Scottsdale Update - Sept. 26, 2022


Scottsdale City Council passes first known state code amendment regarding overseeding. Scottsdale City Council approved a code amendment Tuesday stating that Homeowner Associations cannot mandate homeowners to overseed their lawns. The new code gives homeowners the ability to now choose to not overseed, which is an effective way to save thousands of gallons of water per property. Overseeding occurs in fall and is the practice of planting seasonal grass over the dormant, warm season grass.

Montage HOA saw incredible results when it decided to not overseed its green belt last year. HOA President Paul Traiforos said, “My community HOA voted to not overseed last winter for the first time in our history to help conserve water. We saved more than 1.2 million gallons of water over four months. That is enough to fill 120 average size residential pools. We plan on doing the same this year and have reduced irrigation use by 40% over the past year.”

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month – donate items to help victims. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, more than 10 million adults experience domestic violence annually in the United States. Right here at home, Scottsdale’s Victim Services assisted nearly 1,200 domestic violence victims last fiscal year (July 2021-June 2022). This includes helping victims with getting orders of protection or injunctions against harassment, referring them to support services,  escorting them to court, answering questions about the criminal justice process and advocating on their behalf.

You can help victims by donating hygeine and toiletry items Oct. 1-31. The donations will be forwarded to ControlAltDelete, a nonprofit that helps victims escape violent situations. Get a list of needed items and locations where you can drop them off: English, Spanish

After a record year, WestWorld seeks continued growth. Scottsdale's WestWorld has long been a center of equestrian activity in the southwest, a home for horse shows and competitions that are a perfect fit in The West's Most Western Town. Thanks to major investments in recent years and an intentional push to land more, new and bigger events, WestWorld enjoyed another record year and is poised for even bigger and better things to come.

The venue has evolved from a humble collection of outdoor equestrian arenas called Horseman’s Park when it opened in the early 1980s. WestWorld’s modern era began with its 2014 expansion, when 300,000 square feet of joined, climate-controlled event space was built around the longstanding Equidome arena. 

Over the past year, more than 70 events at WestWorld spanned 579 event days at the facility, attracting 500,000 people for an array of vastly different activities and attractions, everything from a sewing expo, the Abilities Expo for the disability community, fitness and powerlifting competitions, equine, car and motorcycle events along with the city’s annual indoor/outdoor 4th of July celebration. Read more about WestWorld


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.


Old Town Farmers Market reopens Saturday. The market features more than 100 local growers and specialty food producers. Be ready to find a variety of organic and pesticide-free produce, and seasonal specialties such as cider and apples, flowers, natural pork, beef, fish and free-range eggs. You'll also find cheese, freshly baked breads, jams, tamales and much more! The market runs 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday through June at 3806 N. Brown Ave. 

All aboard! The McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park hosts Railfair this weekend. This annual celebration of trains features model train displays, exhibits, a wide selection of the park’s seldom-seen vintage railroad equipment, along with special presentations on railroad and Arizona history. Admission is free to the event which runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2. Paradise & Pacific Railroad and Charros Carousel rides are $3 each; free for ages 2 and younger riding with a paying adult. Learn more

Calling all ghouls and boys – Treat yourself to a night at the railroad park’s Halloween Spook-Track-ula. Stop by for a spell between 6-9:30 p.m. Oct. 7-31, as we transform the park into a haunted hamlet. This family-friendly event is perfect for kids of all ages. We’ll “creep” it real with the featured event – a spooky train ride created with younger children in mind… a bit spooky, but not too scary. Get all the frightening fun details.


  • Scottsdale ArtWalk: Internationally known as a mecca for art collectors, Scottsdale is home to more than 100 galleries, dedicated to exhibiting the finest visual art from around the world and locally. Stroll at your own pace. 7-9 p.m. Thursdays. Specialty-themed Gold Palette ArtWalks are held 6:30-9 p.m. about once a month.

  • Second Saturdays @SMoCA: Make contemporary art a family tradition. Solve a puzzle, create a wearable art pendant and explore the museum. Noon-3 p.m.

Get more events information.


Learn the dirty facts about water reclamation. Join Water Reclamation Director David Walby, and find out why this work is so important, and experience firsthand the people and processes that bring water reclamation and sustainability to Scottsdale. The class will be held virtually from 11 am.-noon Thursday, Sept. 29. Learn more and register

You won’t lose with GAIN – Getting Arizona Involved with Neighborhoods. Formerly known as National Night Out, GAIN encourages residents to get together in their respective communities to promote safety, neighborhood communication and celebrate the successes of crime prevention through community involvement. GAIN 2022 takes place Saturday, Oct. 15. Register your neighborhood no later than Monday, Oct. 3, if you’re planning to host a block party that day or evening. 

Neighborhood College registration is open for fall series. We offer three tracks: HOA, Good Neighbor and History. Register for one, some or all! Some presentations are offered in-person and online. Get class descriptions and other details

October classes:

  • Medicare is 1, 2, 3 Easy: 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Road 

  • Fair Housing Laws and Community Associations – How to Avoid a Fair Housing Lawsuit: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Road

  • Hot Topics and Amending CC&Rs: 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday, Oct. 20, virtual


Review and provide input to proposed updates for Scottsdale's Energy and Green Construction Codes. The city is considering adopting new provisions to its Energy and Green Construction Codes. Get details from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Road. You also can attend virtually. Energy code provisions for residential buildings include electric vehicle charging infrastructure, cool roofs, solar ready space accommodations and an option for solar PV installation. Green code provisions for commercial buildings include heat island mitigation, solar PV installation or equivalent energy improvements, indoor environmental quality and reduced impact building materials. RSVP.

Watch the latest Fast Five. Scottsdale Library is looking for new patrons to celebrate National Library Card Sign-Up Month, the city launched a new program publicly thank veterans and a newly released budget book and video are now online for the public to learn more about the city puts tax dollars to work. These are just three of five things happening in Scottsdale that you need to know and highlighted in this episode of Fast Five. Watch now.

Scottsdale Police spotlight new motorcycle lane law. This new statewide law, which took effect Saturday, allows motorcyclists to split the lanes to ride between and move ahead of other stopped vehicles when certain criteria are met, including:

  • Riding on a road with two or more adjacent travel lanes going in the same direction.

  • Making sure the posted speed limit on the road is 45 mph or less.

  • Driving no faster than 15 mph while riding between stopped vehicles.

Lane splitting on freeways remains illegal. For more information Scottsdale PD showed how the new law works on city streets in this Facebook video. Alternatively, refer to Arizona Revised Statute 28-903.

Last chance to nominate … Scottsdale Salutes – a new city program will honor those in uniform. Scottsdale has launched a new program to publicly thank veterans and military service members in the community. Banners featuring them will fly from street light poles in Old Town during two weeks in November.

The city asks residents to nominate individuals now through Sept. 30. Veterans, active-duty service members, and members of the National Guard and reserves who live in Scottsdale, or who are from Scottsdale, are eligible for recognition Submit a nomination. This program was requested by the Veterans Advisory Commission as part of its charge to celebrate veterans in Scottsdale.

True West Magazine rates Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West one of the best. Scottsdale’s Museum of the West celebrates the West and its importance by informing, educating, inspiring and engaging museum guests. It offers engaging exhibitions, educational programs and community outreach addressing regional history, particularly as reflected by the arts and the dynamic cultural exchanges that have marked the transition of the Old West into the New West. “Western Spirit is a true treasure — not just for the Phoenix area, but also for the West,” said True West Executive Editor Bob Boze Bell. “It continues to do a great job of preserving Old West items and exhibits and then telling the story to a modern audience. Western Spirit is a Top Western Museum.” Learn more about the museum.

City wraps up 10th annual National Forensic Science Week commemoration, Sept. 18-24. Across the nation, agencies and organizations honored the dedication and hard work of those in forensic science. Quality forensic science is a critical element of intelligence-led policing that can exonerate the innocent, uncover crime trends, identify perpetrators, solve crimes and enhance public safety. The Scottsdale Police Department offers a variety of services to assist with crime investigations. 

The Forensic Services Division includes two sections and seven units. The Forensic Laboratory Section analyzes evidence for criminal investigations, and forensic scientists work in various forensic disciplines with a specialized skill set. The Forensic Operations Section includes the crime scene and property and evidence units. Learn more about National Forensic Science Week.

History: Winfield Scott biography available from the Scottsdale Heritage Connection. The Scottsdale Public Library's Scottsdale Heritage Connection has added the classic Richard Lynch biography of Scottsdale's founder Winfield Scott to the collection as a digital file. You can access the biography anytime in the free PDF format. This is an invaluable resource ideal for anyone interested in learning about Scottsdale's founder. From his birth in West Novi, Michigan in 1837, his service in the Union Army in the Civil War, his career as an US army chaplain, to pioneering the town of Scottsdale. The most remarkable thing about Winfield Scott is all that he did in between those highlights.


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