What is a Natural Area?

Our mission statement states “We will strive to enhance our property values and maintain an enjoyable neighborhood in which to live through social gatherings, community projects and architectural/landscape integrity.”  The mission statement is a synopsis of our Bylaws, CC&Rs and Building Guidelines.

Natural Areas were redefined in the 2013 revision to the Building Guidelines to simplify identification of the Natural Area.  The definition: Initially, when constructing on a unoccupied lot, the Natural Area means that portion of the natural desert lying within a Lot but outside of the Building Envelope which must remain undisturbed.  After construction of the home or an addition which typically must remain inside the building envelope, the area outside the house and any walls is identified as “Natural Area.  This redefinition agrees with the City of Scottsdale ESLO (see below) and plant guidance.

The Scottsdale Indigenous Plant List contains all Indigenous Species approved for planting in Natural Areas in Scottsdale, including Happy Valley Ranch.

To protect the natural desert, each lot has a building envelope defined as that portion of a lot that encompasses the maximum allowable developable area within each lot.

Sonoran desert

The city of Scottsdale in 1991 created the Environmentally Sensitive Lands Ordinance (ESLO), a set of zoning regulations which covers our Neighborhood.  The ESLO provides additional protection for our Natural Areas.

Section 16 of our CC&Rs under Landscaping states: “Inasmuch as it is the intention to preserve, insofar as possible, the present natural desert state existing in the Subdivision, desert growth shall not be destroyed or removed except as it is necessary for the construction of roads, dwelling houses and connecting buildings to the dwelling houses.”