Arizona State Trust Land

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What is the Arizona State Land Trust?

The Arizona State Land Department manages approximately 9.2 million acres of State Trust land in Arizona. The lands were granted to the State under the provisions of the Federal Enabling Act that provided for Arizona’s statehood in 1912. The lands are held in trust and managed for the sole purpose of generating revenues for the 13 State Trust land beneficiaries, the largest of which is Arizona’s K-12 education.

All State Trust Land transactions must be in accordance with the State’s mandate, to assure the highest and best use of the land, and to act in the best interest of the Trust.

The sale and development of State Land is often a long and slow process, taking from two to ten years. The purchasing process is initiated by an application, completed by the applicant and filed with the Arizona State Land Department. Submission of an application does not guarantee the land will go to auction for sale.

Once the land is sold, the owner must work through the City of Scottsdale’s planning process.

Several large and small swaths of State Land are located near DC Ranch, to include but not limited to land along the east and west side of Pima Road south of Legacy Boulevard and near the 101. There are currently applications filed for the land on the east side of Pima Road from Trailside View to Bell Road.

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Application No. 53-120425

Application No. 53-119059

Application No. 53-119529

Prior to any auction taking place, the State Land Department staff has stated they will conduct an engineering study to define needed flood control on this parcel.

How can residents engage?

DC Ranch residents are encouraged to attend public meetings as scheduled for State Land; we will update residents regarding these opportunities as any public process unfolds.

Residents may contact the State Land Department with questions: and learn more about the Department on their website:

How will DC Ranch be involved?

The DC Ranch Community Council will monitor and participate in various meetings and conversations with the State Land and City of Scottsdale Planning Departments, land developers, planning consultants and other relevant groups to evaluate factors that may impact the community such as safety, view shed, traffic, etc. If deemed appropriate, the Community Council may develop a position on behalf of the DC Ranch community-at-large.

Latest Updates

Nov. 25, 2019

The State Land Department has completed its engineering study on the state land that lies directly south of DC Ranch along the east side of Pima Road, south of Legacy Boulevard and near the 101 (see map). The applicant is now conducting due diligence. Next, the applicant can request an appraisal or step away. If the appraisal price is approved by the State Land Board of Appeals, the land can then go up for auction.

The Community Council is monitoring this process and will engage on behalf of the DC Ranch community-at-large at the appropriate time; and will inform residents of any community meetings that may be scheduled.

July 15, 2019

The State Land Department has indicated that the engineering study on State Land located south of DC Ranch will be finalized in August (see map). When the study is complete the department will determine their next steps, which could include putting the land up for auction.

March 30, 2019

The State Land Department is in the process of issuing a Request For Proposals (RFP) for an engineering study on State Land located south of DC Ranch (see map). The study will be completed prior to the state setting an auction for the sale of the land.