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Arizona law changes timeline of Scottsdale General Plan amendment process

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House Bill 2482 grants applicants 12 months from initial filing in Scottsdale
By Terrance Thornton | Digital Free Press

In a move anticipated by municipal planning offices across the state, Arizona House Bill 2482 now allows developers seeking both minor and major amendments to General Plan guidelines one full year of preparation for anticipated public hearings.

The Scottsdale General Plan 2035, which was ratified by voters November 2021, is a municipal planning document meant to help guide the overall development and growth of the city of Scottsdale.

“Scottsdale General Plan amendment proposals are determined as major or minor according to Criteria 1-8 (Pages 56-59) of the Scottsdale General Plan 2035,” said Adam Yaron at Scottsdale long range planning in his recent report to City Council.

“Prior to the 2022 legislative session, state statute only allowed municipalities to process major General Plan amendments one time per calendar year, in the same year as filed. This measure now requires that all major amendments to a municipal general plan be presented at a public hearing within 12 months of when the major amendment is filed, rather than within the same calendar year.”

Arizona HB 2482 was signed by the Gov. Doug Ducey into law in April 2022.

Mr. Yaron explains the new law is already in effect.

“HB 2482 will go into effect 90 days after the legislature adjourns. The 2022 legislature adjourned on June 25, 2022,” he said. “Consequently, the effective date for this measure is September 24, 2022.”

Scottsdale City Council unanimously approved the change to the General Plan amendment process at its Nov. 21 meeting at City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

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