as of February 7, 2014:
The Planning Dept. just posted an updated version of the draft Taos
County Land Use Regulation (LUR) 2014-1. Basically they took comments
from the previous workstudy sessions that have been held over the last
couple of months and included them in this new updated draft. Many of
the updates/changes are in red.
Please forward this to other landowners who are not on the listserve.
The next and final workstudy session with the County Commissioners is
scheduled for Feb. 25 at 6 pm in the County Commissioners' Chambers.
I believe this will be the last public workstudy session prior to a
publicized formal public hearing in front of the Board of Commissioners.
The date of the public hearing will be announced in the Taos News.
If the Board of County Commissioners votes to approve LUR 2014-1 (most
likely sometime in March), our overlay will then be reviewed by the
Planning Dept. and SNA landowner meetings will follow to discuss the
proposed overlay and any possible changes.
as of January 20, 2014:
At the first work/study session on Jan. 14, Planning Director Rick Bellis
walked the Taos County Board of Commissioners through most of the redline
version of the 2013-8 draft LUR. There will be a final LUR work/study
session in February. The Planning Dept. will then give public notice
for the Board of Commissioners public hearing which is estimated to
be in March at which time the board will hear public comment and vote
on the regulation.
Update as of May 8, 2013:
Two things will be happening in the next several months related to the
new Taos County Land Use Regulation:
1. The Taos County Planning Dept. is preparing to hold
work/study meetings in June to review with landowners the current draft
of the LUR. The work/study sessions and meetings will be announced in
the Taos News later this month. I will post dates on this page. The
current County wide draft LUR 2012-1 is not final and is currently still
being worked on by the Taos County Planning Dept.
2. After the Taos County Board of Commissioners approves the
new LUR , they will allow Neighborhood Associations (NA) to present
their draft Zoning Overlays which outline more specific zoning regulations
for their specific neighborhoods. The SNA Zoning Overlay will be available
for download here as soon as the Planning Dept. completes their review
of it in March, 2014.
Brief History of Current Draft Overlay:
In 2010 the County’s planning dept. asked all neighborhoods to
start preparing/revising their ordinances or draft ordinances (zoning
overlays) because the County aimed to approve a new Land Use Regulation
(LUR) by the end of 2011. Although the SNA had a zoning overlay in place,
we were instructed to reformat it into a new template, which would be
used for every neighborhood. We took some time to prepare a draft document
that would retain what the neighborhood had approved in 2006. The County
asked that we add a new zone between the Highway 64 easement and the
SNA’s Commercial Zone. In follow-up meetings with the Planning
Dept., we learned that this new Highway Corridor Zone is optional. When
it is completed, we will post a copy of the SNA draft overlay here for
review by all SNA landowners. We would like to complete this review
by the end of JULY 2013 so we can get our zoning back into the regulation
ASAP after the Board of Commissioners approves the new countywide LUR.
This draft document should be reviewed by all SNA landowners, who should
email any comments, whether pro or con, to both Terry Thompson (email@example.com)
and John Durham (SNA Board President) at (firstname.lastname@example.org).
It is very important that we be ready to present our zoning overlay
for approval by the Taos County Board of Commissioners as soon as possible
after the new County LUR is approved.
On January 31, 2012, the Board of County Commissioners heard a short
presentation by SNA President John Durham about our draft zoning overlay.
Only one question was asked: what would happen if the countywide 2012
draft ordinance did not get approved? It seemed that our approved amendment
to the 2006 ordinance would remain in effect as approved in 2006.
That afternoon the County Commissioners decided not to approve the Taos
County 2012 draft ordinance. Nevertheless, our amendment remained in
effect until the new 2012-1 LUR would be approved.
A common objection to the LUR approval in January 2012 had to do with
residents claiming that they had not been adequately involved in this
planning effort. The County is attempting to make sure that this objection
Contact the Planning Department if you have any questions about any
part of this LUC draft or process. Contact Nathan Sanchez, Senior Planning
Director for the Taos County Planning Department. He can be reached
at 575-737-6443 or email@example.com.
In their efforts, the County has reformatted the general LUR and our
2006 overlay has been transferred into this new format. The Taos County
Planning Dept. and the county attorney have extensively reviewed our
overlay and 10 other neighborhoods' draft ordinances. We encourage all
SNA landowners to read the final 2012 draft, which has a number of changes.
One significant change is the elimination of any ordinance requirements
that the County now requires to be in neighborhood CCRs (covenants and
restrictions) as they are not enforceable in the Land Use Regulation.
After the County Commissioners approve the new draft LUR, it will be
too late to make comments. So get a copy and read it now while you can
still have input. If you have specific questions about the new draft,
please contact Nathan Sanchez, Senior Planning Director for the Taos
County Planning Department. He can be reached at 575-737-6443 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
History of the planning effort to create the “original
2006” SNA Land Use Ordinance amendment:
From November 2003 to early 2006, a Comprehensive Land Use Steering
Committee for the Stagecoach Neighborhood Association met almost monthly
with the goal of helping the SNA general membership develop a plan to
regulate land uses within SNA boundaries. We followed a procedure established
by Taos County for controlling development within the different neighborhoods.
Only one other neighborhood association, Upper Las Colonias, had successfully
completed such a plan. Nick Jaramillo, our County Commissioner, and
Allen Vigil, past County Planning Director, gave us their full support
in this process.
In early 2004 we began to involve all property owners in the process
of discussing how this plan should develop. It was important for everyone
to participate in the meetings we scheduled and/or to give their input
on surveys we mailed out to all owners. The steering committee solicited
everyone’s comments as we worked with the County Planning Department
and the County Attorney in writing the final ordinance for submission
to the County Commission.
We developed a database of all known property owners in the SNA. This
database created our mailing list. We sent out US mail or email announcements
of each general meeting to the property owners in our database. Finally,
in August 2006, Taos County approved the SNA Land Use Ordinance Amendment
2006-8. Our amendment became part of Taos County Land Use Ordinance
The approved amendment divides the SNA into 5 zones, each with unique
development standards. As of September 14, 2006, all building or remodeling
would be required by County law to conform to this ordinance.
Note that many parts of the SNA also have covenants. Covenants are not
enforced by any government agency. Covenant violations are addressed
through private legal actions initiated by the affected landowners.