P&Z To Hear Subdivision Plat Plan Wednesday

The Los Alamos Public Schools Administrative Office is to the west of the proposed subdivision. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com
The Smart House is located on one of the lots in the proposed subdivision. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County is asking the Planning and Zoning Commission to approve a preliminary subdivision plat to divide two existing lots on 20th Street south of Trinity Drive into six new lots. A public hearing on the plat is slated for 5:30 p.m., Wednesday in the Council Chambers in the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave. The County hopes the individual lots will later be sold to commercial developers.

The L-shaped property lies east of the CenturyLink telecommunications switching station and west of the Los Alamos Public Schools administration office. One of the existing lots if 2.56 acres and the other is 3.22 acres. An existing electrical substation and the Smart House will remain on the property under the proposal, and a new utility easement will be established around an existing utility vault.

Los Alamos County does not have a subdivision ordinance so the county plans to follow the New Mexico Subdivision Act. Owners of property within 100 feet of the proposed subdivision were mailed notices about the project and as of Mar. 22, no comments or concerns have been received. The County says in the application that utilities for the property currently exist but they are not sufficient to serve anticipated future development. It adds that “there is funding within the county’s Capital Improvement Plan to install utility infrastructure that will serve future developments”.

One of the criteria for reviewing application for subdivision dictates that provisions shall be made for the safe ingress, egress and circulation of vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. The County application says the subdivision will be served by new sidewalks and roadways with the goal of improving traffic safety and traffic flow, adding that improvements proposed with the subdivision will “mitigate an uncontrolled access point to Trinity Avenue”. Planning and Zoning staff indicated no changes to ingress/egress or circulation of vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians are being proposed at this time. They say the County Public Works Department plans to construct a new roadway which will make the area safer.

For more information on the proposed subdivision, call Anders Millmann, 505.662.8055.

The proposed subdivision is located south of the CenturyLink switching station on Trinity Drive. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com