Process Diary | January 4, 2017

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Unified Development Code Adopted, Capping Ambitious County-wide Planning Effort

At its Tuesday, December 13, 2016 meeting, the Doña Ana Board of County Commissioners adopted the County’s new Unified Development Code (UDC). The decision converts key principles outlined in the County’s Comprehensive Plan, adopted in August of 2015, into official code.

You can download the newly adopted code here (8.5mb .pdf).

Taken together, the Comprehensive Plan and the UDC represent achievements of a step-by-step process to engage citizens, businesses and County staff and elected leaders over the course of four years. Community members gave hundreds of hours of their time to develop and refine proposals. In the last year and a half alone, the County’s Planning and Zoning Commission held over 60 public meetings to assure the final draft of the UDC responded to community concerns.

Many of those who participated in those discussions attended the December 13 Commission meeting to give accolades to the results of the process and to the hard work and dedication of both the Doña Ana County Planning Staff and the Planning and Zoning Commission.

You can follow the process that led to this moment by reading the posts immediately preceding this one.

All those who contributed so much to this ambitious effort deserve congratulations.

The UDC will go into effect on February 2, 2017. A UDC User’s Manual is underway and will available soon.

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