Public Updated on A-19a Project at White Rock Meeting

Capital Projects and Facilities Director Anne Laurent, Community and Economic Development Department Housing Manager Paul Andrus, center, and Associate Planner Dan Osborn field questions at Monday’s public meeting on the A-19a project in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ldailypost.com

Consultant Will Gleason reviews final conceptual designs for residential and commercial development of A-19a Monday evening. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff report

Los Alamos County’s Economic and Community Development Department hosted a public workshop Monday evening to present the updated A-19a Masterplanning Study and next steps planned for commercial and residential development.

The A-19a parcel is just beyond the White Rock Visitor Center along N.M. 4 in White Rock.

Consultant Will Gleason of Dekker/Perich/Sabatini in Albuquerque reviewed final conceptual designs for residential and commercial development with the audience of about 25 people who attended the meeting at Fire Station 3 in White Rock.

Gleason explained during his presentation that several opportunities exist for that particular site:

•Part of comprehensive plan for improvements (WRMP);
•Good access off of State Road 4;
•Good access to infrastructure;
•Potential to serve Bandelier visitors, commuter traffic;
•Panoramic views of Sangre de Cristo mountains; and
•Access to Los Alamos Public School System.
 
Gleason also shared site contraints with the audience:
 
•Over 30 percent of the site is not developable due to slope/easements/arroyo;
•Site slopes approximately 60 feet from east to west and few areas are flat;
•Shallow depths to basalt bedrock make excavation more expensive;
•Lack of potential connections to adjacent properties; and
•Traffic noise from N.M. 4.
 
The next steps for the project include:
 
•Submit Master Development Plan to the County;
•Split the 60-acre parcel into two tracts; and
•Rezone the tracts.
 
The County has posted information and renderings for A-19a on its new “Open Forum” page to provide those not able to attend the meeting the opportunity to submit comments until 5 p.m., Monday, March 4.

Access the County’s Open Forum by linking here.

For additional questions regarding the project, e-mail Paul Andrus or phone him at 662-8197.

White Rock resident Tony Fox discusses the A-19a project with the consultant and County staff. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Capital Projects and Facilities Director Anne Laurent listens as audience members discuss A-19a. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Consultant Will Gleason reviews final conceptual designs for residential and commercial development of A-19a with members of the public Monday evening. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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