Thursday, May 28, 2009


Brief update on today's meetings.

Commissioner Vigil:
Was open to our concerns, but indicated this RR Ordinance may be the best we can get. City planner was there and helped clarify
1. Although the City accepts Neighborhood Agreements and Covenants, should an individual member wish to apply for lot splits ( up to 3 per acre) it would be up to the homeowners association to sue that member.
2. Indeed, when City water/sewer is available, homeowners are expected to pay to connect. How and when to be determined.
3. Although "rarely used", the City can levy a special revenue district upon a neighborhood for improvements, including roads.

There was a good turn of people from diverse areas and backgrounds who spoke out against Annexation and the Rural Residential Ordinance. The City proposed the Ordinance be adopted immediately, to be reviewed and formally adopted in 4 months. The Commission voted with the City, 3 to 2. The ELUA determined that they did not have to consider the ELUC's recommendation for a 3 month delay for public input.
From now on, all development/additions/zoning/permits/etc will be handled by the City. There was some vague promise of "public outreach" to explain the changes during the next 4 months.

It is time to re-group and re-stratagize. Thanks for everyone who attended. BTW, a podcast of my interview today on KSFR is now available here. It is the lead interview in the broadcast and I answer questions articulating our concerns.

Stay tuned. Thanks everyone,



  1. Although one is obviously sorry for anyone that loses a job, it is hard to feel any deep regret about the decline of the construction industry in Santa Fe. When things were good, they were riding the crest of the wave charging egregious prices and treating customers shabbily and with contempt. The attitude was that they were doing one a favor by doing anything for one at one's home. Cost overruns and gross delays were the norm. Also, who can possibly gauge the damage the construction industry has done to this historic City with their indiscriminate building and unbridled contempt for neighborhoods that felt uncomfortable with their oversized homes and projects. If the current recession has eliminated the rampant hubris of the construction industry in Santa Fe and that of their fellow travellers, namely lawyers and realtors, it will have had a beneficial effect after all.

  2. Interesting article in today's Santa fe New Mexican on rise in unemplyment in Santa Fe, with particular emphasis on construction trade.

    Now, the City wants 10,000 acres for development. Meanwhile, nearby recent "new urban" developmens sit at 50% or less.

    But we can just keep on building, right?