Mayor, council seek development solutions for Old Town Scottsdale

By Melissa Rosequist | Your Valley

As more people, cars and buildings flock to Scottsdale Road, questions are being asked about the realities of the next era of Old Town.

Mayor David Ortega says there are “several mapping flaws” within the Old Town Character Area Plan, particularly related to building height, which are not being interpreted accurately.

Ortega was supported by some council colleagues, including Councilwoman Kathy Littlefield who questioned the long-term viability of Old Town Scottsdale.

“One of the biggest problems I have with increased density and height is we are losing the long-term viability because we are not putting in the infrastructure — the underlaying parts we need — to make it viable,” Littlefield said. “Our water supply? Do we have any real plans on how we’re going to keep water to 150-foot buildings and we build them, build them and build them?”

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