Aug 8, 2017

Talking and Planning Process Kicks In for Big Santa Fe Project


It may not be until sometime early next year before members of the Santa Fe County Commission will make a final determination on a new proposed 304-acre mixed-used project slated to go up on the north side of New Mexico State Road 599.

But public meetings have already been launched for what is being called Plaza la Tierra, a project that at full build-out could see the construction of 140 luxury homes, 60 single-family houses, and fifty individual apartment units or town homes.

The big project, which will require a county zoning change allowing for more than the currently mandated 120 homes at the site, is the brainchild of Scottsdale-based developer Lyle Anderson.

Anderson is the original developer behind the 4,700-acre Las Campanas luxury golf community in northwest Santa Fe where many homes today are listed for more than $2 million.

The Las Campanas project, since its start in the early 1990s, has seen the construction of more than 700 homes.

Anderson’s Plaza la Tierra represents only the latest entry in an increasing number of large upscale mixed-use residential developments in New Mexico.

Besides the project’s residential component, Plaza la Tierra will also include up to 200,000 square feet of commercial space on just under 7 acres.

The project is expected to be reviewed sometime in the next six months by the Santa Fe Planning Commission before making its way to the county commission for final approval.


By Garry Boulard

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