Scottsdale's new General Plan - what happens now? Scottsdale voters approved an update to the General Plan at November's special election. In early 2022 the City Council will align budget objectives and performance measures with the new plan, as well as prioritize the “Implementation Element” with efforts that the Mayor and City Council want to focus on in the next 12-24 months.
The updated plan - General Plan 2035 - replaces the 2001 Scottsdale General Plan that was approved by the voters in 2002. Scottsdale General Plan 2035 serves as the community’s new vision and guide for future physical, economic and social development. Read more.
Scottsdale awarded Certificate of Excellence in Performance Management. The International City/County Management Association awarded the city a Certificate of Excellence, which is the highest level of achievement. Scottsdale was one of only 31 communities nationwide and one of just two in Arizona to receive this recognition. The award recognizes organizations that exemplify a culture of performance management, pursue comparative analysis and data-informed decision-making and promote transparency. Learn more.
Adopt-a-Family program provided Thanksgiving meals to nearly 240 families in need. With the support of Scottsdale Community Partners and more than 130 donors, Vista del Camino provided an estimated $21,381 worth of Thanksgiving food, cooking supplies and gift cards to program recipients. We still need donations for Christmas. Here’s how you can get help or provide help.
COVID-19 by the numbers. Maricopa County has been tracking COVID-19 cases since Jan. 22, 2020. Review the latest numbers.
Scottsdale remains at high community transmission for 19th straight week. The city’s COVID-19 case rate has jumped to 209.3 cases per 100,000 residents. High transmission is defined as greater than 100 cases per 100,000 people. This is a 10.7% increase, and the highest rate since August 2021. According to Maricopa County’s Vaccine Dashboard, 71.8% of eligible Scottsdale residents have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination dose, and 66.4% are fully vaccinated. Vaccines are your best defense against COVID-19. Find a vaccine or attend one the city is hosting (see below).
The city wraps up its final two COVID-19 vaccination opportunities. Attend from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, at Horizon Community Center, 15444 N. 100th St.; or 1:30-5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13, at Eldorado Park Community Center, 2311 N. Miller Road. Pre-registration is not required, walk-ins are welcome. However, those wanting to save time onsite can pre-register by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our COVID-19 page and select “Scottsdale Vaccine POD” for more information. Find other vaccine locations.
World Health Organization classifies a new COVID-19 variant. On Friday, Nov. 26, the World Health Organization classified a new variant, B.1.1.529, as a “Variant of Concern” and has named it Omicron. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is following the details of this new variant, first reported to the WHO by South Africa. WHO is working with global public health and industry partners to learn more about this variant. The CDC is monitoring variants, and the U.S. variant surveillance system has reliably detected new variants in this country.
Antibodies and COVID-19. Antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can be detected in the blood of people who have recovered from COVID-19 or people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Getting a vaccine is safer than getting COVID-19, and vaccinations against COVID-19 are recommended for everyone 5 and older. Vaccines improve antibody response for those who’ve had COVID-19, thus improving protection. It is important to remember that some people with antibodies may become infected after vaccination or after recovering from a past infection. The risk of infection, severe illness, hospitalization and death are much lower for vaccinated people compared to people who aren’t.
THINGS TO DO:
Scottsdazzle, Scottsdale’s signature holiday celebration, returns with more than 45 events and activities. Join in the merriment and cheer as we celebrate the season with our 6th annual Scottsdazzle holiday extravaganza. There is something for everyone – this month-long celebration, delights residents and visitors alike with festivals, concerts, unique events, stunning decor, dining, shopping and more.
Scottsdazzle spotlight! Prancer’s Puzzle Rides — What happens when you combine a Scottsdale scavenger hunt, a jolly golf cart driver and lots of holiday cheer? Prancer’s Puzzle Rides! Book these special seasonal rides all Scottsdazzle-long for fun with friends and family. Two uniquely fun and festive rides are available: Hijacked by Elves or Jingle Bar Hop. Learn more and register.
Scottsdale Sister Cities Association hosts these December activities:
Holiday Happy Hour, 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, Campo Italian Bistro and Bar, 8260 N. Hayden Road. Register.
Doc Jones Band performs a jazz holiday concert. For members only. 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at Kathy George’s home. Learn more and register.
Learn more about Scottsdale Sister Cities.
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES:
Plug into Saturday’s Electronics Recycling Day. Scottsdale residents can properly recycle electronics like computers, printers, phones, cameras, flat panel televisions/monitors and stereo equipment for free from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.
Registration is open for Parks and Recreation classes. Registration for Scottsdale Parks and Recreation winter programs began today for Scottsdale residents, and starts at 8 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday, Nov. 30), for nonresidents. Winter programs take place during January, February and March. These include swim lessons, water exercise classes, youth activities, adult programs and more! Browse all offerings online at ScottsdaleAZ.gov, search “recreation classes.” You can register via the city's Activenet page.
Spread some holiday cheer and score Disney magic in return. The first 1,000 merry makers who donate a new, unwrapped toy during the Scottsdale Fire Department’s Annual Toy Drive will receive a complimentary show ticket to “Disney on Ice presents Dream Big,” courtesy of Feld Entertainment. Drop off donations between 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Scottsdale Fashion Square south parking lot.
The show features favorite Disney friends such as Mickey, Minnie, Miguel, Moana, Elsa, Belle, Genie, and more highlighting all the magic and adventure of Disney’s tales through world-class figure skating. Get details.
Indian School Park and Tennis Center captures two distinguished awards.
The American Sports Builders Association, the national organization for builders and suppliers of materials for athletic facilities, honored this facility with a “Distinguished Facility Award” for construction excellence.
Racquet Sports Industry Magazine named Indian School Park and Tennis Center “Municipal Tennis Facility of the Year.” The magazine attributed the success of Indian School Park and Tennis Center to its excellence in construction and diverse programming, along with hosting local, regional and national events.
Learn more about Indian School Park and Tennis Center.
The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce celebrates 35th Annual Sterling Awards winners. These awards showcase businesses that demonstrate innovation and excellence in business. Winners are:
Small Business – Civic Center Compounding Pharmacy
Big Business – Reputation
Nonprofit – Scottsdale/Paradise Valley YMCA
Find out about traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list.