CityScope: November - December 2021

Chandler tradition to kick off holidays
Tumbleweed Tree Lighting & Parade of Lights

Music of the season. A festive and glittery parade. A visit by a jolly old elf from the North. A holiday tradition with a distinctive Southwestern flavor. These are just some of the sights and sounds you will experience when you come to Downtown Chandler on Saturday, Dec. 4, for Chandler’s annual holiday Parade of Lights and 65th Annual Tumbleweed Tree Lighting.

The activities start in Dr. A.J. Chandler Park at 4:30 p.m. with musical performances, craft and food vendors, photos with Santa and other family entertainment. At 6:45 p.m., the Parade of Lights moves north down Arizona Avenue from Frye Road to Erie Street.

Every vehicle and group in the parade will be creatively decorated and lit up with holiday lights. Immediately after the parade at 8 p.m. will be the annual lighting of Chandler’s Tumbleweed Tree, the only one of its kind in the Southwest.

Choose Chandler this holiday season

Downtown Farmers Market

We encourage you to support your Chandler business community by shopping local and shopping early this holiday season. Launched by the City’s Economic Development Division, the #ChooseChandler initiative is about choosing Chandler businesses first. Keep in mind that every time you make a purchase at a local business, you’re not just helping that individual business. It’s a fact that $43 out of every $100 spent at a Chandler business gets recirculated back into our local economy to stimulate jobs, improve community infrastructure and provide services to maintain Chandler’s high quality of life. 

And it all starts with a single purchase — from day-to-day purchases like a meal at the neighborhood eatery, new clothes from your favorite boutique, weekly groceries and even those more infrequent purchases like a new car — they all add up. 

Follow along at @VisitChandler on Instagram and Facebook for holiday-themed giveaways, profiles and information on how you can support local business and make lasting memories here in Chandler.     

Chandler Fire to hold annual toy drive event — donate a toy for a ride in a fire truck   

Chandler Fire Toy Drive

The Chandler Fire Department will hold its annual toy drive from 2-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. All donations will be distributed to Chandler children in need. 

The event takes place at Chandler Fashion Center, in front of the south-facing entry point in the valet parking area near the food court. Anyone who donates new, unwrapped toys or gift cards will be provided a ride in the fire truck. Drive up, drop-off only toy donations will also be accepted in the southwest parking lot next to the valet parking area. 

   In addition, toys can be dropped off from Nov. 15 through Dec. 10 at all of Chandler’s fire stations and the Fire Administration Headquarters (HQ) located at 151 E. Boston St. (gift cards will only be accepted at HQ). For a contactless method, an Amazon wishlist is available. The link can be found on the Fire Department website, or on Chandler Fire’s social media pages: 
IG: @chandlerfiredept, FB & Twitter: @chandlerfire.  

Chandler offers passport services

Did you know that the Chandler City Clerk’s Office is designated by the U.S. Department of State as a Passport Acceptance Facility? That’s right! Chandler residents and the general public can come to Chandler City Hall to process their passport application.

There will be no more long wait times — just make an appointment online to schedule a convenient time Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The website is updated in real time and appointments are added daily. It’s recommended to check frequently for open dates and times.

Once your appointment is scheduled, you’ll receive an email with a checklist of payment requirements, paperwork and 
identification to bring to your appointment.

As a reminder, if you have emergency travel, we recommend visiting or call 1-877-487-2778. 

Applications open for ‘CIVIC’
Connect with your government

Mayor Kevin Hartke and the Chandler City Council are excited to announce that applications are open for CIVIC, an interactive, 12-session program providing Chandler residents with a behind-the-scenes look at city services.  

This free program will again launch in January 2022 and is the latest offering by the City of Chandler to help residents connect with their government. Each session, participants will meet with City leaders, tour facilities that keep our City running, participate in interactive sessions and learn how to stay engaged with the City and in their community.   

Applications will be open from Nov. 1 to Dec. 3.    


Flood zones in Chandler

Several small areas in Chandler are located in what is commonly referred to as the 100-year floodplain. These areas are generally adjacent to canal banks and railroad track embankments where water ponds can develop during periods of heavy rainfall.

Visit the City website to determine whether your property is located in a floodplain, through a link to the Maricopa County Flood Control District website. This site provides the current effective floodplain map and additional resources including available Elevation Certificates and Flood Hazard Identification Studies. Currently, there is an active study, the Tempe Area Drainage Master Study (ADMS), in which west Chandler is included, to assess flooding in this region.

The City of Chandler participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). As a participant of the NFIP, the City adopted Floodplain Management Resolution 5004 and has established development requirements consistent with federal criteria.

Flood insurance is available to almost everyone from the federal government’s NFIP. Most homeowners’ policies do not cover flood losses. Contact your insurance agent concerning such coverage. More information regarding flood protection is available from FEMA at or Construction within flood zones is tightly regulated. Permits are required for any building or site alterations to ensure maximum protection against flooding is maintained.

The Downtown Chandler Library has a reference collection that includes several FEMA publications, which are available for 
public review; many are available for public distribution, and some are available in e-book format. Also, the Library has 
current FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps and Studies for Maricopa County and incorporated areas. Call the Chandler Public Library at 480-782-2800.

To report illegal dumping/discharges into streets or storm drains, or standing water or flooding issues in Chandler, please call 480-782-3503. Staff can provide property assistance visits to assist you to evaluate and mitigate ponding and flooding issues. Visit (search flood-plains) to download the Property Owner’s Manual for Stormwater Management (PDF) for information and requirements for stormwater collection systems. For more information on flood zones including floodways, flood studies and depths and historic flooding, call 480-782-3300 or visit Development Services, located at 215 E. Buffalo St. 

City offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day; Thursday and Friday Nov. 25-26 for Thanksgiving; Monday, Dec. 27 through Friday, Dec. 31 the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. 

The estimated population for the City of Chandler as of Oct. 1, 2021, is 280,840 (+199 from last month).

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