Tempe invites public to air thoughts on drones

Tempe Councilman Joel Navarro is asking city residents to come to a meeting on Jan. 17 to offer input on drone use in city parks.


Tempe Councilman Joel Navarro is asking city residents to come to a meeting on Jan. 17 to offer input on drone use in city parks.

The meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Business Resource and Innovation Center in the Tempe Public Library, will ask for public comment on a proposed drone ordinance and where drones should be allowed to take off and land in the parks.

Although most drone use is regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration and the states, cities may decide how they are used in city parks. A council group wants to amend an ordinance to ban drone takeoffs and landings in city parks north of Rio Salado Parkway and in nature preserves. It also is looking at guidance for police when dealing with improper drone use.

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

Those unable to attend the meeting may offer feedback at tempe.gov/forum.

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