From left, Open Space Specialist Craig Martin, Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan and Parks, Recreation and Open Space Manager Randy Smith present details of the Los Alamos County Open Space Management Plan to Council during today’s noon meeting in Council Chambers. ScreenShot/LADP
P&Z Commissioner Phil Gursky speaks during public comment advising Council that the plan is in conflict with existing County plans and cautioned them about designating the entire land as W-1 (scenic open lands district). ScreenShot/LADP
PRB Open Space Subcommittee member Kevin Holsapple encourages Council to approve the proposed plan. ScreenShot/LADP
Time ran out before a motion could be made today by County Council on the proposed Open Space Management Plan as a guideline for County stewardship of County-owned open space.
Open Space Specialist Craig Martin, Community Services Director Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan and Following extensive questioning by Council and several members of the community speaking during public comment, the issue was tabled at the noon meeting in Council Chambers. When Council agreed to hold the once a month Friday meetings at noon, it was with the assurance that the council chair would maintain a strict 90-minute format.
Council Chair Kristin Henderson said the proposed plan will be placed for consideration on a future agenda.
The Open Space Management Plan was reviewed and approved by the Open Space Advisory Subcommittee of the Parks and Recreation Board, and the Parks and Recreation Board also reviewed and recommended approval of this plan to the County Council.
The Open Space Management Plan is a compilation of the efforts of the Open Space Advisory Committee (formed at the request of County Council in 2001), the current Open Space Advisory Subcommittee of the Parks and Recreation Board, and the County’s Open Space Specialist. The plan is a framework for management of County-owned open space, which requires attention and maintenance if it is to remain an aspect of quality of life in Los Alamos. The plan clearly defines open space; designates its location; addresses what it offers to residents; and then provides goals and objectives that are detailed, measurable, and achievable.
The plan identifies key features of open space that enhance the desirability of Los Alamos as a place to live or visit, and outlines methods to protect those features. Approval and adoption of the plan would demonstrate the County’s commitment to maintaining this aspect of quality of life in Los Alamos, which provides the backdrop to residents’ daily lives, attracts new residents; and expands the economic base of the County as an outdoor adventure destination for visitors.
The features identified by the plan are:
- – Vistas and viewpoints;
- – Natural resources;
- – Cultural and historical resources;
- – Trails and open space as trail corridors;
- – “Neighborhood;
To manage these features and promote Los Alamos as an outdoor recreation destination that stimulates economic development, the plan proposes the following key actions:
- Consolidate public lands currently used as open space into a specifically identified Los Alamos Open Space System under the existing P-L (W-1) zoning overlay. This aligns with the Draft Land Use Map developed as a part of the Comprehensive Plan Update;
- Find acceptable methods for protecting mountain and canyon vistas;
- Continue active management of natural and cultural resources by reducing wildland fire fuels, controlling invasive species, addressing runoff from burned and urbanized areas, addressing County service roads and construction projects, promoting restoration projects and other land management strategies;
- Enhance the County Trail Network to appeal to a broader range of trail users and to encourage new business opportunities that are focused on open space and trails. Acknowledge the uniqueness of Los Alamos’ offering of natural landscapes within neighborhoods with outdoor recreation opportunities are only a few minutes’ walk from nearly every home in the community.
Councilor Steven Girrens asks for clarification about the W-1 desigation. Screen Shot
Councilor James Chrobocinski poses questions about the possibility for future development. ScreenShot/LADP
Councilor Rick Reiss questions many aspects of the proposed plan. ScreenShot/LADP