CityScope: January - February 2023

City and CUSD partner to host Chandler Innovation Fair

City and CUSD partner to host Chandler Innovation Fair

On Saturday, Feb. 25, the Chandler community celebrates  innovation! The Chandler Innovation Fair, held in partnership between the City of Chandler and Chandler Unified School District, showcases local businesses, artists, students and innovators from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Downtown Chandler, 178 E. Commonwealth Ave.

This free event is designed to introduce youth to various fields in STEAM and offers unique opportunities for attendees to explore the discoveries of science engineered in their own backyard and taught in Chandler Unified schools. Participants will entertain the whole family while explaining how science is important to daily life through interactive demonstrations by Chandler’s technology companies, schools and more. Special thanks to this year’s sponsors: Northrop Grumman, Intel, Edwards Vacuum, First Things First and WM of Arizona.

New ordinance takes effect Jan. 5 allowing backyard chickens

Backyard Chicken Coop

The Chandler City Council approved the final adoption of an ordinance (with a 5-2 vote) that will allow backyard chickens within single-family lots. The approved ordinance will take effect on Jan. 5, 2023.

Per the ordinance, up to five chickens would be allowed per yard and residents with chickens must have a chicken coop on their property set back five feet from all property lines. No roosters would be permitted.

This ordinance would not impact residences located within a homeowner’s association (HOA) community. Homeowners living in an HOA would be required to follow the rules of a HOA (covenants, conditions & restrictions known as CC&Rs) related to backyard chickens. More than 70% of Chandler residents live within an HOA community.

2023 Chandler State of the City

Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke and the City Council will host the State of the City on Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Chandler Center for the Arts (CCA), 250 N. Arizona Ave. The event begins with a reception at 5 p.m. in the CCA foyer, followed by the Mayor’s remarks at approximately 6 p.m. 

The theme this year is Chandler Through the Decades. During the reception, guests can enjoy dance and vocal 
performances from talented Chandler creatives, as well as a look at Chandler through the decades in a themed lobby 

Mayor Hartke will highlight Chandler’s numerous accomplishments from 2022 and provide insight into things to come this year. The speech will be available on demand the following week. 

The event is free and open to the public.  

FAQs on recycling and trash in Chandler

Truck entering Recycling Solid Waste Collection Center

The Recycling-Solid Waste Collection Center (RSWCC) is a residential drop-off facility for recycling and trash disposal. It is located at 955 E. Queen Creek Rd., and is open Thursday through Monday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed Tuesday, Wednesday and City-observed holidays). These are some of the most frequently asked questions about the RSWCC:

What do I need to bring with me to use the RSWCC? A photo ID and a current copy of your City of Chandler utility bill (City Code requires a current bill within the last 60 days). 

What if I don’t receive a City utility bill in the mail? I have autopay online. Residents with autopay should print a copy of their utility bill from the Utility Billing web page or have the bill print/barcode open and available on an mobile electronic device prior to driving on the scale for check-in.    

Who can use the RSWCC? Chandler residents with proper identification whose names are listed on the solid waste account are permitted use of the facility. Only waste generated at the address on the City utility bill is accepted for disposal.

Can I bring or authorize a third party to use the RSWCC for me? Use of the facility by a third party performing work at a resident’s property is prohibited. Residents must haul and unload material from the address shown on their Chandler utility bill.

What is the cost? 
First two visits per calendar year:

  • 0 – 400 lbs. - Free
  • 400 lbs. and over - $50/ton 

Additional visits: 

  • 0 – 400 lbs. - $10 per load
  • 400 lbs. and over - $50/ton (prorated)

$15 per Freon/coolant bearing appliance 

All fees are charged to the resident’s Chandler utility bill. Dropping off only recyclable materials will remain cost-free.


  • Chandler voters elected four candidates to serve on the City Council. Incumbent Kevin Hartke was elected Mayor. Angel Encinas, Jane Poston and incumbent Matt Orlando were elected as Councilmembers and will take office after an installation ceremony on Jan. 12, 2023.
  • City offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, for Martin Luther King, Jr./Civil Rights Day and Monday, Feb. 20, 2023 for the Presidents’ Day holiday. Trash and recycling collection will not be affected.
  • The Recycling-Solid Waste Collection Center is:
    • OPEN: Thursday through Monday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • CLOSED: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & City-observed holidays.
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  • Did you know? Persons with disabilities may request a reasonable modification or communication aids and services by contacting the City Clerk’s office at 480-782-2181 (711 via AZRS). Please make requests in advance as it affords the City time to accommodate the request. 

3     Daddy Daughter Dance, Community Center, 480-782-2730
3     Syncopated Ladies: Live, Center for the Arts, 480-782-2680
4     Daddy Daughter Dance, Community Center, 480-782-2730
4     We Banjo 3, Center for the Arts, 480-782-2680
7     Resident Registration Opens, All City Facilities, 480-782-2727
9, 23    City Council meeting, Council Chambers, 480-782-2181
10     Non-Resident Registration Opens, All City Facilities, 480-782-2727
10-12     Chandler City Championships, Tennis Center, 480-782-2651
10    South Chandler Self-Help Black History Program, Center for the Arts, 480-782-2218
13    State of the City, Center for the Arts, 480-782-2222
16     Sonoran Sunset Series – Star Alliance, Veterans Oasis Park, 480-782-2890
19     Karen Hester as Dolly Parton, Center for the Arts, 480-782-2680
20     Presidents’ Day, City offices closed
24    Chandler Men of Action 10th Annual African American Awards Banquet, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, 480-782-2218
24    Receptions for Stoic: Unprinting the Noble Savage and Fractal Lineage: Daniel Nez, Center for the Arts, 480-782-2695
25    Chandler Innovation Fair, Dr. A.J. Chandler Park – Stage Plaza, 480-782-3038
25     Mwenso & The Shakes, Center for the Arts, 480-782-2680
26     Rhythm of the Dance, Center for the Arts, 480-782-2680

Visit online or call the Special Events hotline at 480-782-2735 for more information.  

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