Arizona City Chats with the Public on UAVs in Parks

The City of Tempe, Ariz., is seeking public input on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the city’s parks.

According to an announcement from the city’s government, Councilmember Joel Navarro is inviting the community to a Jan. 17 meeting to discuss the technology and a proposed ordinance.

A Tempe City Council working group is proposing to amend an existing ordinance to prohibit drone takeoffs and landings within preserves and within city parks north of the Rio Salado Parkway. This group is also developing police enforcement guidance regarding the improper use of UAVs, the announcement says.

“Drones are much more popular, and because our community is so close to [Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport] and to very populated parks, we want to make sure we do everything we can to keep people safe,” says Navarro.

The announcement says those who cannot attend the meeting can also provide feedback here.

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