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  Candidate Forum - Sponsored by NVNA - link  
  Local - State Voter Information - link  
      About Local Development Issues  

Issue paper on Annexation/Vista Rancho - Sandy Geiger - 7/06


Where to locate CLC and DAC planning and zoning documents

  Las Cruces Consolidated Plan - 2006-2010 (very large document) pdf
  Las Cruces Consolidated Plan - Executive Summary (small document) pdf
  Las Cruces MPO Thoroughfare Plan pdf
Extra Territorial Zone and Authority - CLC and Doña Ana County link  
    About Smart Growth -General Information  

Smart Growth Definition - What are the charactistics of Smart Growth? - link

How to Achieve Smart Growth - What qualities will produce results? - link
Smart Growth Network - link  

In 1996, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency joined with several non-profit and government organizations to form the Smart Growth Network (SGN). The Network was formed in response to increasing community concerns about the need for new ways to grow that boost the economy, protect the environment, and enhance community vitality. The Network's partners include environmental groups, historic preservation organizations, professional organizations, developers, real estate interests; local and state government entities.

Smart Growth: Environmental Protection Agency - link  
  The EPA website promoting smart growth. Links to examples of smart growth in communities and resources.
SierraClub - Smart Growth and Affordable Housing - link  

Building Better: A Guide to America's Best New Development Projects - link


Challenge to Sprawl Toolkit - Sierra Club - link

  The objective of our national Challenge to Sprawl Campaign is to provide materials, winning campaign strategies, training and funding to better equip Club volunteers and staff to change sprawling suburban development patterns faced by their communities.

Challenge to Sprawl activists are making use of high-profile approaches which are easy to reproduce in areas across the country: These include grading public officials on sprawl-related votes, crafting local "Sprawl Costs Us All" reports which document the economic costs of sprawl, and conducting "Tours de Sprawl" as a way of gaining the attention of decision makers and local media.

  "This Land: The Battle over Sprawl and the Future of America" by Anthony Flint
  Grist Interview with Anthony Flint about Smart Growth - link
  Sprawl Watch - link  
  Wikipedia Smart Gowth - link  
    About Smart Growth - New Mexico  
1000 Friends of New Mexico - link  
  1000 Friends of New Mexico is a non-profit membership group advocating for sustainable community development. We promote policies and actions that respect New Mexico’s people and places by offering long-term models for growth that improve the region’s economic vitality.
Open Space Advisory Board - City of Albuquerque - link  
New Mexico Chapter of American Planning Association - link  
  The vision of the New Mexico Chapter of the American Planning Association is to be a catalyst for the innovative stewardship of local, regional and statewide resources in order to support healthy New Mexico communities.
House Bill 0349 - ETZ Authority - Bernalillo Co. and Albuq. - link  
  This bill restores the ability of larger municipalities, notably Albuquerque to annex into the municipality, land located in the unincorporated county and not located within another municipality. The bill eliminates the requirement that the board of county commissioners approve annexations occurring in Class A Counties. The bill also restored the planning and platting jurisdiction (within 5 miles) of municipalities with a population of over 200,000.  
    About Communities and Neighborhoods  
The New Rules Project - Designing Rules as if Community Matters - link
  Why New Rules?
Because the old ones don't work any longer. They undermine local economies, subvert democracy, weaken our sense of community, and ignore the costs of our decisions on the next generation. More...
National Neighborhood Coalition - link
  The NNC is a convener of people and organizations concerned about neighborhoods, a conduit of information about programs and policies, and an advocate for neighborhoods and community and neighborhood-based organizations.
Sustainable Communities Network - link
  A great resource for information about community organizing, protecting resources, governance, smart growth and creating place.  
    Links to Other Like-Minded Organizations    
  Citizen's Task Force for Open Space Preservation - link  
Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter Southern NM Group - link





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