About Scottsdale Old Town Alliance

We are an alliance of town residents, businesses, and property owners concerned about an upcoming zoning and use permit vote on the City Council that could result in short-sighted, harmful policies.

On Tuesday, November 12, the City Council will approve or deny a zoning and use permit for a medical marijuana dispensary at the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. We do not oppose medical marijuana, but we oppose a dispensary in Old Town! If Arizona voters approve a 2020 ballot measure allowing recreational marijuana, then the medical dispensary could quickly be converted for recreational use and turn Old Town into a pot hangout.

Well-funded special interests have employed two law firms and a PR firm, spending millions to pressure local businesses and pedal influence in City Hall. Today they are actively pursuing shutting down a successful preschool, buying out a place of worship, and putting another school in jeopardy. City zoning ordinances require 1,500 feet of separation between marijuana dispensaries and residential areas, schools, and places of worship. Surprisingly, the city planner contends that these rules don’t apply to Old Town. But the city’s master plan for the proposed dispensary location calls for mixed-use residential and commercial development. We believe that the proposed dispensary will result in irreversible harm to the character of Old Town, driving away family tourist business and residential development. What parents want their children to live by a pot store?

You can join us in expressing your concerns to the City Council by filling in the information below and clicking the send button.

You are welcome to browse our website, which provides further information about the marijuana dispensary operator, Scottsdale police crime statistics, and the neighborhoods we envision for the future of Old Town.

We also invite you to join us at City Hall on the vote date, November 12, 2019, 5 p.m. Should you decide to speak out, you will be given three minutes to address the City Council.