.
  • Briefly explain who you are and why you are interested in the project
  • State your comments/concerns clearly and succinctly using objective language
  • Comment only on issues relevant to the decision being made
  • State opinions and preferences, ask questions, and propose alternative solutions to particular issues. State informed opinions and, where possible, include data/background to support your opinion
  • Review the project's technical reports/case file analysis, comment on conclusions, assumptions and the data collecting methods
  • Keep focused on your objective. You want the city to hear your comments/concerns and be compelled to respond or investigate further
  • Identify the topics you want to include in your letter/input and how you want to organize them
  • Ask for studies you think are important but have not been provided
  • Identify project features that you like and think should not be changed
  • Provide any comments about the project's compliance with city regulations

How Can Comments Be Made for a Specific Project?

Please call Current Planning at 480-312-7000 or e-mail to provide comments on a specific project. Getting your comments in early to the Board of Adjustment, Planning Commission, Development Review Board, and City Council is the best way to ensure that decision makers know of your concerns and have time to carefully consider them before a decision is made.

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