Los Alamos County Council Unanimously Approves Resolution Adopting 2016 Comprehensive Plan

Los Alamos County Councilor James Chrobocinski, at right, asks clarifying questions of P&Z Chair Phil Gursky prior to moving to approve the 2016 Comprehensive Plan this evening, which Council approved 7-0. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

P&Z Chair Phil Gursky answers questions from councilors about the Comprehensive Plan at this evening’s County Council meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Three citizens spoke during public comment this evening about the open space area south of the Los Alamos County Airport being designated mix use in the Comp Plan at a previous council meeting. Council made it clear that public input would be sought prior to any proposed development on that land. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

The Los Alamos County Council unanimously approved the Comprehensive Plan – 29 years in the making – during this evening’s regular meeting in Council Chambers.

The Planning and Zoning Commission had voted unanimously during its Nov. 9 meeting to recommend that Council adopt the 2016 Comprehensive Plan for the incorporated County Of Los Alamos. Also, a public hearing was held during a regular County Council session Nov. 14, and Council amended and adopted the Commission’s 2016 Comprehensive Plan for the Incorporated County of Los Alamos. As required by the County’s Development Code, after adoption, the Council must formalize the adoption of the final 2016 Comprehensive Plan by resolution, which it did this evening.

Council made it clear that any development proposals for the open space land area south of the Los Alamos County Airport will be brought before the public for input.

The last adoption of a complete comprehensive plan occurred in 1987. Although several sections of the County’s Comprehensive Plan have been updated over the last several years, other sections have not.

The 2016 Comprehensive Plan replaces in their entirety Volumes 1-3, titled “1987 Los Alamos County Comprehensive Plan” as well as the following later adopted elements including the:

  • Vision Statement and Policy Plan – Adopted 2005;
  • Historic Preservation Plan Element – Adopted 2008;
  • Los Alamos Downtown Element – Adopted 2009; and
  • White Rock Center Element – Adopted 2012.

The current document is a policy plan, based on community input and the goals of the 2016 Strategic Leadership Plan. The Plan includes potential strategies for Council consideration as well as a Future Land Use Map. The primary purpose of the Plan is to guide the physical development of the County. The Plan adopts goals and policies that relate to the growth and the appearance of the community. In the process of the development of the Plan, several core historic priorities were confirmed as still relevant to the community and in addition new areas of interest were identified. These core themes form the organizing structure of the Plan. The themes are based on the desire for greater economic development, a commitment to neighborhood preservation, and protection of open space.

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