Scottsdale Update - Aug. 28, 2023

Aug. 28, 2023


Most city offices and facilities are closed Monday, Sept. 4, for Labor Day. Trash and recycling collection will not be affected. Place your containers in their typical spot by 5 a.m. the day of collection or the night before. 

In addition, the Scottsdale Trolley will not run Monday. Valley Metro bus, light rail and streetcar services will run on their Sunday schedules. 

We will issue Scottsdale Update Tuesday, Sept. 5. 

Scottsdale City Council approves water exchange partnership with the city of Tucson. Scottsdale could exchange up to 5,000 acre-feet of Scottsdale’s Central Arizona Project (CAP) water annually for credits that will be redeemed during shortages. Here’s how the agreement works:

  • Scottsdale will store a portion of its CAP water at Tucson’s storage and recovery facility; this earns Scottsdale long-term storage credits. 

  • Tucson can recover this physical water from its facility and use it as needed within the city of Tucson. 

  • In exchange for Tucson using the physical water, Scottsdale will retrieve a portion of Tucson’s CAP supply directly out of the canal for use within Scottsdale. 

The partnership agreement arose out of a need to escalate more efficient water supply resources between cities. Tucson is executing a similar agreement with several other Valley cities. Read more.

Scottsdale is leading efforts to reclaim neighborhoods from short-term rentals. The city has delivered three proposals aimed at curtailing the proliferation of short-term rentals to the Arizona League of Cities and Towns. Scottsdale is confident it will become part of the league’s legislative agenda for the 2024 session of the Arizona Legislature. The League of Arizona Cities and Towns is a collaborative organization that represents the interests of about 90 local governments around the state. 

Scottsdale’s proposals will be heard by the Resolutions Committee at the league’s annual conference Tuesday, Aug. 29. These proposals ask the Arizona Legislature to amend state law so that local governments can:

  • Cap the total number of short-term rentals in their community

  • Limit the density of short-term rentals in specified areas

  • Establish separation requirements between short-term rentals

Each proposal is designed to return the quality of life that Scottsdale neighborhoods enjoyed before the city’s previous ban on short-term rentals was pre-empted by the legislature. Learn more about short-term/vacation rentals in Scottsdale.

Scottsdale Civic Center improvements earn prestigious state and regional awards. The Arizona Parks & Recreation Association (APRA) and Engineering News-Record Southwest recognized the renovation of this voter-approved 2019 bond election project -- the community's signature special event and public gathering space. APRA's “Outstanding Facility” award recognizes the Scottsdale Civic Center as the state's best newly constructed facility of 2023 for populations of more than 100,000. The publication ENR Southwest also announced Scottsdale Civic Center as the best “Landscape/Urban Development” project in the region, which includes Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico. Parks & Recreation Magazine, the official publication of the National Recreation and Park Association, also featured the urban desert park in a recent issue. 

September is National Preparedness Month. Create a plan that outlines each family member’s responsibilities in case of an emergency. Make a “Go Kit,” which can include food and water, medication, money, contact information and locations to meet. Visit for details. More information:

  • The city’s Street Operations division activates a 24/7 on-call program to respond to storm-related damage on streets and washes. Streets crews are part of Scottsdale’s Emergency Response team and work alongside Parks and Recreation and Facilities Management to remove trees and debris from roads and out of the city’s right-of-way. Help everyone get home safely - do not drive around “Road Closed” signs and do not enter barricaded storm clean-up areas. When in doubt, wait it out! 

  • Discover better alternatives to sandbags for flood control. Flood diversion tubes act much like sandbags to block floodwaters from entering homes. The tubes are easy to place and weigh little until filled with water. Any common garden hose attaches, making the flood diversion barrier simple to fill. Other options include transportable flood fence barriers and water absorbent cushions. Residents whose properties are subject to seasonal flooding are encouraged to explore these alternatives to sandbags through local hardware stores and online retailers. 

Second responders get their own day of recognition Friday, Sept. 1. They may not be first on the scene, but their work has lasting, life-saving results. Second responders provide support to individuals and families in the wake of a crisis, including access to safe shelter and housing, employment, food and other community resources. Find resources.


Get a head start learning about city issues, projects and activities by attending or listening in on the many public meetings we host. Here’s what’s coming up: 

Learn about the responsibilities of city Boards and Commissions and how you can serve. 


Discover a variety of sewing, quilting, needle-art and craft supplies at the Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival. Ignite your passion, gather inspiration and find everything you need to bring your projects to life. In addition, you can participate “Make and Take” workshops or free educational seminars. The festival takes place Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, at WestWorld. Get more information.

Saddle up for the Arizona Black Rodeo, one of the largest and most popular African American cultural and educational events. The event features bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, ranch bronc riding, steer undecorating, ladies barrel racing and breakaway, junior barrels … and so much more. Other entertainment includes Spanky the Rodeo Clown, grand entry presentations with character re-enactments and lots of good old-fashioned grit and gumption. Three shows are available: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1; and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, at WestWorld. Learn more and buy tickets.

Enjoy a blast from the past at Rewind ‘80s Night. This family event will transport you back in time to the beloved decade of neon colors, big hair and unforgettable memories. Groove to the electrifying beats of live music, show off your best moves at our neon dance party, and stroll through a vintage market and a retro arcade. The event also features food trucks and a cocktail garden. The fun runs from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, at Scottsdale Civic Center. Free admission.


Get more events information


Mayor’s “We the People” Constitution Day Contest showcases American pride; offers prizes and praise for winning entries. Mayor David D. Ortega is hosting a Constitution Day Contest to commemorate the Sept. 17, 1797, signing of the U. S. Constitution. Compose an essay; create a piece of art in any medium; write, perform and video an original song or act; or produce a podcast. Prizes will be awarded in different categories for various age groups. The submission deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29. Learn more.

Get an inside look at all aspects of Scottsdale Water through the citizen academy. The city's water utility is one of the most advanced municipal water systems in the country, and you have a chance to learn why. Participants must be able to commit to five consecutive Wednesday evenings starting Sept. 13. Learn more.  


Investing in Our Scottsdale: Scottsdale Fire Department Training Center. Thanks to a voter-approved bond, construction is moving forward on a modern facility that will allow firefighters to train for a vast array of emergencies in the region. It will include:

  • A four-to-five-story Class A burn training tower.

  • A one-to-three-story basic skills building in a strip mall concept.

  • An outside skills area that will include hazardous materials, technical rescue, firefighting and aircraft rescue props.

  • An 8,000-10,000-square-foot-building that will include a large conference room, breakout rooms, a locker room, bathrooms, a physical fitness room, administrative offices, a full kitchen and two apparatus bays. 

Completion is expected January 2025. Watch now.

Drivers – heads up: Shea Boulevard paving project runs Sept. 5-25. Work takes place along Shea Boulevard between Scottsdale Road and 96th Street during overnight hours, 9 p.m.-5 a.m., Monday-Friday. One lane of travel in each direction and business access will remain. Visit the pavement preservation webpage for more information. 

Know where your trash/recycling container goes. If you live on a residential street, place your containers on the curb line for collection. Leave at least four feet between your bin and surrounding cars, mailboxes or other bins.

If you live on a major street, like Shea Boulevard or Hayden Road, placing your container in the road for collection would be a significant safety hazard, so your best option is to place your container at the edge of your driveway, where it meets the sidewalk, but does not block the path for pedestrians. Sidewalks and bike lanes are identified as “clear zones” in Scottsdale and cannot be obstructed for any reason.

Place your containers out no later than 5 a.m. on your collection day.

Job of the Week: Police Records Supervisor. The successful candidate plans, organizes and supervises the employees involved in the maintenance and administration of police records. Benefits include 12 paid holidays; sick leave; medical, dental and vision benefits; tuition reimbursement; participation in Arizona State Retirement System; and more. Learn more and apply.


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