New Scottsdale ordinance speaks to floodplain management

Scottsdale City Council moved to adopt ordinances No. 4246 and No. 10402 during the July 6 city council meeting by a 5-2 vote.

Ordinance No. 4246 amends the Scottsdale Revised Code, Chapter 37, Stormwater and Floodplain Management.

Ordinance No. 10402 declares a document entitle “Scottsdale Revised Code, Chapter 37, Stormwater and Floodplain Management” to be a public record.

On Aug. 28, 2012, city council adopted Phase 1 of the city’s updated Stormwater and Floodplain Management Ordinance. Phase 1 included all articles subject to regulatory agency review, including:

  • Article I: Floodplain Management
  • Article III: Stormwater Quality
  • Article IV: Enforcement
  • Article V: Interpretations, appeals and variances

Phase two, which is being considered now, is the remainder of the ordinance update — the vast majority of which is not subject to regulatory agency review, according to city documents. Therefore, there is more flexibility in Phase 2 to adopt an ordinance consistent with the community’s goals and objectives.

Vice Mayor Kathy Littlefield made a motion to continue item 21. Councilman Guy Phillips seconded the motion. No vote was taken.

Alternatively, councilwoman Virginia Korte made a motion to adopt ordinances No. 4246 and No. 10402. Councilwoman Linda Milhaven seconded the motion, which carried 5-2, with Vice Mayor Littlefield and councilman Phillips dissenting.

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