Doña Ana County



Residents of Santa Teresa and surrounding areas will have an opportunity soon to speak out publicly about a recommendation from the county’s Planning and Zoning Commission to establish community-district zoning in the developing areas of Santa Teresa.

The Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing at the regular meeting of May 25, 1999 at 5 p.m. to consider the zoning proposal, which also is known as traditional map-zoning. If approved, the affected areas would be generally east and south of the Santa Teresa Airport, west of McNutt Road, west to the Southern Pacific railroad tracks and extending south of the existing Santa Teresa Golf Course. The area is approximately 10 square miles and includes vacant land as well as established neighborhoods.

According to county Planning Director Judy Price, the purpose of Community District zoning is “to provide separation of land uses with similar characteristics and provide for some predictability in new developments so as to assure compatibility with existing land use patterns.”

Among the zones proposed, Price said, are: Community District Residential (CR-1), allowing single-family, site-built homes; Planned Unit Development (PUD-1), allowing mixed housing types following public hearings and approvals of specific site plans before any construction is approved; High Intensity Community Residential (CR-3), allowing apartment buildings; Community Commercial (CC-1), allowing neighborhood commercial zoning; and PUD-2, Planned Unit Development for Industrial and Commercial Purposes, in which public hearings and site-plan approvals will be required before construction is approved.

A subcommittee of the Planning and Zoning Commission was appointed to guide the staff study process. Two planning commissioners, Mary Helen Llañez and Valecia Gavin, along with six residents, formed the subcommittee, which was chaired by Orlando Cervantes. The subcommittee held five work meetings and a community meeting at Santa Teresa High School before making its recommendations to the Planning and Zoning Commission. The commission subsequently held a public hearing April 22, 1999, and approved the subcommittee’s recommendations with minor modifications.

Letters of notification of the County Commission’s upcoming hearing, along with a map, will be mailed 15 days prior to the hearing, as required by law, to all affected property owners in the area being considered for zoning, as well as for properties within 300 feet of the affected areas.

Residents who have questions or concerns about the proposed zoning in Santa Teresa may contact the county’s Community Development Department at (505) 647-7237. A copy of the proposed zoning map and a complete list of proposed zones also may be viewed at the Community Development offices at 430 S. Main St. in Las Cruces or at the County Clerk's office in the Doña Ana County Courthouse at 251 W. Amador Ave.