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Has anyone thought of the schools?

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By Patricia Max

Dear Editor,The possibility of more than 400 families living either at Trinity Site or in housing adjacent to Trinity Site should cause concern for Los Alamos Public Schools, especially since the closest grade school is now rental property and since children from the new housing will most probably have to be bused to Aspen Elementary. However, that was not apparent Nov. 28, at the Planning and Zoning meeting when the commission approved the rezoning of what is called the A-8 parcel to Multi-family Residential (Very High Density) District. Criterion C from the development code states, “Consideration shall be given to the existing and programmed capacity of on-site and off-site public services and facilities including but not limited to water, sanitary sewer, electricity, gas, storm sewer, streets, sidewalks, traffic control, parks, fire and police to adequately serve the property should a rezoning result in any increase of the intensity of use of the property.” LAPS does provide a public service, and additional housing will certainly result in an increase of the intensity of use of the property. Just because the schools are not spelled out in Criterion C does not mean they are excluded since Criterion C includes the phrase, “included but not limited to.” Not one representative from LAPS attended the meeting, and nothing was said about the impact on LAPS.It makes no sense to have all the rules and regulations about how property in town is zoned when everyone affected is not included in the discussion from the beginning. It makes one feel that the public service provided by LAPS is of secondary importance in the community compared to all county provided public services.Patricia MaxLos Alamos