THE VALENCIA COUNTY COMMISSION IS KILLING AGRICULTURE IN THE COUNTY.
At the July 1st County Commission meeting I witnessed the County Commission (via Facebook Live) approve a zone change request, 4 to 1, that had significant opposition from the local community. A zone change to C-2 had been previously defeated in January, 2020. Thirty neighborhood residents had signed a petition in opposition of the zone change to Commercial, C-1 from Rural Residential, RR-2. The owners did not state a plan and did not verbally state a business purpose. The zone change Request Description states “The property owners want to change the zoning for future development.” The opposition suggested that the property would be more valuable with the zone change and the unstated plan would be to sell the property. This property had been used for agriculture and does not appear to have ever had a structure on it.
The following goal is from the Valencia County Comprehensive Land Use Plan, 2005:
“Goal D: Preserve and protect lands for agricultural purposes in the
In addition, this property is located on a very busy section of Vigil Road/ El Cerro Loop where traffic can be very heavy.
The actions of the Commission were contrary to the wishes of the residents, the Land Use Plan and did not consider traffic patterns in the area.
Commercial development should be planned, there are vacant buildings nearby on NM47 with better traffic control. The Commission is not fulfilling the goals and objectives of the Land Use Plan or listening to the public.