Guest Editorial: Why You Should Vote YES on Scottsdale General Plan 2035

By Councilmember Solange Whitehead

Scottsdale, let’s get this job done!  On October 6th, ballots for Scottsdale’s General Plan (GP) will be mailed to voters.  I am enthusiastically endorsing a YES vote to ratify General Plan 2035 and protect all that we love about Scottsdale.  

Scottsdale’s General Plan 2035 has been a collaboration between the City and the residents. Working side-by-side with residents, has made Scottsdale’s greatest achievements possible and ratifying the GP 2035 will be no exception.  GP 2035 is a forward-looking plan that is based on and will protect the founding values and priorities that make Scottsdale an international standout.    

As residents, we know that Scottsdale is much more than a luxury destination.  It is also a great place to live.  This is not by chance and the General Plan 2035 is written to ensure Scottsdale continues to enjoy the highest standard of living in our beautiful desert environment.  The GP 2035 re-affirms a long-standing resident priority to acquire and protect acres in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and emphasizes the need to expand natural open spaces and wildlife corridors on public and private land.  It places emphasis on higher design standards for development and the need to balance growth with public benefit.  New character area plans strengthen protections for Scottsdale’s distinct neighborhoods and there is emphasis on public safety, transportation, and services for vulnerable populations.  The GP 2035 includes new sections on education and tourism recognizing that the success of each is crucial to our City’s future. The GP 2035 sets broad and ambitious sustainability goals that will protect people, the planet, and the City’s budget.  

After earning the unanimous support of the City Council, the General Plan 2035 is now in your hands.  Join me in support of a healthy and prosperous future for Scottsdale and Vote YES on General Plan 2035, Proposition 463.    

As always, I am available to answer any questions about the General Plan or any other Scottsdale issue.  

Thank you, Scottsdale Voters!


Solange Whitehead
Scottsdale City Councilmember