Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Edgewood Zoning Changes Require Bigger Lots.(Mountain View)

Byline: Rory McClannahan Journal Staff Writer

The Edgewood Town Council adopted changes to the town's zoning ordinances at its regular meeting May 7.

Critics charged that the revisions would drive up land values and make it difficult to build low-income housing. About a dozen people spoke during the public meeting on the ordinance denouncing the changes. Many said Edgewood incorporated in 1999 to get away from Santa Fe County's restrictive zoning ordinances.

"It seems like we're going backward to the Santa Fe County general plan," Jim Rathbun, a local real estate agent, told the council.

The proposed changes include increasing minimum lot sizes for new developments in certain residential zones from 6,500 square feet to a quarter-acre, curtailing density within master plan zones and requiring open space to be dedicated in developments of 25 acres or more. …

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