Scottsdale Update - Sept. 5, 2019


September is National Preparedness Month. Create a plan that outlines each family member's responsibilities in case of an emergency. Make a "Go Kit," which can include food and water, medication, money, contact information and locations to meet. In observance of National Preparedness Month, Chef Jon-Paul Hutchins demonstrates how to make a delectable dish from shelf-stable ingredients.

Get an up-close, hand-on glimpse of essential city services. Learn about city programs and services while enjoying hands-on activities. Scottsdale's Show and Tell event takes place in conjunction with the free Children's Learning and Play Festival from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at WestWorld.


Scottsdale took an audacious step in 1985; it began requiring fire sprinklers in residential homes. More than three decades after that controversial decision, Scottsdale remains a leader in the fire suppression field and residents continue to reap the benefits of a system that saves lives and property.

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Enjoy Scottsdale ArtWalk - an American original. Stroll at your own pace, wander into galleries through a festive area, and enjoy dramatic statues, bubbling fountains, tree-covered courtyards, famed restaurants and live music. ArtWalk runs from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, year-round in Old Town.

Browse the city calendar for more events.


Public invited to learn about sole major General Plan amendment request. An applicant is requesting to change the land use designation for a project called "Gentry on the Green." Residents can learn more about the request at a city-hosted open house from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Road. Arizona State Law requires that all requests for major General Plan amendments be presented at a single public hearing during the calendar year. Learn more about the project and the major General Plan amendment request process.

Learn about non-major General Plan amendment request to add state statute requirements. The public is invited to learn about and provide feedback on Case 5-GP-2019, a request for a non-major amendment to the city's General Plan 2001. Attend one of two open houses: 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Copper Ridge School, 10101 N. Thompson Peak Parkway; or from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the city's Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Road. In addition, the Planning Commission will discuss, but not act on the item at its Wednesday, Sept. 25, meeting. It begins at 5 p.m. in City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Since the 2001 General Plan adoption, there have been two state statute changes regarding the requirements municipalities must have as part of their adopted General Plan: An Energy Element and a Neighborhood Preservation and Revitalization Element. Staff also is recommending other content updates to bring the Scottsdale General Plan up to existing community conditions.

Pima Freeway construction impacts travel. The Arizona Department of Transportation continues widening the Loop 101 from Interstate 17 in Phoenix to Pima Road in Scottsdale. Learn more about the project and upcoming restrictions, and subscribe to updates at ADOT's project webpage.

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Protect your identity by shredding unneeded documents. Bring your personal and/or commercial documents to the "Shred It" event from 7-10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, in the Walmart parking lot, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. Cost is $4 per box or bag.  

Library presents "Scottsdale – A City of Good Sports." Scottsdale Historian Joan Fudala presents a photo-rich presentation on Scottsdale's evolution as a sports destination, from spring training and Fall League baseball, to tennis, golf, biking, marathons and school sports. The free program, part of the Heritage Collection Salon Series, runs from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in Civic Center Library's Copper Gallery.  

Let your students thrive after three at an after-school program this fall. Register your kiddos for the city's After-School Program. Trained recreation leaders conduct fun daily activities including arts and crafts, sports, fitness, gardening, drama and nutrition.  

Get schooled at September Neighborhood College classes. Register for the September classes: "Community Association Finances 101," Thursday, Sept. 19; and "Investor-Owned Properties and Potential Problems," Wednesday, Sept. 25. Both programs are free and run from 1-3 p.m. at Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St.

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