Scottsdale is in a midlife crisis. It doesn’t have to worry about the basics of life, but the grand plan needs work.
This week, the city turns to its 202,705 residents to find out where it wants to be.
Officials want to create a five-year plan, tentatively dubbed "Road Map to the Future."
The first step is to create a vision statement and strategies before a presentation to the City Council.
After the council reviews the draft, a detailed implementation plan will be developed.
"We want to ask and find out if they think there’s something missing," said Natalie Lewis, assistant to the city manager. "Have we missed something that we really ought to be focusing on in the next five-plus years that will really help take Scottsdale to that next level?"
The city’s yen to think forward is driven by the "Which Way Scottsdale" report generated in March by the Morrison Institute for Public Policy.
The report identified three points that Scottsdale has to consider in planning:
• Quality of place counts now more than ever in determining where people want to live and work.
• Some of the most important magnetic features of regions are created, not inherited.
• Success going forward doesn’t just happen.
This week’s meetings are about far more than basic city services, Lewis said.
"The water is going to be continued to be delivered in a quality manner," Lewis said. "Your libraries are always going to be open, and they’re excellent. Trash is going to get picked up. . . . Those are the things that are going to continue. That’s not what we’re going to talk about."
Does the city want to be a medical center? A high-tech enclave? How can current assets, such as the resorts and art galleries, be packaged into something new? How will the city survive in the long term?
"We’re really talking about . . . what we need to focus in on and put our resources towards," Lewis said. "These are quality-of-life issues that will take Scottsdale to the next level."