Saturday, February 20, 2010

Professor urges locals to speak up on development

Public input welcome at twice-weekly workshops for sustainable land plans

Phaedra Haywood | The New Mexican
Posted: Friday, February 19, 2010 - 2

"Planning may not be intriguing, but planning professor David Henkel has a warning for Santa Fe County residents: "If you don't plan, someone else is going to make decisions that you can't control and you may not like them."

Henkel is one of about 20 county residents providing public input at twice-weekly workshops designed to usher Santa Fe County's draft Sustainable Land Development Plan or SLDP, toward adoption.

Henkel has lived in the Galisteo Basin area since 1987. He teaches planning at The University of New Mexico's School of Architecture and Planning and has spent the last 10 years working with his students conducting environmental research in southern Santa Fe County. He helped the communities of Lamy, Eldorado, Galisteo, Cerrillos and Santo Domingo Pueblo develop their own community plans and participated in the last two plan rewrites for Santa Fe County.

He said the SLDP is a more evolved version of the plans penned in the past two decades.

"In the early '80s, the key factor was water," Henkel said. The update in the early '90s kept the focus on water, but added in a consideration of planning for infrastructure and services, he said.

Henkel said the new plan considers more factors, including the health of the land, water and the economy.

What's most different about it, Henkel said, is that it takes into account the singularity of Santa Fe County. " More>>>>

Revised Sustainable Land Development Plan (SLDP)>>>>

1 comment:

  1. Another group attending the Sustainable Land Development Plan (SLDP) “Review Workshops” meetings is the United Communities of Santa Fe County (UCSFC), which is a congress of organizations like: traditional villages, homeowner and neighborhood associations; and water rights, environmental and advocacy groups. Those organizations which have represented your interests and have worked to meet your needs throughout the years. Now they are participating in a bigger forum to achieve even more impact for you. By banding together we have increased our clout and effectiveness (the old cliché---strength through numbers).

    We would like to invite you to a meeting on February 23 at 6 p.m. of the United Communities of Santa Fe County. The meeting is at the Nancy Rodriguez Community Center at #1 Prairie Dog Loop on County Road 62 just off State Road 599.

    Frank Hirsch, from Galisteo; Carl Dickens, La Cienega Valley; Paul White, Las Tres Villas; Vicente Roybal, Pojoaque Valley; Walt Wait, San Marcos District; Elizabeth Prosapio, San Pedro; and myself, from Agua Fria Village, are founding members of the United Communities.

    UCSFC meets regularly to address local, state and federal issues that affect your quality of life. Member organizations join by submitting a resolution from their board supporting the UCSFC and/or requesting membership. Some organizations continue to come to meetings because of the impact we have made for them, but haven’t the formal step of committing to UCSFC by resolution. The UCSFC operates by consensus and if we can’t agree we honor the minority opinions by recording them as the organization moves forward on an issue.

    For more information:

    William Mee
    Agua Fria Village Association