The Santa Fe City Council has voted to institute a process that will allow for greater public and council input in selecting property for the construction of new affordable income units.
That vote came in the wake of a debate over a proposal to allocate city-owned land at the northeast corner of Yucca Street and W. Zia Road for the possible construction of up to 100 units.
Although that proposal won the approval of the city’s Finance Committee, members of the Santa Fe City Council gave it a thumbs down after residents said the proposed 5-acre site would cause too much noise and traffic in their neighborhoods.
As proposed, the new reviewing process will be conducted by the city’s Community Development Commission, which is tasked with advising the council on affordable housing construction matters.
The results of the new process are expected to be presented to council members next March.
By Garry Boulard
Sign up for a free trial