Doña Ana County



Meeting Date: 
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 9:00am



On September 26, 2017, the Board of County Commissioners of Doña Ana County (BOCC) directed that a public hearing be conducted at their Regular Meeting on November 14, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. on the question of whether to adopt an amendment to Ordinance No. 287-2016, the Unified Development Code (UDC).  The public hearing will be held at the Doña Ana County Government Center located at 845 N. Motel Blvd., Las Cruces, New Mexico. 

Should you require special accommodations as a result of a disability, please contact the County ADA Coordinator at 525-5884 (voice), 525-5951 (TTY), or 1-877-827-7200 (toll free), or write to ADA Coordinator, 845 N. Motel Blvd., Las Cruces, New Mexico 88007.  Spanish language interpretation services are available upon request. Please contact the Community & Constituent Services Office at 525-6163, at least 48 hours prior to the event. Servicios de interpretación en las juntas será disponible por petición. Por favor en contacto la Oficina de Servicio a la Comunidad y Constituyentes 525-6163 por lo menos 48 horas por adelantado para pedir este servicio.

The Official Title of the proposed ordinance is: The Unified Development Code—Amendment No. 1.

GENERAL SUMMARY: The UDC was adopted by the BOCC and became effective on February 2, 2017.  The overall goals of the new code was to update, simplify, and map zone the entire County and eliminate the Extra-territorial Zone (ETZ) surrounding the City of Las Cruces.  Staff has been using the UDC since it became effective and have identified areas that need improvement, corrections and clarifications in order to minimize variances and improve the overall document to make it more user friendly.  The following Sections of the Ordinance are proposed for amendment: 

Article 1:  Section 1.4.3

Article 2:  Section 2.2.1.a.iii, 2.4.4.f, 2.13.1, 2.15.2.i-iii

Article 5:  Section 5.1, 5.2.b, 5.2.3, 5.2.3.f, 5.2.4.e, 5.3.8.f, 5.3.9.b, 5.4.8, 5.5.1, 5.5.2, 5.7, Section 5.8.9.l, 5.9, 5.11.1.c.i&ii, and Tables 5.5 and 5.25  

Article 6:  Clarify throughout that BMPs are coordinated with Staff, not designed, Section 6.3.7 and Table 6.11

Article 7:  Glossary of Terms amended related to Section 5.7

Article 8:  Appendix X expanded from items in Section 5.7


Written comments may be submitted no later than November 7, 2017 to to be included in the BOCC packet. Oral comments may be presented at the hearing. A copy of the proposed Amendment may be obtained upon payment of an administrative fee at the Office of the County Clerk, Doña Ana County Government Center, 845 N. Motel Blvd., Las Cruces, New Mexico during regular business hours. It is also available electronically at