High-density residential could replace open space

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By Katy Korkos

The planning and zoning commission took another step to prepare for the Trinity Site development when it approved a zoning change at Wednesday evening’s meeting. The change affects parcel A-8, a 24-plus acre parcel which lies between Los Alamos Canyon and D.P. Road.The property is slated for development as part of the Boyer Company’s overall proposal to bring retail, affordable housing, and single-family homes to Los Alamos. The area that was rezoned Wednesday will hold single family homes on the eastern end of the property and apartments on the western end.After the zoning change is approved by council, the new zoning, called R-3-H-40 (multiple family residential-very high density) will allow for high-density residential uses, with up to 43.6 housing units per acre per lot and a maximum allowable height of 50 feet.Community Development Director Rick Bohn acted as both staff and applicant for the county at Wednesday’s quasi-judicial hearing. Bohn described the thought process behind choosing the high-density zoning designation over the R-3-H, which has a 35-foot height limit and 21.8 unit per acre per lot allowance. Bohn said that 35 feet accommodates a three-story building, but that the 50-foot height limit would allow for parking to be built underneathBohn said Boyer’s current proposal shows 12 dwelling units per gross acre overall.

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