McDowell Sonoran Preserve Ordinance
Where is the full policy?
Scottsdale Revised Code - Chapter 21
City of Scottsdale Preservation Office
The Guidelines may be viewed at the Planning and Design Library at the Community Design Studio, 7506 E Indian School Road.
What is it?
The McDowell Sonoran Preserve ordinance formally established the Preserve and the McDowell Sonoran Preserve Commission, and added rules to the code that the City needs to regulate the users of the Preserve and protect the resources in the Preserve. The McDowell Sonoran Preserve Commission and its Planning Committee prepared the rules in consultation with user groups and other open space management agencies.
City Council adopted - May 2000
Where does it apply?
The provisions in Chapter 21 apply exclusively to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
Who needs to use it?
City Council, the McDowell Sonoran Preserve Commission, volunteer groups such as the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, and anyone who uses the Preserve. City staff, especially City police officers, can use the adopted rules for enforcement.
Why was it developed?
The ordinance adds to the code many of the rules that the McDowell Sonoran Preserve Commission and its Planning Committee took years to prepare. It also consolidates City policies, standards, and procedures for the Preserve in one location, Chapter 21 of the code.
- Chapter 21 establishes the Preserve, describes the purposes of the Preserve, and identifies ten management objectives.
- Chapter 21 establishes the McDowell Sonoran Preserve Commission, defines its purpose, powers and duties, and makes it an eleven-member commission.
- Thirty-two general rules for users are defined and all users must comply with these rules.
- Preserve users are required to stay on the trails and no motorized vehicles are permitted in the Preserve beyond the access areas.
- Chapter 21 authorizes the Preserve Director to issue permits and set up procedures for permits for special activities in the Preserve, such as educational classes or scientific research.
- Ongoing coordination with adjacent regional open space destinations is required for the rules to work effectively. Adjacent jurisdictions include Maricopa County’s McDowell Mountain Regional Park, the National Forest Service’s Tonto National Forest, and Fountain Hills McDowell Mountain Preserve.
- Penalties are prescribed for violators.
References and related documents:
- City of Scottsdale General Plan (2001)
- Recommended Study Boundaries for the McDowell Sonoran Preserve map
- Trail System Master Plan (2004)
- McDowell Sonoran Preserve Conceptual Trails Plan (rev. 2005)
- Voter Approved Proposition 411 (November 3, 1998)
- Vision 2010: Parks Master Plan (1998)
- Desert Open Space System Plan (1997)
- Recommended Desert Open Space System Standards (1997)
- McDowell Mountains Task Force Report of Recommendations (1993)
Download printable McDowell Sonoran Preservation Ordinance policy card
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