City Development Plan Meeting


City Development Plan Meeting

Public Invited To Participate In City’s Comprehensive Development Plan Process

Staff Report

The City of Espanola is looking towards the future and seeks to develop a Comprehensive Land Use Plan and revise the existing Zoning & Development Code and is inviting the public to participate in the process.

A public meeting detailing the process is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. at Anthony’s At The Delta.  

The City’s Department of Planning and Land Use has hired Integrated Planning & Design, based in Park City UT, to assist in the process as it updates the land use plan. This process was last updated in 2003.  Integrated Planning & Design has considerable experience in community design, land use and environmental planning, economic development, and community outreach.

The comprehensive planning document is intended to identify land use problems and solutions, and serve as a rationale to assess priorities in land use planning, infrastructure and transportation investment, economic development efforts, and environmental sustainability. The Dept. of Planning says the plan will establish policies for addressing issues related to economic growth and decline, and respond to challenges and opportunities related to community health and quality of life, affordable and manufactured housing, public facilities and open space, cultural and natural resource conservation, historic and agricultural preservation and intergovernmental relations.

The revised Zoning & Development Code, according to the city’s planning department will include the future land use regulations recommended by the updated plan. The revised code is intended to provide clear and predictable guidance to developers, policy makers, and community stakeholders. The ordinances included in the new code will establish policies for coordinated economic development, and outline strategies for sustained economic growth, smart residential and commercial expansion, and conservation of vital cultural and natural resources.