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Old Town Specialty District Guidelines

(Downtown Scottsdale)

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Records Counter at 7447 E Indian School Road, Ste 105.

About Downtown

What is it?

The Old Town Special District Guidelines are a subsection of the Downtown Urban Design and Architectural Guidelines. These special district guidelines provide the urban design objectives and delineate the desirable, conditionally acceptable, and unacceptable specific design guidelines for the Old Town Special District area.

City Council approved - 1986, rev. 2004

Thumbnail_OldTownWhere does it apply?

The Old Town Special District area is generally bounded by Scottsdale Road to the west, Indian School Road to the north, Brown Avenue to the east, and 2nd Street to the south.

Who needs to use it?

City staff, and applicants involved in new development, infill or revitalization projects located in the Old Town Special District area.

Why was it developed?

Downtown's special districts are an important part of Scottsdale's history and a unique attraction to both residents and visitors. New development in these districts must respect the existing scale and character of neighboring buildings and must contribute to the urban design goals of its district location.

Key Points:

  1. Maintain the frontier town "western" image of Old Town.
  2. Preserve the present fine-grain pattern, pedestrian scale, and active building frontages that are essential to Old Town's success as a specialty retail district.
  3. Emphasize the covered walkway system as a unifying element on Old Town streets.
  4. Reinforce the frontier image of Old Town's architecture with carefully placed landscaping of an arid character.
  5. Desirable building materials include: wood siding - board and batten, lap, shiplap, tongue and groove. Opaque or semi-transparent earth tone colors with light accent options. Flat finish. Stucco, stone or brick may be used below sill height. Preferred color for stucco is light earth tone.
  6. Desirable details: hitching posts, benches, lamp posts, earthen pots, watering tanks, swinging doors, and other 'western' details.
  7. Desirable covered walkway form is the roof supported by post and beam structure.
  8. Exterior decorative lighting should be of western theme with incandescent or halide lamps preferred.
  9. Desirable roof forms are gable or flat roof with false front or parapet.
  10. Apparent building and storefront width maximum is 50 feet. Provide at least one storefront entrance for every 30 feet of building width.

References and related documents:

Download printable Old Town Specialty District policy card  (pdf / 673 kb / 1 pg)