Scottsdale Update - Aug. 7, 2023


Find out what developments are happening in your neighborhood – quicker and easier. The city now mails notification for general plan and rezoning cases to surrounding properties within 1,250 feet, formerly 750 feet. In addition, the city now requires the applicant to provide online case fact sheets with a summary of project changes that occur with each resubmittal to the city. 

Planning staff also updated the best practices information packet provided to applicants regarding open houses. Significant stipulations include:

  • Developer-hosted open houses must be held in climate controlled/accessible venues appropriate to the time of year conducted.

  • The meeting host must specify the days community meetings should or should not be held so they don’t conflict with Planning Commission and City Council meetings.

What’s more, planning reports now include additional information in the community involvement section that details whether an applicant complied with community outreach best practices. Or, if not, what was omitted. Plus, a new section provides a summary of the primary project changes that occur between the final development team submittal to the city through to Planning Commission and the City Council. Search cases and public hearing projects.

Speak Up Scottsdale: Tell us what you think about vaping. Vaping among students on middle school and high school campuses is a challenge for public health and schools. We would like to know your thoughts, opinions and experiences as we consider developing programs to reduce usage. Get involved by joining Speak Up Scottsdale, then provide your feedback.


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. 


Let’s all go to the movies! City offers two free opportunities: 

  • Bring the whole family to the newly renovated Scottsdale Civic Center for a family movie night from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, on the east stage. This free event will feature lawn games, food trucks and a movie on an inflatable screen.

  • Watch a movie and enjoy popcorn at 1 p.m. Fridays, at Granite Reef and Via Linda senior centers. Showings vary by location, but you can get updates by calling Granite Reef Senior Center at 480-312-1700 or Via Linda Senior Center at 480-312-5810. Registration is not required. 

True crime lovers – Meet “Toxic Rage” author A.J. Flick and learn about her account of a shocking murder. Flick will discuss a jaw-dropping case that has been featured on 48 Hours, Forensic Files and Investigation Discovery's Killing Time. Space is limited – please see a staff member prior to the start of the program to pick up a ticket, which will be your registration. The free program begins at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, at Arabian Library.


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Show your love of Scottsdale by volunteering to be an Old Town Ambassador. Be a welcoming face to all who visit Old Town Scottsdale and one of more than 100 volunteers who provide a friendly smile along with area maps, special events information and brochures about local businesses and attractions. Hear what ambassadors have to say about what this role means to them. Get more information and apply.

Families and caregivers can get free vital services through Scottsdale’s Family Resource Center. Located at the Paiute Neighborhood Center, the center provides access to resources, referrals to support services and educational programs to ensure healthy growth and development for Scottsdale's youngest learners. Programs and services include discussion groups, family workshops, emergency diaper assistance and kindergarten preparedness. Learn more


Investing in Our Scottsdale: Scottsdale Road waterline replacement taking place through October. A section of waterline along Scottsdale Road between Gold Dust Avenue and Shea Boulevard is at risk of failing and will be replaced. Most of the construction takes place at night from 9 p.m.-5 a.m. Sunday-Thursday on the northbound (east side) lanes. Occasional work will occur outside of these hours as needed. Disruption should be minimal, and access to businesses will be maintained.

Save a life … donate blood. A significant decrease in summer donations has led to an emergency blood shortage. Donate blood at these drives to help end the shortage:

  • 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 8, and Nov. 8, Scottsdale City Hall parking lot, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

  • 8 a.m.-noon Aug. 15, and Nov. 14, Scottsdale’s North Corporation Yard, 9191 E. San Salvador

Brush and bulk collection tips: Place piles away from meters and electric boxes. When materials are placed on top of or near water meters, electrical boxes, lighting and landscaping watering systems, city equipment has the potential to damage them.

Scottsdale Solid Waste provides monthly brush and bulk collection for residents who pay for residential collection services. This service provides an easy and convenient way for you to dispose of items too big to fit in your curbside container. Get more tips and find your collection schedule

August’s World Drowning Prevention Month focuses on raising awareness on drowning as a public health issue, reminding people that anyone can drown, but no one should. Globally, drowning has caused more than 2.5 million deaths in the last decade. The highest drowning rates occur among children 1–4 years old, followed by children aged 5–9 years. The human, social and economic toll of these losses is intolerably high, and entirely preventable.

Follow the ABCs of water safety: 

  • Active adult supervision when children have access to water

  • Barriers between children and water

  • Classes like CPR and swimming lessons

Job of the Week: Human Services Center Supervisor. The successful candidate coordinates activities that provide social and/or behavioral health services in conjunction with public, private and nonprofit social service agencies. He/she also provides professional level behavioral health outreach services through direct practice, case management, facilitation and consultation to youth and families. 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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