Tesuque Community Plan 2013
|“We are seriously concerned about the maintenance and preservation of Tesuque’s intrinsic rural character. That character derives its uniqueness from larger geographic context of the high desert, its historical and cultural diversity and its community spirit”- Rio Tesuque Community Land Use Plan 2000
Tesuque Community Plan 2013 Review and Adoption Process
Over the last two years Santa Fe County has been collaborating with Tesuque community members to review and update the Community Plan adopted in 2000. The planning process involved extensive community outreach and input and the plan is now ready for County review and consideration for adoption as an amendment to the Sustainable Growth Management Plan.
Input and feedback from the community review process conducted over the summer has been incorporated into a final draft for review and adoption by the Board of County Commissioners (BCC).
To view the BCC Review Draft please click on the link below:
The County has scheduled public hearings before the Board of County Commissioners on November 26th and December 10th. The intent is to introduce the plan at the first hearing and seek adoption at the second hearing as amendment to the Santa Fe County Sustainable Growth Management Plan.
Once adopted, the plan will guide land use and development in Tesuque, provide a planning framework for the development of zoning regulations and a platform for identifying and prioritizing capital improvement projects.
Overview of the Tesuque Community Plan 2013
The Plan Update is intended to guide future land development in Tesuque and address community needs. Highlights from the plan include:
- New Land Use Designations and Map with provisions based on topography and existing uses, lot sizes and development patterns to ensure compatibility among various land uses, to reinforce historic patterns and protect scenic and natural resources.
- The establishment of a Rural Commercial Overlay Zone to support existing and appropriately located commercial establishments that provide neighborhood goods and services.
- Refinement of minimum lot size and gross density requirements that better reflect existing conditions and support rural lifestyles. In some areas the plan recommends increases to minimum lot sizes and in other areas the plan recommends decreases to minimum lot sizes.
- Reaffirmation that minimum lot size and gross densities should not be adjusted down when community water and sewer systems are provided.
- Allowing secondary dwelling units as a conditional use to support multi-generational households and aging in place.
- General support for the on-going implementation of the Bishop’s Lodge Resort & Spa Master Plan.
- Strategies for proactive and collaborative approach to code enforcement.
- General provisions for home occupations, non-conforming uses, illegal driveways and dark night skies.
- Incentives for preserving contiguous agricultural lands and open space.
- A Scenic Corridor Schematic Plan and provisions that reflect the current character while improving safety in order to guide future improvements to Bishops Lodge Road and Tesuque Village Road.
- Strategies for preserving social trails.
- Strategies for the provision of appropriate public parking for regional access to Santa Fe National Forest.
- Strategies to protect surface and ground water including recommending a feasibility study for waste water treatment for the area associated with the village core and Griego Hill.
- Strategies to reduce wildfire vulnerability and enhance response capacity.
- Strategies for enhanced walking, biking, and transit opportunities.
- Strategies for enhancing the safety of Tesuque roads.
- Opportunity to create a community center in Tesuque.
- Recommendation for community members to form a committee to address land use and development issues in the planning area; to address code education and code enforcement issues; and to otherwise support implementation of the plan as a precursor to forming a Community Organization
Existing Plan and Ordinance:
How to Provide Feedback:
Please share any questions, thoughts, or suggested edits you may have regarding the draft Community Plan with County planning staff (contact information listed below). The County needs your feedback to ensure that the Community Plan reflects community values and preferences.
Questions? Comments? Please Call or e-mail
Sarah Ijadi, Senior Planner, Santa Fe County Growth Management
505-986-6236 or email@example.com