City continues to seek input on the Scottsdale General Plan 2035 Update. The Scottsdale City Council reviewed the Citizen Review Committee draft plan at a series of work study sessions in February and March. Per the City Council’s request, staff created a version of the draft plan reflecting City Council comments, as well as areas of council consensus in response to public input received. The community, the Planning Commission and City Council are reviewing the latest version of the draft plan.
City Council requested that staff continue engaging the community on specific items or ideas through self-guided virtual open houses to garner additional public input on:
The schedule of future public hearings that discuss the draft plan include:
Should the City Council adopt the draft plan, it would then need to be ratified by the city’s voters at a citywide election.
Comment on the latest City Council draft and learn more about the update process.
Scottsdale Water recognized at annual AZ Water Conference. Scottsdale Water was recently honored for multiple awards at the 94th AZ Water Conference. The awards recognize individual members, projects and teams that have excelled in the past year. Scottsdale’s awards include:
Large System of the Year – Water Distribution
Water Treatment Plant Project of the Year – Thomas Groundwater Treatment Facility
Technology Professional of the Year – Rikk Mascia
Laboratory Analyst of the Year – Keely Bolstad
Learn more about the awards.
Scottsdale residents and businesses will not be affected by anticipated Colorado River cuts. The Arizona Department of Water Resources and Central Arizona Project (CAP) announced an anticipated declaration of the first-ever “Tier 1 Shortage” regarding the supply of Colorado River water to Arizona stakeholders.
While the shortage will result in cuts to Arizona’s share of the river, Scottsdale residents and businesses will not see any restrictions or changes to their supply.
Here’s what to know:
Scottsdale is prepared for a Colorado River shortage
Stakeholders across the state work collaboratively to share responsibility in drought mitigation efforts under the Drought Contingency Plan
Water supplies to tribes and municipalities will not be affected in “Tier 1”
Agriculture pools in Arizona will be reduced to offset water supply restrictions
While supplies won’t change for Scottsdale residents or businesses, everyone is urged to continue drought conservation efforts
Learn more by reading the Colorado River Shortage fact sheet.
Scottsdale Water has made significant investments to prevent shortages of its supply by updating systems and facilities, implementing innovative water management strategies and prioritizing conservation. In April, the Scottsdale City Council approved an updated Drought Management Plan which outlines water supply and water use management during an episode of reduced supply.
May is Stroke Awareness Month. The signs are "FAST" to learn. F is for face - Have the person smile. If one side of the face droops call 911 immediately; A is for arms - Ask the person to raise both arms. If one arm drifts downward, call 911 immediately; S is for speech - Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. If the speech is slurred or strange, call 911 immediately; T is for time - Get help immediately. Learn more.
Season’s final “Shred It” event takes place Saturday. Protect your identity by bringing your personal and/or commercial documents to the "Shred It" event from 7-10 a.m. Saturday, May 8, in the Walmart parking lot, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. Cost is $5 per box.
Scottsdale Airport undergoes rehabilitation project. The runway has not had a major rehab since the airport opened. It is in critical need of rehabilitation to ensure the infrastructure is maintained and in excellent condition to best serve aircraft customers – those who fly locally, or visit from around the world. Watch this brief video on the project.
Investing in Our Scottsdale – Pima-Dynamite Trailhead. The last of the planned facilities in Scottsdale's trailhead master plan is under construction near Pima Road and Dynamite Boulevard. With estimated completion this summer, the trailhead will include equestrian facilities, restrooms and 200 parking spaces. It will provide access to the northern region of the preserve, which includes more than 225 miles of trails. Watch this brief video about the project.
Register your kiddos for summer camp. The city’s summer camps are returning for fun-filled adventures. Programs will be offered at the following locations for youth and teens going into first through eighth grades:
Cocopah Middle School
Horizon Community Center
Parents can register their children for the entire summer or by the week. Learn more about programs and register.
Let go of my LEGO. LEGO camps come to Scottsdale. Does your kid love to build LEGOs? We are introducing our brand new “Bricks 4 Kidz LEGO” camp! Participants will build a world that comes to life, using these exciting themes:
Camps run from 8:30 a.m.-noon., Monday through Friday, at Mountain View Park and Community Center. Get details and register.
Attend a virtual green building webinar on the power of solar Thursday. Interested in going solar but don't know where to start? Join the nonprofit organization Solar United Neighbors for a "Solar 101" webinar to learn how solar works, what it costs and how to save by going solar with your neighbors. This free webinar runs from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, May 6. Register.
My mom is better than your mom! Do you have a special mother in your life? The senior centers want to hear what makes her so unique. Nominations can include your mom, wife, sister, aunt, etc. The Senior Services team will choose one winner to receive a special Mother's Day gift. Nominate your special lady by Thursday, May 6.
Temperatures are rising – obey hiking and hydration rules. Play it safe when hiking: Take a buddy. Hydrate the day before you go. Bring plenty of water and your phone. Tell friends and family where you are heading and when you plan on returning.
Help residents in need through Scottsdale Cares. Simply pay the "grand total" on your monthly city utility bill and a dollar will go toward Scottsdale Cares, the city's voluntary utility bill donation program. One hundred percent of the proceeds are distributed to nonprofits that help thousands of neighbors in need.
Outdoor watering tip for May – adjust those sprinklers. Adjust your landscape sprinkler or clock to reflect the summer rains and monsoon. Remember to stop a watering cycle if it rains a half-inch or more. To view the rainfall in your area, visit Maricopa County Flood Control’s Rainfall Data interactive map. And remember to check your controller's settings after a power outage.
This week's traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list.