Environmental Planning

Scottsdale’s current Preservation & Environmental Planning Element (PDF/2.2mb/13pps) was ratified as part of the City of Scottsdale General Plan 2001. The Scottsdale General Plan 2014 Task Force members utilized this document to create the Draft Environmental Planning Element (PDF/317kb/5pps) that will be incorporated into the draft SGP2014. This survey serves as means for you to give your input on the draft Environmental Planning Element.

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Draft Environmental Planning Element
Please read the Environmental Planning Element Introduction and Goals and Policies below, then rate and/or comment on each.
INTRODUCTION Scottsdale is first and foremost a Sonoran Desert community, and citizens have long recognized that the unique and delicate desert environment is a valuable asset for community health, character, economic vitality and quality of life. (NEW)
The city’s natural environment includes both the ecological systems that sustain Sonoran vegetation and wildlife, as well as other elements that provide clean air and water, protect the community from hazards, and create a naturally beautiful and enjoyable setting. (NEW)
Without careful planning, healthy natural systems will face challenges resulting from regional population growth, urban development and everyday life. This element provides guidance for protecting and enhancing the quality of Scottsdale’s natural and human habitats for future generations. (NEW)
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GOAL EP 1. Protect and enhance Scottsdale’s human and Sonoran Desert habitats.
POLICIES EP 1.1 Retain Scottsdale’s Sonoran Desert aesthetic values and heritage.
EP 1.2 Preserve the unique, rare and significant features of Scottsdale’s natural environment, including but not limited to, boulders, major washes, canals, native plants, and mountains, and educate landowners on their preservation options.
EP 1.3 Require developments to retain and integrate the Sonoran Desert ecosystem, where appropriate.
EP 1.4 Preserve local plants, wildlife, and natural resources to maintain the biodiversity and long-term sustainability of the area’s ecology.
EP 1.5 Integrate environmental quality protection into all phases of local planning, policy and development.
EP 1.6 (NEW) Promote the long-term management and maintenance of urban vegetation to reduce the heat island effect and to maximize environmental, quality of life, and other benefits to the community.
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GOAL EP 2. (NEW) Foster community stewardship and a sense of personal responsibility for the natural environment.
POLICIES EP 2.1 Implement innovative policies and practices that support the city’s leadership in environmental affairs.
EP 2.2 (NEW) Educate and inform the community of the significance and fragility of the Sonoran Desert environment and the city’s environmental protection efforts.
EP 2.3 (NEW) Support and encourage individuals and community groups to maintain and enhance environmental features and landscapes.
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GOAL EP 3 Promote local and regional efforts to improve air quality.
POLICIES EP 3.1 Reduce automobile emissions through traffic management, mobility system improvements, promotion of alternative modes, such as ridesharing and bicycling, and use of alternative fuels.
EP 3.2 Reduce emissions from city fleet vehicles.
EP 3.3 Actively participate in regional air quality improvement discussions and decisions regarding coordination and funding.
EP 3.4 Encourage migration to, and expand the city’s use of, clean fuel alternatives to achieve and exceed regional clean air goals.
EP 3.5 Comply with regional air quality standards.
EP 3.6 (NEW) Seek to reduce activities that contribute to air pollution during High Wind Exceptional Event episodes, No Wood Burning Days, High Ozone Days, and other significant air pollution events.
EP 3.7 (NEW) Reduce the community’s contribution to regional dust and particulate air pollution created by man-made sources, such as construction, maintenance equipment, vacant lots, unpaved parking areas, and vehicles.
EP 3.8 Minimize non-indigenous vegetation that contributes to substantial air-borne pollen.
EP 3.9 Incentivize the use of clean alternative fuels by requiring preferred parking for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles in new development and supporting the development of electrical recharge and clean-fuel refilling stations throughout the community.
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GOAL EP 4. Maximize resource recovery and reuse, and promote recycling and use of recycled, recyclable, and renewable materials.
POLICIES EP 4.1 Maintain and expand upon citywide recycling programs, particularly in tourist areas, commercial businesses, multi-family residential uses, and public spaces.
EP 4.2 Encourage public and private establishments to minimize waste generation and establish effective programs for waste reduction and the reuse and recycling of resources.
EP 4.3 Expand demand and develop markets for recycled materials.
EP 4.4 (NEW) Whenever possible and appropriate, use paperless media and limit the use of hard copy materials for city programs and projects, such as board and commission reports, public notifications and dissemination of city documents.
EP 4.5 (NEW) Encourage the recycling and/or reuse of building materials to reduce waste resulting from redevelopment and new construction.
EP 4.6 (NEW) Support efforts to establish policies and regulations to minimize waste generation regionally.
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GOAL EP 5. Encourage environmentally sound, high-performance buildings and low-impact site plans that support sustainable desert living.
POLICIES EP 5.1 Protect and enhance the natural desert elements of all development sites.
EP 5.2 Strive to use low-impact development strategies and stormwater management techniques, SUCH AS green DRAINAGE infrastructure, when appropriate.
EP 5.3 (NEW) Promote the creation of a durable and sustainable building stock using green building principles that are appropriate for the desert environment.
EP 5.4 (NEW) Promote creative passive solar site and building design strategies that recognize and respond to the Sonoran Desert climate.
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GOAL EP 6. Meet or surpass all applicable water quality standards for domestic, commercial, and industrial uses.
POLICIES EP 6.1 Continue to provide a safe and healthy environment for community members through the use of appropriate water and wastewater treatment processes, while managing the integrity of the water distribution system and wastewater collection system.
EP 6.2 Ensure that Scottsdale drinking water continues to meet or surpass all Federal Environmental Protection Agency standards and plans for future regulatory requirements by updating or adding necessary treatment technologies to existing facilities.
EP 6.3 Maintain the Industrial Pretreatment Program to ensure businesses and industries comply with city, state, and federal regulations to protect publicly owned wastewater collection and treatment systems.
EP 6.4 Partner with public agencies and private citizens to research improvements for water quality regulations, water conservation efforts, and possible solutions for other water quality issues.
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GOAL EP 7. (NEW) Identify and reduce heat islands.
POLICIES EP 7.1 (NEW) Identify areas most impacted by the heat island effect and create strategies to mitigate such effects.
EP 7.2 (NEW) Incorporate “cool materials” and development strategies that will reduce the heat island effect in the public realm.
EP 7.3 (NEW) Develop and support programs, such as shade and tree plans, that increase and maintain vegetation and shading in areas of high pedestrian activity.
EP 7.4 (NEW) Educate the community on heat-island reduction measures.
EP 7.5 Use landscaping and stabilizing paving materials other than black asphalt to reduce the heat island effect and reduce need for cooling fuel use.
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