JUNE 19, 2013

City launches Scottsdale General Plan 2014 workshop series

Public invited to share ideas for Scottsdale's future
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What should Scottsdale look like in 10 years? In 20 years? By participating in the 2014 General Plan process, you will help answer those questions.

The next phase of the public process for the Scottsdale General Plan 2014 begins with the launch of the first two in a series of eight workshops. They will be on:

**Thursday June 20, SkySong, 1475 N. Scottsdale Road, Convergence Room
There will be two sessions for each workshop. They will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. The same material and topics will be discussed at both sessions.

Each workshop series focuses on specific themes and topics. This first series addresses "Neighborhoods and Housing." Some of the existing values for this topic in the city's General Plan include:

• A broad diversity of owner-occupied and rental housing types
• Housing that is energy efficient, environmentally sensitive, and that blends with the city's natural surroundings
• Citizen involvement in the preservation and revitalization of Scottsdale neighborhoods
• Redevelopment and reinvestment in the community's mature areas.
• Preservation of the community's historic, archeological, and cultural heritage.

Workshop participants will determine if these values are still relevant today and how they should change, if at all.

Other topics and tentative workshop dates include:

• Community Character - Aug. 21 and 22
• Transportation - Sept. 18 and 19
• Economic Vitality & Growth Areas - Oct. 2 and 3
• Land Use - Oct. 23 and 24
• General Plan Amendment Criteria - Nov. 6 and 7
• First Half of Draft General Plan 2014 - Jan. 15 and 16, 2014
• Second Half of Draft General Plan 2014 - Feb. 12 and 13, 2014

Registration is required so that staff may prepare enough materials and is available online at www.ScottsdaleGP.com or by calling 480-312-3111.

The General Plan is the collective vision for how stakeholders want our community to evolve during the next 10 to 20 years. It's important because it affects the look and feel of our community and how it will meet future needs. When the City Council considers decisions on land use, transportation, open space, and other important topics, it will be guided by this community blueprint.

State law requires all Arizona cities to have general plans which are ratified by the voters at least every 10 years. That process for Scottsdale starts with these community gatherings, and will culminate with a public vote on the General Plan in November 2014.

Learn more about the process and upcoming meeting dates and involvement opportunities at www.ScottsdaleGP.com.