Opinion

Campana: The responsible choice for Scottsdale is to approve general plan 2035

Posted 10/21/21

As citizens, we have a responsibility to help guide our elected officials in the making of public policy.

This City Council (and several before) continued to reach out to community open houses, …

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Opinion

Campana: The responsible choice for Scottsdale is to approve general plan 2035

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As citizens, we have a responsibility to help guide our elected officials in the making of public policy.

This City Council (and several before) continued to reach out to community open houses, civic organizations, political parties, and our commissions getting input, then feedback, and fine-tuning a document that will inform Scottsdale’s planning for a decade or more to come.

It is NOT “risky” — it’s the antithesis of risky. Not having a plan is risky. We’ve seen that from time to time already.

This and future city councils being held to a citizen created and voter approved general plan is responsible, not risky!

The kernel that drives the opposition goes like this: If you vote for this General Plan – the city might not be able to build as many apartments = fewer taxpayers = taxes going up. Scare tactics just to create doubt.

Does this GP 2035 ban apartments in Scottsdale: No. But without the GP approved, every council meeting becomes a debate chamber — neighbors v. developers.

That is irresponsible to both, and a lose/lose.

During my tenure on City Council it was always nonpartisan. It’s especially sad to see a policy election get so politicized.

Having an approved General Plan through 2035 (with an update in at least 10 years) will provide a responsible guide for development for the entire city. Developers have guide rails. Citizens have protections.

I’ve lived within three miles of City Hall in downtown Scottsdale for 40 of my 52 years here.

It will provide the best protection we’ve ever had that we will continue to enjoy the highest quality of life in one of the Most Livable Cities In America. Win/win.

Be responsible. It is not risky! Ignore the scare tactics. Vote yes on general plan 2035 on your mail-in ballot today.

Mail by Oct. 26 to ensure delivery by Nov. 2. Or drop in the ballot box Monday–Friday at Scottsdale City Hall 8 a.m.-5 p.m. And they are open now until Election Day, Nove. 2.

Editor’s Note: Sam Campana is a former Scottsdale mayor and City Councilmember, and longtime resident of the city.

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