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Local Area Infrastructure Plans (LAIPS)


 One of a city's functions is to plan for basic infrastructure such as water, sewer, streets, emergency access, and trails. Local area infrastructure plans help determine basic infrastructure at the neighborhood level.

These plans are drafted to address where water, sewer, streets, trails and emergency access should be located in areas of the city that were not built through a master planned community or subdivision.

For neighborhoods that are not master planned or subdivided, several city departments worked together to create coordinated infrastructure plans. These plans are referred to as Local Area Infrastructure Plans (LAIPS) and are designed to plan for neighborhood-specific infrastructure needs and to provide guidance for future development decisions.


These areas are often referred to as "metes and bounds" or un-subdivided areas. In Scottsdale, as in many Southwestern cities and towns, these facilities would have been provided by the developer had there been a master developer. LAIPS_Pic1


Local area infrastructure plans are one way the city can ensure that basic infrastructure is provided to all residents. While these plans have not been formally adopted by the City Council, they do serve as guides for city staff when reviewing development proposals, land divisions and single family home construction.



LAIPS_Pic2Local Area Infrastructure Plan Goals

  • Coordinate streets, water and sewer, trails, etc. so they are not planned independently of one another.
  • Create a design that establishes balance between accessibility and access control and builds only the streets that are needed to serve each parcel.
  • Coordinate utility and public access improvement locations to reduce long-term costs and minimize neighborhood disruption.
  • Provide predictability for budgeting and maintenance.
  • Provide consistency in decision making while allowing for informed site decisions that would alter the plans.
  • Increase public awareness about what may happen in your neighborhood regarding infrastructure.
  • Provide property owners with consistent information regarding planned service infrastructure as it relates to their property.

How do I know if my home is affected?

To provide as much detail as possible, Scottsdale is divided into five general areas that are affected by LAIPS. Below is a list of the five areas and the approximate boundaries for each area - north, south, east and west. Each of the five areas has been divided into smaller, easier to see sub-areas. 

Each area link below provides a list of each area’s sub-area. For your convenience, you can view or download each sub-area map.


Whisper Rock (Stagecoach Pass to Lone Mountain roads, Hayden to Pima roads)

East Shea (Shea Boulevard to Doubletree Ranch Road, 120th Street to 133rd Way)

Dynamite Foothills (Lone Mountain to Deer Valley roads, Alma School Road to 136th Street)

Desert Highlands (Jomax to Pinnacle Peak roads, 80th Place to Alma School Road)

Desert Foothills (Ashler Hills to Jomax roads, 56th to 90th streets)


Remember, if you currently live in a master-planned community or sub-division, you are not affected by LAIPS. If your home or property is affected by LAIPS, you will receive a letter in the mail from the city of Scottsdale.

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Phil Kercher
Traffic Engineering Manager