City of Scottsdale General Plan 2001
The General Plan is our collective vision for how we want the community to evolve during the next 10 to 20 years. The General Plan is important because it affects how the community looks and feels, and how it will meet future needs.
The General Plan is a statement of goals and policies that work as the primary tool for guiding the future development of the city. It is an expression of our collective vision and direction for the future of Scottsdale and how we want future growth and the character of the community to occur over the next 10-20 years.
On a daily basis the city is faced with tough choices about growth, housing, transportation, neighborhood improvement, and service delivery. A General Plan provides a guide for making these choices by describing long-term goals for the city's future as well as policies to guide day-to-day decisions.
The General Plan is divided into six chapters which are based on the Six Guiding Principles of the CityShape 2020 citizen participation process:
Twelve "Elements" or sections of the General Plan contain the city's policies on character and design, land use, open spaces and the natural environment, business and economics, community services, neighborhood vitality, housing, transportation, growth issues, human services, protection of desert and mountain lands, economic vitality, and the character of neighborhoods.
The policies in the General Plan are implemented and detailed through ordinances and ongoing formal procedures of the city, such as the Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Ordinance, and Design Guidelines. The intent of the General Plan is implemented through recommendations from city Boards and Commissions and decisions made by the City Council. Over time the General Plan is a living document that is manifested by many specific decisions and events that cause it to respond to the changing conditions, needs and desires of the community.