Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Planners Look To Report For Growth Help.

Byline: K.C. Mason Journal Staff Writer

Hodgepodge development, dangerous streets, minimal recreation opportunities and multiple jurisdictions are just a few of the issues tackled in a hot-off-the-press planning initiative for Santa Fe's fast-growing southwest sector.

City and Santa Fe County planners are hoping the document will guide growth on more than 5,000 acres, including land along Airport Road, Agua Fria and around the congested Airport Road/Rodeo Road/Cerrillos Road intersection.

Almost 75 percent of the target area is in the Extraterritorial Zone, a two-mile-wide swath outside the city limits governed by both city and county officials. The zone/city border is especially jagged along Airport Road.

"This is one of the fastest-growing areas of the city and it is under tremendous development pressure," said Carrie LaCrosse, a senior city planner and initiative project manager. "A lot of the stuff is not built to city standards."

LaCrosse's job, with help from County Planning Director Jack Kolkmeyer, is to sell the initiative to myriad city, county and Extraterritorial Zone boards and commissions that must approve the laws implementing the plan. …

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