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P and Z begins comprehensive plan review

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By Arin McKenna

Los Alamos Community & Economic Development Director Anne Laurent brought only one visual aid with her to Wednesday’s Planning and Zoning Commission work session on revising the county’s comprehensive plan: a stack of approximately 20 documents, most ranging from one inch to four inches thick.
“Those are all the documents we’re going through to pull out and highlight information to incorporate into the new comprehensive plan,” Laurent said. “This is why, when people say, what’s in our comprehensive plan, you don’t get a good answer, because it’s too big to get your arms around it. It’s not a document that you can engage in easily: not the staff, and not the citizens.”
According to Laurent, the staff’s goal is to compile a unified document of 200 pages or less, so that those trying to adhere to the comp plan do not have to pore over numerous documents in order to comprehend it.
“Our goal is to take all the investment that has been made over the years and compile it into a usable document for our commission, for our staff, for our citizens,” Laurent said.
Staff plans to tackle the onerous task (which has been attempted several times since the Cerro Grande fire interrupted the last major effort) in three stages.


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