Scottsdale Update - July 11, 2022




Scottsdale Statement regarding SB 1168 – Short-term Rental Regulations. The city was instrumental in getting state law changed to strengthen local authority in the short-term rental industry. Governor Ducey signed SB 1168 on July 6, and Scottsdale is working with the League of Arizona Cities and Towns to draft a model ordinance to help municipalities enact the local license and permit provisions contained in the bill. 

The state law goes into effect Sept. 24, and staff will bring an ordinance to the Scottsdale City Council in a timely manner so that Scottsdale can receive the additional protections allowed under the new state law. Learn more about vacation and short-term rentals in Scottsdale.

Not affiliated with any particular party? Here’s how to get a ballot. Voters who are not affiliated with any political party and who are on the Active Early Voting List will not automatically receive a party ballot for the Aug. 2 primary election. You will have the option of requesting a political party ballot of your choice or a Scottsdale-only ballot. Notify Maricopa County Elections by phone at 602-506-1511, email [email protected] or online by July 22 of your selection to receive a mail-in ballot for the Aug. 2 primary election. If emailing the request, provide your full name, residence address and date of birth for verification.


Trio of sculptures, "Bliss," "Surge," and "Zenith," by artist Shirley Wagner, is part of the new IN FLUX Cycle 10. They are located at Miller Plaza on the northeast corner of Miller and Indian School roads. The three colorful figures, each 8-feet tall, are in the three landscape beds at Miller Plaza. Zenith, Surge and Bliss are hand-fabricated from steel and powder-coated in a vibrant color palette with a gloss sheen. Each figure is made from a series of abstract metal geometric shapes that twist and turn in space. These dynamic figurative sculptures tell a story and enhance the identity of the plaza, whose primary business revolves around fitness, aesthetics, and wellness. Learn more.

Get up close and personal with a variety of amazing Arizona reptiles. A trained volunteer will talk about reptile behavior, habitat, preservation and safety. Space is limited, so please see a staff person prior to the start of the program to pick up a ticket which will be your registration. Here’s the schedule:


Rust, Dust, Crust: Discovering Desert Surfaces. If you think the desert floor is all dust, gravel and rocks, then you haven't taken a good look beneath your feet. Learn how the desert is covered with life at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, at Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St. The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy presents this free program. Register.

Aloha to swim, sun and safety. Join us for the Safety Luau from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, July 31, at Eldorado Aquatic and Fitness Center. The event includes a mock rescue, CPR training, and fun and games including a limbo contest and hula lessons. Regular admission fees apply.



The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has issued a high ozone pollution advisory for Tuesday and Wednesday. Those with respiratory sensitivities are advised to take precautions during outdoor activities. Please help reduce ozone by doing one or more of the following: 

  • Use gas or electric instead of burning wood 

  • Limit the lighting of fireworks 

  • Ride transit, carpool or telework 

  • Eliminate all unnecessary driving and/or combine trips 

  • Avoid dirt roads 

  • Avoid the use of leaf blowers 

  • If burning wood for heat or food preparation, use dry wood (burning wet wood releases more particulate matter) 

Scottsdale Water targets irrigation inefficiency and leaks with enhanced rebates. Scottsdale Water boosted rebates that support customers in optimizing irrigation systems, combating wasteful leaks and upgrading landscapes.

Improvements to the rebate program include:

  • Increased residential grass removal rebates from $1 per square foot to $2, up to a total of $5,000 per property. Grass must be replaced with approved Arizona-friendly landscape.

  • A bonus of up to $10,000 for multifamily, HOA common area and commercial businesses when the grass removal rebate includes strips of grass less than eight feet wide and borders a city right-of-way or path.

  • New water efficiency technology rebates for both residents and commercial businesses.

  • An enhanced rebate for in-ground pool and/or spa removal to $400 plus $1 per square foot of water surface area.

July is Smart Irrigation Month. More than 65 percent of homeowners’ water use occurs outdoors. Be sure to check your irrigation system for leaks. Use the free guide, Find & Fix Leaks that are Draining Your Budget, to help you check both your home and your irrigation system.  

Only 15 percent of child car seats are properly installed. The city provides free car seat inspections by appointment. Register here. Please book two appointments if we need to inspect two or more car seats. Once you book your appointment, you will receive an email with the details regarding your inspection, including the address of the fire station where you’ll need to go. Learn more about child safety seats.


Performing arts single seat tickets available. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts presents a brand-new season filled with concerts and performances for everyone in the family … from classical music, Broadway greats, and all-ages theatre to laugh-out-loud comedy. View the calendar and buy tickets.

Arizona Department of Transportation survey crews continue work 9 p.m.-5 a.m. through July 15, at the following locations on the Loop 101 Pima Freeway:

  • Northbound Pima Road exit will be closed. Use Frank Lloyd Wright exit to northbound frontage road to Pima Road as a detour

  • Northbound right lane closed between the CAP Canal and Pima Road

  • Southbound right lane closed at Princess Drive

Fight the bite. Last year, Maricopa County experienced more than 1,400 cases of West Nile Virus, which is spread by mosquito bites and can cause serious illness and even death. Follow the four Rs to keep you and your loved ones safe:

  1. REPEL mosquitos using EPA-registered insect repellent

  1. REMOVE standing water from your home and yard

  1. REPAIR or replace damaged window and door screens

  1. REMIND your family, friends and neighbors about mosquito safety

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